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ERIC Number: ED412896
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
The Western Canada Virtual Union Catalogue: Integrating Document Requesting into Z39.50 and Other Search Clients.
Binkley, Dave; Long, Kristina
The widespread implementation of search protocols, primarily Z39.50, in combination with the spread of the World Wide Web makes possible a high degree of integration and standardization of search services. This paper describes a project which seeks to combine in a seamless fashion the searching of periodical indexes and library OPACs with document requesting for patrons of a consortium of academic libraries in western Canada. Participating institutions in the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) include: Universities of Athabasca, Alberta, British Columbia, Calgary, Saskatchewan, Simon Fraser University, Victoria, Manitoba, Winnipeg, and Lethbridge. A program was developed which allows the user to query various full text sources or to place interlibrary loan requests from within the Web-based search session. The document addresses a number of issues, including: patron authentication, querying on Z39.50 compatible databases, supporting differing library configurations within a consortium, user interface design issues, and problems surrounding holdings statements. Procedural diagrams are included. (Author/SWC)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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