Magazine article Information Today

UMI Previews the Future of Document Delivery

Magazine article Information Today

UMI Previews the Future of Document Delivery

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The American Library Association conference, in June, provided the setting for a demonstration by UMI that gave librarians a glimpse into the future of document delivery. The demonstration illustrated how information professionals can access all of UMI's electronic holdings -- including full-images, ASCII full-text, and abstract and index databases --from a central information management system at UMI headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan. That access will include, for example, more than nine million article page images in the system by early 1995. Users will have the capacity to dial-in to UMI and view article images on-screen at the local level before making a print or Fax decision.

"This paints a picture of the type of access that librarians and researchers will have, beginning in the first quarter of 1995," said UMI president and CEO Jim Roemer. "The UMI Advanced Document Delivery System (ADDS), as we're calling it in this development phase, is the first network to allow researchers to view actual article images in remote settings, before electing to print the complete article."

UMI demonstrated two configurations for advanced document delivery. The first configuration runs in a Windows environment and offers researchers an electronic "Table of Contents" of information titles at UMI. Users select from a list of articles they want displayed, printed, or faxed to another location. The software allows searches to take place while the article files are being delivered. …

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