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OCLC Tests Multi-System Access Software

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OCLC Tests Multi-System Access Software

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A field test of the OCLC Gateway Software, a UNIX-based package that provides easy and simultaneous access to various computer systems, is under way at the University of Cincinnati, the University of California, San Diego, and the Universtiy of Pittsburgh.

OCLC Gateway Software connects OCLC Cataloging, Interlibrary Loan, and Reference Services to a wide variety of workstations and terminals wired to campus networks.

"Gateway Software broades access to OCLC services and at the same time extends the investments libraries have made in terminals, local area networks, and local systems," said Shirley Hyatt, manager, OCLC Product Services Department. "It expands the number of terminals and workstations that access OCLC from those that are currently linked through dedicated or dial-access telephone lines to many other terminals or workstations on the campus network. It gives them all |PASSPORT-like' full PRISM functionality."

OCLC Gateway Software can provide as, PRISM Cataloging and the library's local system. Users will not have the inconvenience of logging off one system to log on to another. Users need OCLC authorizations and passwords to use the systems, but additional wiring is not necessary if the hardware is connected to the institution's network. …

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