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DRA and UC'S Melvyl establish Z39.50 connection for circulation status

Library Systems Newsletter [September 1995]

The University of California Division of Library Automation and Data Research Associates, Inc. (DRA) have each developed Z39.50-compliant clients and servers that allow the University's MELVYL system's online catalog to display circulation status information retrieved from the DRA circulation database at the University of California-Davis. The interface is important in that it represents the first use of Z39.50 to provide real-time item status from one automated system (DRA's circulation database at the University of California-Davis) to another automated system's on-line catalog (University of California's MELVYL catalog). Most applications of z39.50 to date have involved only bibliographic information exchange.

The MELVYL/DRA implementation not only answers the question, 'Does the library own the item?' but moves a step farther to 'Is the item available?' The link is apparently fast enough that terminals in the UC-Davis library are set to display the circulation status automatically.

[Contact: Data Research Associates, Inc., 1276 North Warson Road, P.O. Box 8495, St. Louis, MO 63132-1806; (314) 432-1100 or (800) 325-0888; FAX (314) 993-8927.]

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Publication Year:1995
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Library Systems Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 15 Number 09
Issue:September 1995
Publisher:American Library Association
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Notes:Howard S. White, Editor-in-Chief; Richard W. Boss, Contributing Editor
Company: Data Research Associates, Inc.
Libraries: University of California -- Davis
Subject: Z39.50
Record Number:5448
Last Update:2022-08-06 21:09:48
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00