OCLC connectivity: current models, network integration, and future directions
Copyright (c) 1992 Meckler
Abstract: Libraries that use the bibliographic services of OCLC may select from a variety of connectivity options. OCLC offers its customers the workstation equipment, communications devices, cabling, and software necessary to use its services. It is often the case, however, that libraries end up implementing a network of OCLC equipment that is independent of, and isolated from, other network that the library may use. This article suggests alternatives that libraries might implement to create a unified network of diverse services in which OCLC in one service among a variety of electronic resources. The article focuses on methods implemented at Vanderbilt University to use its local area networks to access OCLC services.