Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Libraries of the Future ... Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Expands On-Ramps to Its Information Superhighway

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Libraries of the Future ... Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Expands On-Ramps to Its Information Superhighway

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The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) is engaged in four new projects to expand public access to its materials and resources and those of the Carnegie Museums as well as the resources of other institutions in the Pittsburgh area and around the world.

The Three Rivers Free-Net, when it goes online this year, will provide access to a wide array of information pertinent to Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania. It will contain locally generated databases with connections to local, state, and federal information; community agencies and referral sources; medical and health care information; local bus and train schedules; entertainment; and links to schools and educational resources. The databases will be maintained by the CLP, local governments, community organizations, and volunteers.

Three Rivers Free-Net

The Free-Net will be available through the Internet via dial-up from homes, schools, and offices throughout the Pittsburgh area, at online public access workstations located in each of CLP's nineteen branches, and at other public libraries throughout Allegheny County.

It will provide selected access to Internet resources and functionality including e-mail, file transfer protocol, World-Wide Web, and telnet capability. The Free-Net expects to initially support fifty dial-in users and fifty network users simultaneously, and CLP expects to issue about 20,000 e-mail accounts.

The Three Rivers Free-Net is a joint project of the CLP and the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh. The project was funded by a LSCA grant for the Commonwealth Libraries of Pennsylvania.

Allegheny County Librarians Electronic Information Network

As a replacement to its current automated system, CLP is working with forty other public libraries in Allegheny County to implement an electronic information network that will integrate all of the libraries in one large system and union catalog.

The Allegheny County Libraries Electronic Information Network will consist of approximately 1.5 million bibliographic records and 3 million items. High-speed lines will connect personal computer workstations in each library to the network hub.

Project participants are planning for deployment of 1,100 486-PCs throughout the county for public and staff access, completely replacing the VT-100 dumb terminals currently in use. …

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