DUBLIN, Ohio, Sept. 8, 1994--The latest release of OCLC SiteSearch software allows a library user to go directly from an article citation on the workstation screen to the journal on the library shelf. The Copy feature, added with Release 1.2, provides a link from the article citation to a locally mounted holdings database. Library users can ask for Copy information from within databases mounted locally on campus as well as from within the 44 databases available through the FirstSearch service.
Release 1.2 also includes the software to build a local holdings database, which can be created either from information stored in OCLC's Serials Union List or from a local holdings database in MARC format.
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa., is the first SiteSearch user to offer this new feature. OCLC built Lehigh's local holdings database using the library's Serials Union List records.
According to Susan Cady, associate director for technical services, the integration of Lehigh's serials holdings with SiteSearch and FirstSearch represents another step toward seamless integration of information for users.
"With one keystroke users will be able to find out the extent of Lehigh holdings of a journal and the precise location of that journal, not only for locally mounted databases but for all those FirstSearch indexes to which we subscribe," she said. "In addition, we gain a separate database of our serials which makes more direct use of the effort we've expended on maintaining local records. Our community uses the journal literature very heavily, and this will make it easier for them."
With Release 1.2, OCLC has also increased the flexibility of the user interface. Libraries may customize command names and screen wording to meet local needs. Release 1.2 also includes major enhancements to Zserv, OCLC's Z39.50 server software:
- improved index browse through support of Z39.50 version 3 scan
- improved support of Bib1 attribute set mapping wider document support through support of the following Z39.50 transfer formats: MARC, SUTRS, BER
The OCLC SiteSearch system provides retrieval software based on client/server architecture using the Z39.50 communications protocol--the same software used for OCLC's online products.
With SiteSearch, libraries can offer one interface to both local databases and the 44 databases available through FirstSearch. Libraries may choose to use the FirstSearch interface or any other Z39.50-compatible client interface.
SiteSearch is available for the following UNIX platforms: IBM RS/6000, SunOS and Sun Solaris, DEC Ultrix, DEC Alpha. Software licenses are sold on a site-license basis.
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