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The Schools Catalogue Information Service (SCIS) is an national online service developed and managed by Education Services Australia. They maintain a "database of consistent catalogue records created according to agreed national standards, in order to reduce the cost and duplication of effort of cataloguing resources in schools"

Refer to their website for information relating to subscriptions.

The catalogue records provided through this service can be added to the BiblioTECH Library System via two methods

Indirect : Download and Import

Using an internet browser, connect to and login to the SCIS system. Create an order and save the ensuing usmarc.dat data file to a convenient folder on your computer (refer to the SCIS website for information relating to the operation of their site)

In BiblioTECH Resource Manager,

  • select the menu  File - Import - Import via MARC file

  • Navigate to and select the usmarc.dat file saved above

  • Follow the prompts to add the records in the file to your BiblioTECH catalogue

  • You will need to access each of these newly added records to adjust the recordsTo add barcodes, supplier & price info etc.

Direct : using Z39.50

z39.50 is an internet communicatons protocol that allows computer based library systems to exchange information including catalogue records.

SCIS have implemented a z39.50 server and BiblioTECH incorporates a z39.50 client which allows it to directly access the SCIS catalogue records.

Configuration - SCIS
You need to contact SCIS and ensure that your SCIS UserID has been enabled for the
z39.50 system.

Configuration - Network
z39.50 protocol used could be blocked by network security. You need to ensure that all of your local cataloguing client computers can access the SCIS z39.50 server (refer)

Configuration - BiblioTECH
Open BiblioTECH System Utilities and open the Resource Management - SCIS Settings page



Host Name




<<your SCIS UserID>>


<<your SCIS password>>

After entering the details, click on the [Test] button.

If the connection can be made, you will be advised all is OK
Otherwise, ask you IT-Network staff to check if any network firewalls/routing changes need to be made.

Test Utility
Included in the BiblioTECH installation is a utility that can be used to assist in diagnosing
z39.50 communication problems.
The utility
z39_50_check.exe can be found on the BiblioTECH server computer in the folder

Copy the utility to the
C:\Program Files\BiblioTECH\v8\client  folder on the computer where the test needs to be performed.

Enter your local UserID and Password and click on the [Start] button.

You should see a successful connection and one result returned (this will be a long XML structure) ...

However, if there is a network connection issue - almost always resulting from a misconfigured Firewall. You will see ...

Alternatively, if your UserID and Password are rejected by SCIS, you will see ...

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