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Utah Universities Share Collections

Magazine article Information Today

Utah Universities Share Collections

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Utah State University, Brigham Young University (BYU), and the University of Utah have each purchased NOTIS Systems' PAClink and PACloan to make their collections accessible to one another and to any other Z39.50 compatible library in the state of Utah.

Driving their decision to choose PAClink and PACloan was a desire to experiment in statewide cooperation and resource sharing to give any library in Utah access to information databases without having to individually purchase them, thus saving significant costs through resource sharing.

Utah State, BYU, and the University of Utah are part of a consortium of eleven libraries called the Utah College Library Council (UCLC). It is comprised of all the higher education institutions in the state that have libraries. These three universities are the largest in the consortium and each has the NOTIS library management system. The other eight sites have the Dynix system.

NOTIS has been a leader in developing Z39.50 compliant products and has partnered with Dynix to expand the capabilities of these products and to guarantee interoperability of both systems. Their joint effort extends the Z39.50 standards with results even more powerful for libraries and their patrons.

When all eleven sites in the consortium become Z39.50 compatible, they will be able to access PAClink and PACloan to view information and materials held at each other's sites.

"My expectation is that we'll be able to link all of the schools in the state of Utah and share resources which allow the smaller schools, who would never be able to afford the resources of a larger university, to access these resources through PAClink and PACloan," said Kayla Willey, Library Automation Coordinator at BYU.

Currently, BYU and Utah State have NOTIS' Multiple Database Access System (MDAS), a product for locally mounting information databases. …

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