DUBLIN, Ohio, May 12, 1998—The Library Planning Task Force of the State of Minnesota Higher Education Services Office has chosen to enter into contract negotiations with OCLC to provide the gateway component of the Minnesota Library Information Network (MnLINK).
MnLINK is a statewide information system project that will link public, academic, school and government libraries throughout Minnesota. Participating libraries will access information from a variety of sources through a single interface. Work on the project is expected to begin in July.
The project consists of two main sections: a gateway component and a library automation component. OCLC will supply the gateway component using OCLC SiteSearch WebZ software and OCLC distributed interlibrary loan software. OCLC staff will work with Minnesota libraries to develop Web interfaces; authentication and access control; Z39.50 access to library catalogs, reference resources and full-text documents; and access to information delivery via interlibrary loan or document delivery services.
Data Research Associates (DRA) is expected to provide the MnLINK library automation system, which will serve the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, state government libraries, and private college, public and K-12 libraries that choose to participate.
MnLINK is a response to the Library Planning Task Force Vision and a mandate from the 1996 Minnesota Legislature to "develop a statewide online information system for libraries." The MnLINK Web site
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