From your 1997-98 OCLC Users' Council Delegates:
Benard Strong Marcia Talley
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> MOODY MEDICAL LIBRARY HITS FIRSTSEARCH MILESTONE
> DUBLIN, Ohio, June 10, 1998--The Moody Medical Library of the
> of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston is the 12,000th
> worldwide to use the OCLC FirstSearch service.
> "With the addition of FirstSearch, the Moody Medical Library has
> broadened the subject coverage of electronic resources brought
> to our users' desktops," said Deirdre Becker, head of Reference and
> Educational Services, Moody Medical Library. "We expect our users
> appreciate databases such as WorldCat, ArticleFirst and ContentsFirst,
> and the convenience of having the World Almanac at their fingertips.
> full-text coverage increases in Electronic Collections Online this
> be especially valuable to the users."
> The OCLC FirstSearch service came online in 1991, and to date the
> libraries using the service have made some 150 million searches.
> The Moody Medical Library, housed in a modern five-story building and
> centrally located on the UTMB campus, is the oldest medical library in
> Texas and one of the largest medical research libraries in the
> Southwest. The library traces its history to 1891, when the
> opened as the Medical Department of the University of Texas. Over the
> past century, the library has grown from serving 23 students and 13
> faculty to become one of the major academic medical libraries in the
> United States. Its holdings have expanded from the first gift of 500
> books to the current 250,000 volumes.
> Today, the library functions as the primary center of biomedical
> information for the 2,700 students and more than 1,000 faculty
> associated with the School of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical
> Sciences, School of Allied Health Sciences, School of Nursing, Marine
> Biomedical Institute and the Institute for the Medical Humanities.
> The Moody Medical Library is a member of the AMIGOS network.
> The OCLC FirstSearch service is designed for people who use libraries
> and requires no training or online search experience. FirstSearch
> provides access to more than 70 databases, including OCLC FirstSearch
> Electronic Collections Online and more than a dozen full-text
> FirstSearch also links to OCLC's Interlibrary Loan service and can be
> used via the World Wide Web or a text-based interface. More
> about FirstSearch, including a guided tour, can be found at
> OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit, membership,
> library service and research organization whose computer network and
> services link more than 27,000 libraries in 64 countries and
> <http://www.oclc.org/>. (GP)