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WWW Browser Access Now Available from INNOPAC Systems

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WWW Browser Access Now Available from INNOPAC Systems

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Innovative Interfaces, Inc. now offers software that allows World Wide Web browsers such as Mosaic and Netscape to access INNOPAC's advanced library automation software.

"INNOPAC libraries now can provide a convenient way for anyone running a World Wide Web client program, such as Netscape or Mosaic, to access their OPAC databases:' said Gerald Kline, president of Innovative Interfaces. "It also allows libraries to link records in their catalog to a wide variety of information available on the Internet."

The Innovative software dynamically converts a library's MARC records into HTML (hypertext markup language) that can be read by Web client programs. It also provides hypertext links between the library's records and full text, illustrations, and other resources available on the Internet whenever URLs (uniform resource locators) are entered into MARC 856 fields in bibliographic records in the database.

Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, has become the first INNOPAC library to install the new server software. Lynn Copeland, manager of Library Systems at Simon Fraser, said the University is using the Innovative Web software to provide a common user interface for access not only to the library's main catalog of 75D,000 titles (one million volumes) but also to several other databases the library maintains, as well as other outside databases frequently accessed by Simon Fraser's 12,000 students.

The INNOPAC Web server software will also be installed at the 3. …

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