In January 2012, Luis Javier Cerecedo Diego, representing TÜV Rheinland, delivered the ISO 9001-2008 certification to Universidad del Valle de Mexico for their Libraries and Information Centers. UVM earned this recognition for meeting the performance and quality control requirements demanded by this international quality standard. UVM began to implement and comply with this Quality Management System in 2005 to improve library services.
ISO 9001 is a standard developed by the International Standardization Organization for quality management systems. There are approximately 640,000 companies in the world certified in one of the different versions of this standard.
ISO 9001-2008 is the fourth and final version of this quality management system, which completes the Deming cycle (Plan, Do, Check and Act), and certifies the quality of UVM’s library system. This system currently includes 60 subscriptions to book and magazine databases, almost 150,000 electronic books, more than 15 000 journals, more than a million full-text articles, approximately 100 dictionaries, 30 000 biographies, 50 000 images, 1,000 audio books and 100 000 abstracts, serving UVM’s 110,000 students.
UVM's collection is already significant, said Dr. Carlos Enrique Gonzalez Negrete, UVM’s Academic Vice President, "there are 400,000 electronic titles in our digital libraries and 150 employees working in our libraries to support our students and teachers. In 2011, our students conducted 1,500,000 electronic searches, borrowed 2 million items and more than 3 million visits to libraries and information centers throughout UVM," he said.
The UVM campuses that received ISO 9001-2008, included: San Rafael, Roma, Chapultepec, Lomas Verdes, Queretaro, Toluca, Texcoco, San Angel, Tlalpan, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, Hispanic, Torreon, Hermosillo, Monterrey, Saltillo, Lago de Guadalupe, Villahermosa, Tuxtla, Puebla, and the Directorate General of National Information Centers (DGCI).
The ceremony was led by Dr. Carlos Enrique Gonzalez Negrete, Academic Vice President, Dr. Eduardo Garcia Garcia, Dir, Division of Engineering, Edith González Leyva, Dean of Campus Coyoacán, Mario Alberto Delgado, General Dir Information Center at UVM, as well as Mr. Luis Javier Cerecedo Diego representing TÜV Rheinland.