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.’