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OCLC Introduces French and Spanish Interfaces

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OCLC Introduces French and Spanish Interfaces

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OCLC has announced the release of French- and Spanish-language interfaces for the OCLC FirstSearch service. The new interfaces are the first non-English interfaces offered for FirstSearch.

"OCLC is committed to helping libraries better serve their users," said Phyllis B. Spies, vice president, OCLC worldwide sales. "By providing the interface in additional languages, OCLC hopes to make FirstSearch even easier to use for non-English speakers and for those whom English is a second language."

According to the company, users now choose an English, French, or Spanish interface, and all screens, including Help, appear in the language selected. The content of the French and Spanish screens is identical to the English version. The databases are not translated, however.

The French interface will benefit French-speaking FirstSearch users in France, Canada, and Francophone countries, while the Spanish interface is intended for users in Spain, Spanish-speaking Latin America., and Hispanic communities in the U. …

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