DUBLIN, Ohio, Feb. 4, 1994--The British Library Document Supply Centre is now a document supplier on The FirstSearch Catalog, making some 30,000 serials available to users throughout the world.
Documents in the ArticleFirst and Arts & Humanities Search databases may be ordered online through The FirstSearch Catalog, OCLC's online reference service accessible to users worldwide 23 hours a day, six days a week, and 20 hours on Sunday. The British Library Document Supply Centre (BLDSC) dispatches 90 percent of all orders no later than 48 hours after requests are received.
The BLDSC will be a document supplier for other databases in The FirstSearch Catalog later this year.
Articles supplied by the BLDSC will cost $22.50 for delivery by fax, and $12.50 for delivery by mail. Document delivery costs are the same for all U.S. and international users. Orders can be placed by using credit card options available through FirstSearch.
"The British Library can supply documents for more than 80 percent of the titles represented in ArticleFirst," said Phyllis B. Spies, vice president, OCLC marketing and sales. "This coverage increases the effectiveness of The FirstSearch Catalog to libraries and their users worldwide."
"The British Library has been supplying documents to libraries through the OCLC ILL system for many years, and we are delighted to be opening up access to users of FirstSearch," said Malcolm Smith, BLDSC deputy director.
Later this year, the BLDSC will supply documents through FirstSearch from PapersFirst, one of two new databases based on the British Library's Inside Conferences database to be available on FirstSearch and the EPIC service.
PapersFirst will be an index to individual papers presented at conferences, symposia, and professional meetings worldwide. ProceedingsFirst will contain tables-of-contents records listing papers presented at each conference.
"Our collaboration with OCLC on ProceedingsFirst and PapersFirst will give FirstSearch users vastly improved access to a unique resource of key conference papers in all subject areas," said Mr. Smith.
OCLC will also add 4,000 serials titles from the British Library's Inside Information database to the ArticleFirst and ContentsFirst databases by March 1994.
The British Library Document Supply Centre holds the largest literature collection in the world dedicated solely to document delivery. Based in Boston Spa, England, the British Library Document Supply Centre now has a U.S. Service Centre in Boston, Massachusetts.
The FirstSearch Catalog is designed for library patrons, with an end-user interface that allows patrons to move easily through the online search process in just a few simple steps, without training or online searching experience.
EPIC, a full-featured online reference system that provides subject access, and keyword and Boolean searching to a variety of databases, is used mostly by librarians and experienced searchers.
OCLC is a nonprofit computer library service and research organization whose computer network and services link more than 17,000 libraries in 52 countries and territories.
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