From your 1998-99 OCLC Users' Council Delegates:
Arlene Luster Marcia Talley
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> FRENCH AND SPANISH INTERFACES ARE NEW FIRSTSEARCH OPTIONS
> DUBLIN, Ohio, Sept. 14, 1998--OCLC has released French and Spanish
> language interfaces for the OCLC FirstSearch service. The new
> interfaces are the first non-English interfaces offered for FirstSearch.
> "OCLC is committed to helping libraries better serve their users," said
> Phyllis B. Spies, vice president, OCLC Worldwide Sales. "By providing
> the interface in additional languages, OCLC hopes to make FirstSearch
> even easier to use for non-English speakers and those for whom English
> is a second language."
> Users now choose an English, French or Spanish interface, and all
> screens, including Help, appear in the language selected. The content
> of the French and Spanish screens is identical to the English version.
> The databases are not translated, however.
> The French interface will benefit French-speaking FirstSearch users in
> France, Canada and Francophone countries, while the Spanish interface is
> intended for users in Spain, Spanish-speaking Latin America, and
> Hispanic communities in the United States.
> "Libraries have asked OCLC for multilingual interfaces to help them
> manage information flows that are increasingly global," said John
> Sullivan, director, OCLC Online Reference Services. "The new French and
> Spanish interfaces are just the first steps in OCLC's efforts to make
> FirstSearch better serve libraries and their users worldwide."
> 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 75 databases, including OCLC FirstSearch
> Electronic Collections Online and more than a dozen full-text databases.
> FirstSearch also links to OCLC's Interlibrary Loan service and can be
> used via the World Wide Web or a text-based interface. More information
> about FirstSearch, including a guided tour, can be found at
> OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit, membership, computer
> library service and research organization whose computer network and
> services link more than 27,000 libraries in 64 countries and territories
> <http://www.oclc.org/>. (JI/JH/ND/GP)