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OCLC Introduces Flat-Fee Internet Pricing

Magazine article Information Today

OCLC Introduces Flat-Fee Internet Pricing

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OCLC has begun offering flat-fee Internet pricing as an alternative to the existing Internet access option. In the past, OCLC member libraries have used the OCLC Cataloging, OCLC Selection, OCLC Interlibrary Loan, and O6LC Union List services via the Internet based on a connect-hour rate. Flat-fee Internet pricing allows libraries using these services to pay a flat, monthly fee for each simultaneous user they wish to support.

"Flat-fee Internet pricing is an important new option that provides the convenience of Internet access to OCLC services at a predictable, budget-friendly rate," said Bill Carney, OCLC product support specialist.

Large and small libraries can use existing connections to the Internet. to replace older, obsolete access options, "With the OCLC Multi drop Network scheduled to be decommissioned no later than January 1, 2001, this new option gives OCLC users another viable, cost-effective access option that will support today's technology and that of the foreseeable future," said Carney

The addition of flat-fee Internet pricing rounds out the family of OCLC TCP/IP access options, which now consists of the following:

* Internet access (either flat fee or connect hour) for libraries that have reliable, reasonably fast Internet connections

* Dedicated TCP/IP access for libraries that require the reliability of a managed, dedicated, network-to-network link between OCLC and their libraries

* Dial TCP/IP access for libraries that not have access to the Internet or that need a backup for those times when the Internet is exhibiting problems

The OCLC FirstSearch service and the OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online service continue to be available via the Internet at no additional cost and are not affected by flat-fee Internet pricing. …

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