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Uncover, OPACs, NeXT, Kids, and More

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Uncover, OPACs, NeXT, Kids, and More

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Uncover, OPACs, NeXT, Kids, and More

The Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries (CARL) has a product that's positively going to be a big hit in a wide range of libraries. Dubbed 'UnCover,' and currently incorporating data from more than 5,000 journal titles, the product is an online database which provides prompt access to periodical articles. The database is designed to reflect those periodicals currently available in the collections of CARL's member libraries. Records are being created from actual issues received and are based on the tables of contents of these issues.

CARL is building a special function into the UnCover system that will make it possible for users to request onsite delivery of any document discovered in the database. CARL expects to have that delivery system fully in place by the end of 1989. ASCII full text, telefacsimilie, and hardcopy delivery options will be available and depend upon the document requested and user equipment capabilities. Copyright permission tracking is an added feature that's being incorporated into the system.

Member libraries, against whose collections the database is being developed include Auraria Library (which served the University of Colorado at Denver, Metropolitan State College, and the Community College of Denver), the Colorado School of Mines, the Denver Public Library, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Denver, and the University of Northern Colorado.

CARL Members and its Charge

CARL, formed in 1978 to coordinate and extend the research resources provided by its members, introduced an online system in 1981. Today the system supports more than 600 terminals and incorporates three million bibliographic records. According to CARL staff, more than 35,000 people use the system on a daily basis.

The potential of CARL has already been recognized by library systems outside the Centennial State as well as by non-academic libraries. CARL is fully operational at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ; at the Boulder Public Library, as a part of the MARMOT system (which serves Colorado's western slope and which is a multi-type library system composed of school, county, college, and public libraries); at the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs; and as far distant as the Montgomery County Library System in Rockville, Maryland. All sites are interconnected for ready access to all CARL databases.

A user logging onto CARL may select to search the public online catalogs of any member library. As of April 6, 1989, the logon message included information about the following library records available. Current database sizes:

AURARIA     -   437,761 records
CU          -   725,117 records
DPL         -   515,790 records
DU          -   562,655 records
DU LAW      -    14,675 records
MINES       -    91,529 records
UNC         -   306,683 records
DOCUMENTS   -   249,691 records
REGIS       -   123,140 records
CC LINK     -   157,293 records
STATE PUBS  -    11,684 records
TOTAL       - 3,196,018 records

The most recent OCLC tape added was produced on 3/25/89. All records are indexed.

Other data includes A MATTER OF FACT, a digest of current facts with citations to sources compiled and copyrighted by PIERIAN PRESS, Ann Arbor, MI., which has been updated through 1986. A brief display has been modified to identify the source and the date of the information.

The Facts File consists of about 13,000 facts which reflect contemporary trends in news coverage and research gathered from periodicals, newspapers, congressional hearings, and The Congressional Record. Abstracts provide descriptions and facts about "issues of the day as discussed in the sources cited."

The ACADEMIC AMERICAN Encylopedia, published by Grolier Electronic Publishing, is also available for searching by CARL users. The database has been updated through the first quarter of 1988. …

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