IBM Softcopy Librarian (SCL) provides the ability to manage PDFs, BookManager® Books, shelves and Knowledge Center plugins (starting with SCL V5), from IBM and third party vendors.
Softcopy Librarian lets you set up and maintain PDF and BookManager book repositories using a variety of sources. You can obtain and transfer product shelves of books and product shelves of PDFs from:
DVD collections, the IBM Publib internet web site, or from a local hard disk.
IBM's zSystem PDF Collections (z/OS Base and Features, zVM and zVSE) are available from the internet via Softcopy Librarian, and starting with SCL V5, so are Knowledge Center Collections for z/OS V2R2 (and greater) and certain z/OS products (such as CICS). Using Softcopy Librarian with the internet as your source enables updating your repositories with documentation refreshes that are made available from the internet on a quarterly basis.
The Softcopy Librarian keeps a catalog of all the book, PDF, and shelf files that you send to your repository from any level of a PDF collection, from your local hard drive, or from the IBM Publib internet web site. When a new level of a product shelf arrives, on a new PDF collection or at the Publib internet web site, use SoftCopy Librarian to compare it, and its contents, with the catalog to show you whether it's brand new or has changed since the last level you received. You now have a way to see at a glance which product shelves on a PDF collection or at the Publib internet web site are currently in your repository.
Softcopy Librarian V5 also catalogs any product sets of Knowledge Center plugins that you send to your repository from the IBM Publib internet web site. When a new level of a product's Knowledge Center plugins arrives at the Publib internet web site, use SoftCopy Librarian V5 to compare it with the catalog to show you whether it's brand new or has changed since the last level you received. You now have a way to see at a glance which product Knowledge Center plugins at the Publib internet web site are currently in your repository.
Support for IBM Softcopy Librarian is via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IBM Softcopy Reader is required to read BookManager books. You can download Softcopy Reader, as well as Softcopy Librarian, by clicking the appropriate entries appearing in Related Information below.
For additional reference, the main page for the z/OS Library is available by clicking the appropriate entry appearing in Related Information below.