DUBLIN, Ohio, Sept. 30, 1994--Library of Congress catalogers are now processing foreign titles more quickly with OCLC SiteSearch software, which provides immediate access to catalog records from other countries.
The Library of Congress has licensed the OCLC SiteSearch Z39.50 server software and the Newton search-engine server software for the IBM RS/6000 software platform from OCLC. With this software, the Library of Congress loads and indexes cataloging copy received from other countries.
"The best feature for us is that Z39.50 access facilitates record selection and use," said Jim Stevens, special project analyst, Library of Congress. "This allows us to use the records as base records for verification of descriptive and subject authority information."
"The Library of Congress progress toward reducing their arrearage is a significant accomplishment," said Liz Bishoff, director, OCLC member services division. "OCLC is pleased to continue to work with LC on creative solutions for reducing the arrearage."
Catalogers search OCLC SiteSearch using the same terminal-based Z39.50 client they use when searching LC's internal MUMS system. When a record is found, it is retrieved and used as the basis of the Library of Congress catalog record, significantly reducing cataloging effort.
The Library of Congress began this project with records from Russia and Germany. Success with these countries led to the addition of Spain and Italy.
Currently, the resource database contains 50,000 Russian records, 330,000 German records, 20,000 Spanish records and 1,200 Italian records. Plans are under way to expand to other countries.
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 OCLC SiteSearch, libraries can offer one interface to 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.
OCLC 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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