DUBLIN, Ohio, March 1, 1994--The FirstSearch Catalog Document Ordering/ILL System has been named winner of the 1994 Computers in Libraries Information Product/Service (CLIPS) Award, which was presented today during the Computers in Libraries Conference in Washington, D.C.
The document ordering and interlibrary loan system makes items located in FirstSearch databases available for delivery quickly and inexpensively. The FirstSearch Catalog, OCLC's online reference service designed for library patrons, was the 1992 CLIPS Award winner.
A panel of five judges, representing different types of libraries from around the country, named the winner. In a review of The FirstSearch Catalog Document Ordering/ILL System, one of the judges stated: "With practically all libraries weighing the options of cancellation of serial subscriptions versus document delivery solutions, this service deserves recognition. It represents a timely implementation of relevant technology that meets a growing need in the library community."
Dan Marmion, assistant professor and head, library systems department, Edmon Low Library, Oklahoma State University, was chair of the judges panel. Mr. Marmion presented the award to Katherine Blauer, OCLC national sales director.
"OCLC is proud to accept this prestigious award," said Ms. Blauer. "With the new document delivery options and ILL link to The FirstSearch Catalog, OCLC is assisting libraries to deliver fast, reliable, and cost-effective document ordering and interlibrary loan services to their patrons. OCLC is committed to furthering access to the world's information, and we appreciate this recognition of our efforts."
The FirstSearch document ordering system allows libraries and library patrons to order articles electronically. Document ordering options include fax delivery, overnight mail, and first-class mail. FastDoc, the newest document ordering option on FirstSearch, provides fax delivery in one hour or less of articles found in the serials databases ArticleFirst and Periodical Abstracts.
The FirstSearch ILL system lets library patrons fill out loan requests electronically, through a link with OCLC's PRISM ILL system. Already verified, these requests are then transmitted to the library's ILL review file, eliminating the need for staff to re-key the requests from a local system.
The CLIPS Award is sponsored by Computers in Libraries, a journal for academic, public, and special librarians, information managers, technical information specialists, and information scientists. Computers in Libraries is published by Meckler Corporation, sponsor of the Computers in Libraries Conference.
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.
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