From your 1997-98 OCLC Users' Council Delegates:
Bernard Strong Marcia Talley
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OCLC TO INTEGRATE CATCHWORD SERVER INTO FIRSTSEARCH ELECTRONIC COLLECTIONS
DUBLIN, Ohio, June 2, 1997--CatchWord, an Internet publishing service
provider, and OCLC have agreed to work together to help publishers offer
their journals electronically through the OCLC FirstSearch Electronic
Collections Online service.
"I am delighted that CatchWord is now able to provide access to leading
journals held in the RealPage format to FirstSearch ECO users worldwide,"
said Simon Inger, CatchWord managing director. "Our new agreement can only
be interpreted as good news for researchers worldwide."
"OCLC*s goal is to deliver to libraries a comprehensive set of scholarly
journals from a wide range of publishers," said John Barnes, director, OCLC
Electronic Journals Division. "We strive to work with all publishers and
their service providers to assure the integration and archival storage of
their electronic journals within Electronic Collections Online. We are
pleased to partner with CatchWord and to support their innovative RealPage
technology. Their addition will further benefit libraries seeking a
critical mass of electronic journals through one common interface."
Users who subscribe to journals from publishers using CatchWord to prepare
their data will be seamlessly connected through Electronic Collections
Online to a CatchWord server. All journals offered through Electronic
Collections Online will be archived to assure permanent access.
Carfax is the first publisher to provide OCLC with journals through
"As we move strongly into the online environment, we are looking for as many
outlets for our electronic journals as possible," said John Cox, managing
director, Carfax. "OCLC is pre-eminent amongst organizations dedicated to
the provision of information to the library community in the USA and,
increasingly, internationally. I am delighted that we have reached an
agreement that will incorporate our program in ECO and deliver it to OCLC
libraries, many of whom already subscribe to our journals."
Carfax is a specialist publisher of learned journals, serving a dynamic
academic community worldwide, with offices in the UK, the USA and Australia.
Its program has expanded from one title in 1972 to over 180 in 1997.
Carfax is the UK*s foremost publisher of educational research, with 50
titles in publication. It is particularly strong in geography and planning,
area and cultural studies, politics and economics, and gender studies. Its
most rapid growth in recent years has been in medicine and related
professional disciplines, where it has a leading position as a social work
publisher, with journals in counseling, disability, drug and alcohol
addiction, and in psychiatry and psychology.
OCLC is in contract negotiation with a number of other publishers who
currently use CatchWord or plan to in the near future.
Founded in March 1995, CatchWord is an Internet publishing service provider
specializing in academic journals and scholarly research material.
CatchWord uses its RealPage technology to deliver electronic journals that
are the parallel of the paper version. The original layout of the text is
completely preserved, including graphics, tables and pictures. The material
is delivered in small, page-by-page pieces to minimize online delays.
OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online is designed to accommodate
access and storage of thousands of titles and provide libraries with a
cost-effective solution for accessing, storing and managing electronic
journals. The service includes print-quality article representation,
archiving, complete and timely coverage of journal content, usage
statistics, technology migration, and technical and product support. The
Web interface supports cross-journal searching and extensive browsing.
In future releases, OCLC plans to fully integrate Electronic Collections
Online with the OCLC FirstSearch service and its pilot projects in
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