OCLC Announces EPIC Non-Member Price Reduction

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OCLC Announces EPIC Non-Member Price Reduction

The EPIC service non-OCLC member connect-time fee for the OCLC Online Union Catalog (OCUC), Database 23, has been reduced to $95 per hour from $110 per hour, effective June 1. Display and offline print charges are not affected by this 13.6 percent price reduction

According to Tam Dalrymple, Manager, OCLC Reference Services Marketing and Support Section, the lower non-member price coincides with the recent reduction in the OLUC connect-time fee for OCLC members to $24 per hour.

The EPIC service, OCLC's online reference system, was introduced in January 1990. It provides subject access, and keyword and Boolean searching to a variety of databases in addition to the OLUC. They are: Educational Resources Information Center (EPIC), which guides users to published and unpublished sources on thousands of educational topics; Book Data, compiled by more than 900 British, European, and North American publishers, with standard bibliographic information on not-yet-printed and in-print books; ABI/Inform, which covers business and management topics, including company histories, competitive intelligencee, and new product development; Dissertation Abstracts, which covers the complete range of academic subjects appearing in dissertations accepted at accredited institutions since 1861; Pharmaceutical News Index (PNI), which contains current and retrospective news about pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics and related health industries worldwide; Business Dateline, which provides access to hard-to-find regional business information from U. …