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Erik Jul (614) 764-4364
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Nita Dean (614) 761-5002
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PROVIDES GRANT
FOR CATALOG OF INTERNET RESOURCES
DUBLIN, Ohio, Sept. 16, 1994--The U.S. Department of Education has awarded
a $62,000 College Library Technology and Cooperation grant to support the OCLC
project, "Building a Catalog of Internet Resources."
The project initiates a nationwide, coordinated effort among libraries and
institutions of higher education to create, implement, test and evaluate a
searchable database of USMARC format bibliographic records, complete with
electronic location and access information, for Internet-accessible materials.
The grant funds 58 percent of the $107,327 project; OCLC is contributing
the balance of the costs. The 18-month project is funded from Oct. 1, 1994, to
March 31, 1996, through the federal Higher Education Act of 1965, Title II-A.
"We are pleased to be able to build upon the earlier efforts of the OCLC
office of research and to continue extending the value of the nation's
libraries, library systems and catalogs to include the rapidly growing world of
networked information," said Martin Dillon, director, OCLC library resources
management division, who will serve as project director. "It is essential that
libraries and OCLC gain experience using library catalogs, methods and
practices to include Internet materials."
In a volunteer effort, libraries participating in this project, in
cooperation with representatives from their host institutions, will identify,
select and catalog computer files available via the Internet.
OCLC will provide participants with cataloging guidelines and help-desk
support, and facilitate the creation, searching and retrieval of bibliographic
records through OCLC systems.
In addition to bibliographic description, records created in this effort
will contain location and access information, and they will be accessible
through the OCLC PRISM service and the FirstSearch WorldCat database. The
collection of records also will be made available experimentally for general
Internet access, and OCLC will test the technical feasibility of providing
direct user access to remote materials based on encoded location and access
At the conclusion of the project, OCLC will host a colloquium and publish
results in print and electronic format.
OCLC is a nonprofit computer library service and research organization
whose computer network and services link more than 18,000 libraries in 61
countries and territories.
Wilfred Drew (Call me "Bill") Serials/Reference/Systems Librarian
SUNY College of Ag. & Tech.; P.O. Box 902; Morrisville, NY 13408-0902
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