Academic journal article Information Technology and Disabilities

National Library Service (NLS) Information on the Internet

Academic journal article Information Technology and Disabilities

National Library Service (NLS) Information on the Internet

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The Library of Congress provides access to information about its resources and services over the Internet. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) is represented with its Union Catalog and with other NLS publications.

The Union Catalog and the catalog of books in process are available through a search system called LOCIS. LOCIS and other publications are accessible through the Library of Congress's gopher, called LC MARVEL; the Library of Congress's World Wide Web site; and through the Library's ftp site. These services are described below.

LC MARVEL

The Library of Congress Machine-Assisted Realization of the Virtual Electronic Library (LC MARVEL) is a Campus-Wide Information System that combines the vast amounts of information available about the Library with easy access to diverse electronic resources on the Internet. Its goal is to serve members of Congress, Library of Congress staff, and constituents throughout the world. Documents are, for the most part, in ASCII text. LC MARVEL can be accessed in several ways:

1. From another gopher server;

2. By using gopher client software and pointing to marvel.loc.gov, port 70; and

3. By using a World wide Web browser and connecting to gopher://marvel.loc.gov/.

Main Menu

The Main Menu of LC MARVEL consists of the following selections:

1. About LC MARVEL

2. Events, Facilities, Publications, and Services

3. Research and Reference (Public Services)

4. Libraries and Publishers (Technical Services)

5. …

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