DUBLIN, Ohio, June 28, 2000--The migration of libraries to the new version of the OCLC FirstSearch service has begun and will continue through Aug. 20, when access to the current versions of FirstSearch and OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online will be discontinued. After Aug. 20, users will be automatically directed to the new service.
OCLC has been maintaining access to both the current and new versions of FirstSearch since the new FirstSearch was introduced in August 1999.
The new FirstSearch is a Web-based online reference service, currently available via English, French and Spanish interfaces, that provides access to 84 databases and more than 5.9 million full-text articles in a variety of subject areas. The new FirstSearch also provides access to over 2,500 electronic journal titles from the Electronic Collections Online service, which has been completely integrated into the new service. User-driven enhancements in the new service include linking full-text and full-image articles across databases throughout the service, a clear indication of materials that are owned by a user's home library, and several database-specific thesauri.
"The new FirstSearch provides streamlined access to library collections, the OCLC Interlibrary Loan service, online full text and linked Internet resources," said Frank Hermes, vice president, OCLC Marketing and Planning. "Following the migration of all FirstSearch libraries to the new service, we will continue to provide enhancements and improvements to this innovative reference service. In response to user requests since the service's 1999 introduction, we have considerably increased its value to libraries and their users. We also appreciate the patience, understanding and support of library staff during this complex implementation."
Recent enhancements include:
- A link to a library's Web-based online public access catalog for access to detailed local holdings information
- A Display All Holdings option
- A new home screen design with a single search box and the option to jump from the home screen directly to an advanced search screen in a specific database
The new FirstSearch also provides librarians with more control through enhanced administrative options, including control of database-level full text and interlibrary loan access as well as other new interface customization choices. Like the service itself, the administration module is available in English, French or Spanish.
More information on the new FirstSearch and migration specifics is available on the OCLC Web site < purl.oclc.org/oclc/fs-new >.
For more information:
Sonya Oliver +1-614-764-6244
Nita Dean +1-614-761-5002