Public Access Computer Management and Self Service tools for Patrons are two great ways to improve access in the library. Also important are universal design (supporting elderly and pysically challenged patrons), and Multi-Lingual Access (supporting your ethnically diverse community).
Vendors/Products We Should Know About
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- Juniper Networks SSL VPNs Enables seamless remote access to electronic, web based resources. No user or resource tables to maintain. Clustering ability enables redundancy, scalablilty. Walkthrough w/ screenshots: J. Murrey Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
- EZProxy - An excellent product widely used among libraries
Z39.50 search protocol enables remote searching of a catalogue. Examples of useful catalogues that can be searched via this are AGRICOLA, (AGRICOLA Z39.50 help pages), US Library of Congress, (Library of Congress Z39.50 help pages), also commercial hosts such as OVID or EBSCO offer Z39.50 gateway to many hosted databases. A desktop application that is capable of performing a Z3950 search is BookWhere. This product is available in its own right or comes embedded within Reference Manager.
Many federated search engines use Z39.50 and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) web calls to catalogues and database backends. This removes the problem of changes in presentation from record structure, which stays consistent.
- RedLightGreen -- Book search with citation storage and local library hooks.
Blogs/Websites to Watch
Specific Blog Posts/Articles to Check Out
- OCLC Pilots Traditional Libraries into Web Services by Barbara Quint, InfoToday NewsBreaks, July 5, 2005. Discusses a series of pilot projects (eSerials, reference services, and book sales) that "will expand OCLC’s Open WorldCat project into a full-featured, Web-integrated library service."
- Opening up OpenURLs with Autodiscovery by Daniel Chudnov, Richard Cameron, Jeremy Frumkin, Ross Singer and Raymond Yee, in Ariadne, April 2005.
- Electronic journals and link resolver implementation by David Younghusband. Serials 2005 18(1) 64-69.