National Library of Medicine to Unveil New Online Catalog, LOCATORplus,
on the Web on Monday, April 12

On Monday, April 12, the National Library of Medicine will unveil its
new web catalog, called  LOCATORplus, which will allow anyone with
Internet access to find out what books, journals, audiovisuals,
manuscripts, and other items are contained in the world=s largest
medical library.

There are many exciting new features will be available via LOCATORplus.
Customers using the catalog from the Web can search by author, MeSH
subject, title, conference name, keyword and many other specific fields,
then e-mail the results to themselves. Current receipts of both serial
and monograph material will be displayed along with information about
material which is on order or available electronically.  Hotlinks to
online journals will be available from many records. Direct access to a
variety of other resources will be available from LOCATORplus including
MEDLINE, MEDLINEplus, Images of the History of Medicine, TOXNET, HSTAT,
and other U.S. medical library catalogs.

LOCATORplus is part of NLM=s new integrated library system (ILS) which
was installed for in-house use in November 1998.  The ILS is being used
for acquisitions, serials control, cataloging, collection management,
circulation and preservation.  LOCATORplus is the ILS=s online public
access catalog and serves as the retrieval engine for the Library=s
cataloging records, replacing existing online access methods, such as
Locator, CATLINE, AVLINE and SERLINE.  LOCATORplus brings together a
number of previously disparate databases, along with information
formerly available only to staff, using state-of-art information
retrieval technology.

Beginning April 12th, NLM=s LOCATORplus can be found at: The site is updated daily.

For a preview of the system a Quick Start Tutorial can be found at: