DUBLIN, Ohio, Dec. 8, 1995--The University System of Georgia is delivering citation and full-text information to 34 state-supported academic libraries through GALILEO, the Georgia Library Learning Online system.
The system uses the OCLC SiteSearch Z39.50 Server System and OCLC SiteSearch WebZ software to build local databases and to merge diverse databases into a seamless information resource accessible through a single World Wide Web-based interface.
In addition to locally mounted databases, GALILEO will offer access to the more than 50 databases available through the OCLC FirstSearch service.
GALILEO is currently running on servers at the University of Georgia and at Georgia State University. With the two universities running parallel systems, all state-supported academic libraries can gain seamless access to the service from either institution.
The OCLC SiteSearch family of products helps make local information resources work in a larger networked environment. The OCLC SiteSearch Z39.50 Server System provides support for building local information resources, including full text, images, sound and video, and it enables networked Z39.50 access to these resources. The OCLC SiteSearch WebZ software offers World Wide Web access to local and remote Z39.50 resources as well as a complete HTML-based interface builder's toolkit. With these building blocks, universities or other network-intensive organizations can link local information services, OCLC services like the FirstSearch service, and other Z39.50 or Web resources into a custom electronic library.
According to William Gray Potter, director, University of Georgia Libraries, there are several advantages to using both the OCLC SiteSearch Z39.50 Server System and WebZ software.
"We wanted full Z39.50 compatibility with a Web browser," said Dr. Potter. "We knew we wanted to take a client-server approach but we didn't want to be in the business of attempting to distribute and maintain a proprietary client. And we wanted to provide ready integration with OCLC's FirstSearch service. With SiteSearch and WebZ, we're able to perform all these functions."
The suite of databases available through GALILEO includes citations and abstracts for journal articles, the full text of over 1,100 journals and an encyclopedia. Access to the more than 50 databases available on the FirstSearch service will soon be available.
"We plan to put databases of particular interest on a local platform," said Ralph Russell, university librarian at Georgia State University. "We'll rely on FirstSearch to provide additional databases," said Dr. Russell.
Subsequent phases of the GALILEO system will include scanned document image databases, including valuable Georgia archives and state documents.
In the future, the GALILEO system will be expanded to other collaborating libraries in Georgia. The goal is to build a statewide network with sophisticated information resources available to all Georgia residents.
"GALILEO is a prototype statewide system that avoids costly duplication, provides local flexibility and control, and seamlessly optimizes the use of local and remote electronic databases," said K. Wayne Smith, OCLC president and CEO. "It is a significant milestone on the road to the electronic library."
OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit computer library service and research organization whose computer network and services link more than 21,000 libraries in 63 countries and territories. OCLC is on the World Wide Web at http://www.oclc.org/.