Library and literature documentation
With its range of services, the team provides quick access for various target groups from academic research, policymaking and practice to the literature and specialist information they need in the area of vocational education and training.
The BIBB library is the largest academic specialist library for the field of vocational education and training and VET research in German-speaking countries. It stocks 85,000 media items and currently subscribes to around 230 periodicals. In 2016, the “UNEVOC Resource Centre” was established in the library. This part of the library is dedicated specifically for the United Nation's International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training and its work. Current publications by UNEVOC and the network partners are presented here on their own shelf.
The VET Repository is a high-quality research tool that BIBB provides to the specialist community. The VET Repository superseded the Vocational Education and Training Literature Database (LDBB) in 2019. and is a systematic collection of literature references on all aspects of vocational education and training and VET research. In many instances, publications are made available on an Open Access basis.
Library and literature documentation actively contribute to increasing the visibility of BIBB publications. Numerous BIBB publications are available to download free of charge via the VET Repository.
‘Library and literature Documentation’ is also part of various networks:
- Working group for Libraries of Departmental Research Institutes of the Federal Government [Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Bibliotheken der Ressortforschungseinrichtungen des Bundes (BRB)]
- Working Group of Specialist Libraries, Section 5 (“Academic specialist libraries”) in the German Library Association [Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Spezialbibliotheken e.V. (ASpB), Sektion 5 („wissenschaftliche Spezialbibliotheken“) im Deutschen Bibliotheksverband (DBV)]
- German Society for Information and Knowledge [Deutsche Gesellschaft für Information und Wissen e.V. (DGI)]