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Accessing remote library systems requires planning

Library Systems Newsletter [July 1983]

Libraries and their patrons are showing increasing interest in providing dial-up access to the automated library systems of individual libraries and library consortia. While virtually any ASCII-compatible terminal or a micro with a modem and an ASCII emulation package can be used to access a data base on a minicomputer-based library system, there are several prerequisites for such remote searching of the system:

  1. Dial-up ports that are available
    Dial-up capability is dependent on the system having one or more ports or channels set aside for this type of access.
  2. Baud rate levelj
    Most library systems now operate at a communication rate of 1,200 baud. The terminal used to access the system must be set to operate at this rate.
  3. Accessibility by system owner(s)
    Dialing up into a system impacts on both the system load and, if the result of access is an interlibrary loan request, staff time. Therefore, not all system owners will necessarily welcome heavy dial-up usage. Permission should be sought before access is attempted.
  4. Sign-on-off procedures. Every system has its own unique procedures for signing on (connecting) and signing off (disconnecting). These should be determined before seeking to dial up into a system.
  5. Searching and messaging strategies
    Searching and messaging procedures also differ from system to system. A terminal operator's manual or documentation specially prepared for the dial access user should be studied before any attempt to dial up into a system.

Readers seeking further information on the use of microcomputers in accessing remote systems are referred to LSN Vol. III, No. 3, and LSN Vol. II, No. 5.

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Publication Year:1983
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Library Systems Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 3 Number 07
Issue:July 1983
Page(s):54
Publisher:American Library Association
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Notes:Howard S. White, Editor-in-Chief; Richard W. Boss and Judy McQueen, Contributing Editors
Subject: Online catalogs -- remote access
ISSN:0277-0288
Record Number:3982
Last Update:2022-05-26 09:56:45
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00
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