DUBLIN, Ohio, May 27, 1994--A new listserv for users of the EPIC service, OCLC's online reference service for library professionals, provides EPIC documentation over the Internet.
EPIC-L provides the EPIC Reference Card, database documentation and price information for each database.
"Users are now able to get documentation for the EPIC service in electronic form whenever they need it," said Rosemary Heffner, OCLC product support specialist for reference services. "Users who subscribe to the EPIC-L listserv will automatically be notified of updates or the availability of documentation for new databases."
EPIC-L offers database price information to users without requiring them to log on to EPIC. Users can also get lists of journal sources for individual EPIC databases.
Ms. Heffner said EPIC-L is modeled after FirstSearch-L, the Internet listserv that offers FirstSearch documentation, news about FirstSearch databases and search tips to users of The FirstSearch Catalog, the OCLC online reference service designed for library patrons. FirstSearch-L has been available for about one year and now has nearly 500 subscribers.
"FirstSearch-L was so successful that we wanted to have a similar listserv available to EPIC users," said Ms. Heffner. "But EPIC-L, like the EPIC service, is geared toward library and information professionals."
To get information about EPIC-L, send an Internet message to firstname.lastname@example.org and enter info epic-l in the body of the message. To subscribe free of charge to EPIC-L, send an Internet mail message to email@example.com and enter subscribe epic-l [your name] in the body of the message.
EPIC is a full-featured online reference system that provides subject access and keyword and Boolean searching to a variety of databases.
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