Patrons of these libraries can use the intuitive web interface designed by CARL to independently search and retrieve information from the array of commercial databases available through Dialog@CARL. NMRLSa consortium of over 225 librariesis licensing access to the Dialog@CARL Basic Collection, a multidisciplinary set of approximately 300 Dialog databases, of which nearly 60 percent are full-text sources. BPL, on behalf of the 1300+ libraries in the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners' Regional Library Systems, is subscribing to the News Collection, a subset of the Basic Collection which provides access solely to newspaper files. Because Dialog@CARL subscriptions are based on a flat annual fee price structure, member libraries of these consortia are able to offer patron use of the service with no transaction fees.
The Dialog@CARL interface provides a point-and-click environment so that users do not have to learn search commands or protocols to utilize the Dialog databases. More complex search features such as Boolean, truncation, proximity, and limiters are also supported for more advanced searchers.
The two Massachusetts customers join several other library networks that have subscribed to Dialog@CARL, including the Colorado Alliance (CO), the Rochester Regional Library Council (NY), and Westchester Library System (NY).