DUBLIN, Ohio, Feb. 7, 1994--Bibliotekstjanst (BTJ), the central bibliographic utility for Swedish public and school libraries, will distribute The FirstSearch Catalog, OCLC's online reference service, to libraries in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. BTJ is also the distributor for OCLC's PRISM Cataloging and Interlibrary Loan services in Sweden.
In February, 16 libraries of various kinds--including public, academic, and corporate--will try out The FirstSearch Catalog before it becomes available to all Scandinavian libraries in April. They are:
- Telia AB, Sweden
- University College of Karlskrona, Sweden
- Novo Nordisk, Denmark
- Goteborg University, Biomedical Library, Sweden
- Lund University, Sweden
- University of Umea, Sweden
- Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
- City Library of Stockholm, Sweden
- City Library of Partille, Sweden
- Chalmers University of Technology Library, Sweden
- Uppsala University Library, Sweden
- Stockholm University Library, Sweden
- Royal Institute of Technology, Electrum Library, Sweden
- The National Swedish Nature Conservancy Department, Sweden
- Institute for Energy Technology, Norway
"By marketing The FirstSearch Catalog, BTJ confirms its role as the leading Scandinavian company in the field of information, electronic data processing, and the distribution of media and furnishings for libraries," said Goran Eliasson, managing director, BTJ. "With OCLC as a partner, we are confident that BTJ's customers will continue to have the edge on the development of modern information technology."
"BTJ has an excellent reputation for delivering high-quality products and services to libraries," said Phyllis B. Spies, vice president, marketing and sales, OCLC. "We are pleased that BTJ is making FirstSearch available to libraries in Scandinavia."
FirstSearch, OCLC's online reference service designed for library patrons, provides access to over 40 databases, including WorldCat, the 29 million-record OCLC Online Union Catalog. Its menu interface allows patrons to move easily through the online search process in just a few simple steps, without training or online searching experience.
BTJ, which employs 320 people, is a shareholding company whose activities are directed toward libraries. The Swedish Library Association is the principal shareholder. BTJ sells and develops products, services, and technology in the field of media and information. Annual revenues total some $70 million from the sale of library bound books, subscription services, local library systems, bibliographic databases (online and CD-ROM), library furniture and supplies, and large-scale laser printing. BTJ is also a publishing house for readers' guides and vocational library literature.
OCLC is a nonprofit computer library service and research organization whose computer network and services link more than 17,000 libraries in 52 countries and territories.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: OCLC: Nita Dean (614) 761-5002 or BTJ: Per Halberg 46 46 1800 00