A View of Publishing in the Federal Republic of Germany by Means of the Example of the Verlag Norman Rentrop
The following paper is an attempt to reflect what I did and learned while working for the Verlag Norman Rentrop in Bonn, West Germany as an intern in the company library. My project was to have been the transfer of the library card catalogs from the present traditional system to a PC-based system. When I arrived in Bonn, however, I discovered that the necessary research had not yet been done. I assisted in the search for library software and in the subsequent trial period. The ultimate decision was that the software was too expensive and extensive for our library at present. Before, during, and after this decision process was taking place, I spent my time completing a number of necessary tasks in the library (section III) and doing some research on the subject of starting a business in the Federal Republic (sections II and Ila). The process of starting a business is different and, I would assert, more complicated than in the United States. Section II offers a discussion of the major aspects of founding a business in West Germany, with section Ila presenting the same information in German. Section III, as said, contains a presentation of the various projects I worked on in the library and section IV is more or less my reflections on the relationship between my internship and my studies at Kalamazoo.