Editors note: This is the seventh in a series of short articles featuring profiles of organizations that support ALCTS. Vendor profiles are a benefit of sponsorship at the Incunabula and Vellum levels, and do not represent an endorsement of the services or products offered by a company.
Otto Harrassowitz KG* is a full-service global subscription agent, bookseller and publisher that has served libraries throughout the world since 1872. The companys headquarters are in Wiesbaden, Germany and a North American office is maintained in Mobile, AL. Harrassowitz has been in continuous operation since its founding in Leipzig, Germany. Services were curtailed when the company offices were destroyed in an air raid on December 4, 1943, but new offices were established after the end of the war in Wiesbaden, and shipments to American libraries soon resumed.
Harrassowitz provides libraries with periodical subscriptions from all over the world, while its book and music services concentrate primarily on European publications. Although the company has clients in all corners of the globe, its primary market remains academic and research libraries in the U.S. In addition to a complete array of global print subscription services, Harrassowitz now extends its tradition of service to the management of electronic resources for academic and research libraries with HERMIS 2.0, Harrassowitz Electronic Resources Management and Information Solutions. HERMIS 2.0 provides a full suite of services to support the acquisition, licensing and management of electronic resources. The firms publishing activities are focused on Asian and Slavic Studies and Librarianship.
Harrassowitz has been at the forefront of the effort to transfer electronic data for both periodicals and monographs in accordance with international standards and in keeping with the specifications of the library systems used by its customers. Harrassowitz actively participates in the development of national and international standards with representation on the National Information Standards Organization (NISO); EDItEUR, the International Group for Electronic Commerce in the Book and Serials Sectors; and The International Committee on EDI for Serials (ICEDIS); and is committed to testing and implementing new interfaces as they become available.