Oklahoma State University Joins UMI Database Licensing Program

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Students at Oklahoma State University (OSU) strongly affirm the choice of UMI databases for their library. But how should a library respond when that affirmation is revealed in long queues for each standalone CD-ROM workstation running a UMI database? OSU has responded by taking advantage of the power of their OPAC system and UMI's Database Licensing program. This program offers UMI databases - including OSU's choice of Periodical Abstracts, Newspaper Abstracts, and ABI/Inform - for loading onto networked, vendor-based, and in-house information systems.

"When we decided to load additional resources using our NOTIS OPAC, we looked first at those databases for which there was the most need from the viewpoint of our students," discloses Sheila Johnson, Assistant University Librarian. "Periodical Abstracts and Newspaper Abstracts are two key databases out students rely on."

Ms. Johnson explains, "We had eight Periodical Abstracts and one Newspaper Abstracts on single CD-ROM workstations. All the workstations were extremely busy, with queues of students waiting to use them virtually the entire semester. …