The Zentralbibliothek Zürich has connected 60 high schools and vocational schools in the canton of Zurich to its electronic services. This grants a total of 60,000 upper-secondary level students and their teachers access to a comprehensive collection of e-media via the SWITCH edu-ID.
The Swiss Library Service Platform, the Canton of Zurich’s Office of Secondary and Vocational Education, the Zentralbibliothek Zürich (ZB) and SWITCH jointly developed the e-media service in March 2023. The SWITCH edu-ID gives students and their teachers access to electronic media. The SWITCH edu-ID is a personal, universally applicable digital identity in higher education and beyond. To gain access to the e-media service, students create a SWITCH edu-ID, store their school e-mail address and register with the Zentralbibliothek with a single click. They can then log in to access a vast collection of scientific e-media.
Monica Bronner, Head of the Media Library at Kantonsschule Hottingen, says of the new program: ‘Access to the ZB’s electronic media is a big deal. Students will find scientific information that is freely available. This is an excellent addition to Google, Wikipedia and the like. The SWITCH edu-ID is therefore the key to scientific information, so to speak, and it helps reduce research effort so that they can use the time they gain for their project work.’
Digithek, the research portal for secondary and vocational schools in Switzerland (in German)
Swiss Library Service Platform
swisscovery, the national platform for scientific information
Office of Secondary and Vocational Education of the Canton of Zurich (in German)