The vendors of software for integrated automated library systems have long been accustomed to providing libraries with support for the development and searching of local files to accommodate reference card files and local referral records. More sophisticated capabilities are now becoming available from a number of vendors.
The Georgetown University Medical Center Library system's MiniMedline capability allows a library to load abstracts and indexing information for journals from the Medline data base. The information can be accessed through the system's patron access catalog module. Perline, Blackwells serial control system, also supports the creation of files of abstracting and indexing data.
Data Research Associates, the vendor of the ATLAS turnkey library automated system, recently became the first of the major system vendors to provide enhanced capabilities in this area. The company has made an agreement with the Cucumber Information Systems to utilize the SIRE software described in the January 1985 issue of LSN.
Dubbed D-SIRE in the ATLAS system, the module provides keyword access to a range of data bases, from indexes and abstracts to fulltext files.
Associated with the introduction of D-SIRE, DRA and Grolier announced that the full text of the Academic American Encyclopedia is available for libraries to mount on their ATLAS systems, relieving them of the charges associated with accessing the data on a remote data base service. The in-house file will be updated quarterly. Pricing has yet to be established.
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