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From your 1997-98 OCLC Users' Council Delegates:
   Benard Strong          Marcia Talley
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> ACADEMIC PRESS FULL TEXT NOW ACCESSIBLE FROM
> OCLC FIRSTSEARCH ELECTRONIC COLLECTIONS ONLINE SERVER
>
> DUBLIN, Ohio, April 2, 1998--Full-text articles from the 175 journals
> in
> the Academic Press IDEAL collection are now available directly from
> OCLC's server in Dublin, Ohio, through the OCLC FirstSearch Electronic
> Collections Online service.  OCLC is the first journal aggregator
> providing access to the Academic Press full text from its own server.
>
> "We look at this as a win-win situation for Academic Press, OCLC and
> the
> library community," said Pieter Bolman, president, Academic Press.
> "It
> will enable Academic Press to better serve libraries that want the AP
> content but wish to use the Electronic Collections Online interface.
> Academic Press is particularly pleased that OCLC is making every
> effort
> to preserve publisher and journal identity, while at the same time
> integrating content from many publishers.  IDEAL subscribers will
> still,
> however, enjoy the flexibility to choose access either directly to one
> of the IDEAL servers or via the OCLC Electronic Collections Online
> service."
>
> "OCLC is pleased to be the first organization with permission to offer
> the Academic Press full text directly from its own server," said John
> Barnes, director, OCLC Electronic Publishing.  "Libraries have told us
> repeatedly that they wish to access electronic journals from a single
> location and through a common, easy-to-use interface, rather than
> going
> to multiple publisher sites.  We believe that we can satisfy the needs
> of both libraries and publishers through the Electronic Collections
> Online service.  Libraries have access to a broad collection of
> archived
> electronic journals, while publishers can maintain their brand
> identity
> and integrate their journals with the information sources available
> through OCLC's FirstSearch and Electronic Collections Online
> services."
>
> By offering full-text articles from IDEAL journals on its own server,
> OCLC provides a new channel for access to the Academic Press
> collection
> for IDEAL subscribers who use Electronic Collections Online.
> Electronic
> Collections Online offers a permanent archive, journal-level usage
> statistics, the ability to access the Academic Press collection as
> part
> of an aggregation of over 1,200 journals from 28 different publishers,
> and access through the FirstSearch Web interface.
>
> Over the next few months, OCLC will link Electronic Collections Online
> full text to other FirstSearch databases, providing Academic Press
> subscribers with integrated access to their
> e-journal collections from their most heavily used bibliographic
> databases.
>
> Authentication has been simplified.  IDEAL licensees will not need
> separate authentication to access their full-text articles through the
> Electronic Collections Online interface.  Once they have logged on to
> Electronic Collections Online, they will be able to access abstracts
> and
> articles for the Academic Press journals they subscribe to, just as
> they
> can access articles from any other Electronic Collections Online
> journal
> they subscribe to.  Electronic Collections Online users will no longer
> have to leave the Electronic Collections Online interface to retrieve
> Academic Press full-text articles.
>
> Electronic Collections Online allows libraries to search across
> hundreds
> of journals from many different publishers, using a single interface
> and
> access point.  To meet the needs of its diverse library community,
> OCLC
> is aggregating a broad collection of titles in many different subject
> areas, including life and physical science, social science and the
> humanities.
>
> Electronic Collections Online combines the cost benefits associated
> with
> aggregated access to data with the advantages of local collection
> management, reducing information costs for libraries by centralizing
> storage and access, and enabling libraries to share the cost of
> loading,
> archiving and providing access to their electronic journal
> collections.
> In addition, Electronic Collections Online offers libraries a number
> of
> value-added features, including print-quality article representation,
> usage statistics, technology migration, and technical and product
> support.
>
> More information about Electronic Collections Online, including a list
> of available journals, can be found at
> <http://www.oclc.org/oclc/menu/eco.htm>.
>
> Academic Press is a division of Harcourt Brace & Company, a leading,
> global multiple-media publisher and service provider to established
> educational, trade and professional markets as well as to emerging
> career-training, assessment and lifelong learning markets.  More
> information about Academic Press and how to license IDEAL journals is
> available on the World Wide Web
> <http://www.apnet.com/www/ap/aboutid.htm>.
>
>
> OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit,
> membership, computer library service and research
> organization whose computer network and services
> link more than 26,000 libraries in 64 countries
> and territories.  More information is available
> at the OCLC Web site <http://www.oclc.org/>.    (ND/GP)
>
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