The Research Libraries Group, Inc. (RLG) and The Library Corporation (TLC) today announced plans to enable TLC to give its BiblioFile users access to RLG's RLIN (Research Libraries Information Network) database through TLC's popular new ITS for WindowsTM; technical services workstation software.
This arrangement will dramatically increase the record resource pool from which ITS users can draw for copy cataloging. Additionally, the RLIN database is known for the quality of its records, largely contributed by the major research libraries who belong to RLG.
Users got a sneak preview of the value of the service earlier this year during a period of free trial access to the RLIN database. That trial convinced both TLC and RLG that interest among current and prospective BiblioFile users was genuine; users were delighted with their improved hit rates and the extensive RLIN cataloging.
"This agreement will eliminate the hit rate concerns that some catalogers expressed about BiblioFile in the past," said TLC's National Sales Director, Tom Loy. "Soon we will be able to offer access to a large and respected database using the powerful ITS MARC editor. This is a big day for BiblioFile users."
According to a letter of intent completed by the two organizations, TLC will provide access to the RLIN bibliographic and authority databases to ITS users who have Internet access. Using the ITS Z39.50 client against RLG's Z39.50 server Zephyr® will give users integrated access to both BiblioFile and RLIN records through BiblioFile searching. The only indication that results are not from a BiblioFile CD or hard disk database will be the indication on screen displays that a Z39.50 search has been initiated.
Product Manager Doug Storer noted, "When we first released ITS with the Z39.50 client, we had a lot of requests for pre-configured access profiles. Now we will be able to bundle controlled access for ITS users who want to take advantage of a large, high-quality resource."
Kris Tague, Director of Sales and Marketing for RLG, said: "We see this as a win-win arrangement for everybody. The Library Corporation will be able to offer more records, RLG will expand the RLIN user community, and BiblioFile users will definitely enjoy the size and quality of our database."
ITS for WindowsTM; provides technical services staff with a powerful MARC editor, sixteen access points to MARC data, Internet-based record searching, linked access to MARC manuals and lookup tables, authority verification, and MARC format validation. The Library Corporation (TLC) is a principal supplier of automated library management and reference systems. In addition to ITS for Windows, TLC produces Library.Solution, Library.Request, the Intelligent CatalogTM, NetPACTM, and other products.
The Research Libraries Group, Inc., is a not-for-profit membership corporation of universities, archives, historical societies, museums, national libraries, and other institutions devoted to improving access to information that supports research and learning. RLG databases and software, serving both members and nonmembers worldwide, include the RLIN® international union catalog and library support system and the Zephyr Z39.50 system-to-system searching link to RLG's databases.