DUBLIN, Ohio, Oct. 25, 2001--Libraries that use the OCLC FirstSearch service can now link from FirstSearch to their OpenURL-compliant link servers to integrate access to the resources they provide to their users. The new OpenURL link allows libraries to deliver a range of services to their users for items retrieved when searching FirstSearch databases.
OpenURL, a web-based protocol for transmitting metadata, increases the visibility and accessibility of resources by providing a way to link across those resources.
"This new option for libraries saves time for users because it allows them
to link from citations in FirstSearch databases to corresponding full-text articles in other library-provided resources," said Frank Hermes, vice president, OCLC Marketing and Planning. "The OpenURL supports dynamic linking that is accessible through the interconnectedness of the web. We are supporting high user expectations for easy web navigation by optimizing link management in a web-based information environment."
"OCLC was among the first information service providers to recognize the importance of the OpenURL to provide open linking solutions for libraries," said Jenny Walker, director, Sales and Marketing, Information Services Division, Ex Libris. "Our SFX link server customers, who also use FirstSearch, are very pleased that this feature is now available to them so that FirstSearch can be fully integrated into their library's interlinked environment."
Libraries that have OpenURL servers in place may link to the servers from the OCLC FirstSearch service. The link is managed locally by each library through the administrative module of its FirstSearch account. Online help is at www.oclc.org/firstsearch/documentation/adminref.
The OCLC FirstSearch service is designed for librarians and library users and accommodates expert and novice searchers alike. FirstSearch provides access to more than 70 databases including OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online service. Most databases show library holdings from WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog) to point users to resources in their library's own collections. FirstSearch came online in 1991. More information about FirstSearch, including a guided tour, is available on OCLC's web site www.oclc.org/firstsearch.
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization whose computer network and services link more than 40,000 libraries in 76 countries and territories. OCLC is dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs.
More information about OCLC, its affiliated U.S. regional networks, international divisions and distributors is available on the OCLC web site www.oclc.org.