Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces announced that users can link between its WebBridge product and the OCLC FirstSearch service as well as the OCLC ILLiad Resource Sharing Management software via OpenURL-compliant link servers. From the WebBridge OpenURL resolution server- the resource linking component of Innovative's integrated portal solution, MAP (Millennium Access Plus)-users can link to journal articles available through FirstSearch, metadata and holdings information through the WorldCat database (the OCLC Online Union Catalog) via FirstSearch, and OCLC ILLiad Resource Sharing Management software. WorldCat can also send an OpenURL to WebBridge, augmenting WorldCat content with WebBridge's related resources.
"Library users have access to an increasing number of electronic resources," said Frank Hermes, vice president, OCLC Cooperative Discovery Services. "OCLC is creating access points to WorldCat and other OCLC services from a variety of partner services. These valuable partnerships give libraries an added presence in a complex online environment, helping users find reliable, authoritative information their libraries provide."
Innovative and OCLC have both developed products that meet the OpenURL standard. OpenURL, a Web-based protocol for transmitting metadata, increases the visibility and accessibility of resources by providing a way to link an information resource and a library service component such as WebBridge. This partnership makes the library's collection more visible to information seekers. WebBridge users that subscribe to FirstSearch services can enable bi-directional links allowing users to connect to FirstSearch services through the WebBridge OpenURL resolution server or vice versa.
"In a Web-based environment, it is increasingly crucial for information to be accessed quickly and efficiently. WebBridge offers libraries a smart linking capability, enabling libraries to link information resources together when appropriate," said Laurie Davidson, Product Manager at Innovative. "This partnership enables resources that libraries provide through FirstSearch to be fully integrated with the Millennium system via the WebBridge resolution server."
About OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit organization that provides computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing and preservation services to 43,000 libraries in 86 countries and territories. OCLC was founded in 1967 to improve access to the world's information and reduce information costs, and conducts ongoing research to develop technologies to support that mission. Together, libraries and OCLC have built WorldCat, the world's largest database of bibliographic information. OCLC publishes the Dewey Decimal Classification system, the most widely used library classification system in the world. For more information, see www.oclc.org.