DUBLIN, Ohio, June 23, 1997--The Harvard University Library System, the National Agricultural Library and two State University of New York libraries have recently chosen the OCLC SiteSearch software to integrate access to local and remote information resources and to build unique local information resources.
The Harvard University Library System--which includes over 90 libraries in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Boston and around the world--recently licensed OCLC SiteSearch WebZ software to provide access to a selection of their information resources. As a part of the HOLLIS Plus system, which provides Web access to networked information resources, WebZ will integrate access to local and remote Z39.50 resources.
"Harvard will use WebZ to provide a common customized interface to Z39.50 systems, including abstracting and indexing services like OCLC FirstSearch," said Dale Flecker, associate director for Planning and Systems.
Special-interest index and abstract databases will be built and maintained locally by Harvard using the SiteSearch Z39.50 Server System. For example, Harvard will locally load the Environmental Periodicals Bibliography and use WebZ to provide access to users with Web browsers.
One of four national libraries of the United States, the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, Maryland, is the largest agricultural library in the world. NAL will use WebZ to integrate its local collection, through access to its Online Public Access Catalog, with a variety of databases accessible via the OCLC FirstSearch service. WebZ will provide a Web-based interface to these resources.
"We'll use WebZ as an integrated search interface to our emerging electronic library," said Brian Norris, NAL public affairs officer. "We want NAL users and staff to be able to seamlessly query Z39.50-compatible and in-house resources."
Libraries at the State University of New York at Albany and the SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome will use WebZ, the Z39.50 Server System and the Imaging Support Package to provide an electronic library service to multiple SUNY institutions.
SiteSearch allows SUNY libraries to create and house electronic resources that are unique or of local interest. These unique, locally stored resources can be combined and presented through a single user interface with access to remote resources. A Web site will seamlessly provide SUNY users with access to remote information resources through the FirstSearch service and to locally created image databases.OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization whose computer network and services link more than 24,000 libraries in 63 countries and territories [www.oclc.org].