OCLC has added the option to link from the OCLC FirstSearch service to libraries' OpenURL servers to support library efforts to streamline user access to many different online full-text resources. Through the FirstSearch administrative module, library staff may establish a link to an existing OpenURL server.
Libraries that have an OpenURL server in place may link to this server from the OCLC FirstSearch service in order to deliver documents to users who identify needed items when searching FirstSearch databases. Once implemented, the OpenURL links display in detailed records in FirstSearch results sets.
FirstSearch administrators establish access to a library's OpenURL server by entering the URL of the server in the FirstSearch administrative module. This administrative module feature works in a way that is similar to the way libraries link to their library OPAC for the display of local holdings. Libraries may choose to display their OpenURL link using text, a library-supplied icon or both text and an icon. When a library implements the OpenURL link, it will be available by default for every citation database in FirstSearch, with an option to disable the link at the database level.
Online help within the FirstSearch administrative module and the OCLC FirstSearch Administrative Reference Guide www.oclc.org/firstsearch/documentation/adminref/> contain information to help administrators implement the OpenURL link in the FirstSearch administrative module.