DUBLIN, Ohio, July 12, 2000--The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and OCLC have completed development of the CIC Virtual Electronic Library (VEL) Phase I and have agreed to suspend the joint development effort for the second phase of the project.
The joint development project, which began in 1996, has to date resulted in a new distributed system (Phase I) that links online public access catalogs of the CIC university libraries, provides a Web-based patron interface and allows patrons to initiate their own interlibrary loan requests. However, until more is known about distributed system technology and its application to resource sharing among large groups of libraries, the CIC and OCLC have agreed to suspend Phase II, which involved development of an independent client-server-based Interlibrary Loan/Document Request system.
The OCLC SiteSearch WebZ software is the platform for the CIC VEL. CIC member libraries customized the interface provided by WebZ to meet the unique needs of its users and to work best with its local Web site. WebZ provides rapid, desktop access to the combined library resources of more than 60 million books, 550,000 serials and countless databases and digital systems owned or licensed collectively by the CIC's 12 major teaching and research universities.
The Committee on Institutional Cooperation, with headquarters in Champaign, Illinois, is the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago, with programs and activities that encompass nearly all aspects of university activity. Member institutions include: the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois (Chicago and Urbana-Champaign campuses), Indiana University, the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The CIC Home Page is located at < http://www.cic.uiuc.edu/ >.
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