The organisation of the consortium and the responsibilities of its bodies are laid down in the regulations passed by the Conference of Swiss University Libraries (KUB). The consortium’s bodies are the Steering Committee, the Extended Board, the project management and the main office. 

Steering Committee & Extended Board

The Steering Committee defines the consortium’s strategic focus. Its members represent the various library and university types, the German and French-speaking parts of Switzerland, and the academic sector. The Steering Committee is subordinate to the KUB and reports to it on its activities.

The Extended Board is composed of the President of the Steering Committee, another member and the project head. The president calls the Extended Board as and when needed.

President: Dr Wilfried Lochbühler, Director, Main Library at the University of Zurich
Project Head: Dr Rafael Ball, Director, ETH-Bibliothek Zurich
Member of the Extended Board: Jeannette Frey, Director, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire Lausanne

Project Management & Head Office


The Project Management with the associated Head Office is responsible for the consortium’s operative business: it organises and coordinates the shared licensing of electronic information resources for Swiss academic libraries and provides various services for its consortium partners. The tasks of the head office are defined in the mission of the consortium adopted by the KUB-CBU and the steering board.

The office also serves as a contact point for academic libraries, organises the flow of information, keeps in regular contact with the libraries and is responsible for PR. Following a request for tenders in the autumn of 1999, Head Office was assigned to ETH-Bibliothek Zurich.

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