Library: Volunteers Wanted for Summer Systems Tests (from Office or Home)

This coming fall, many of the Library's most heavily used databases, including ABI/Inform, Current Contents, PSYC and the Wilson files, will be searchable with a graphical interface, like those used to search the World Wide Web. A non-graphical, character-based interface will continue to be available for these bases.

This is the latest effort in the ongoing Access 2000 initiative, to migrate the Library's locally created and licensed databases from a mainframe-supported system to a UNIX-based, client/server system. The new interface will have many benefits for users, such as point and click capabilities for navigating, downloading and other functions, plus clearer screen displays and integration with Web resources. Users will also find easier-to-use and more powerful search engines. In time, the UNIX environment will enable the Library to network many stand-alone CD-ROM resources, further increasing the quantity and quality of electronic information on campus.

The Library is currently evaluating interfaces designed by Silverplatter Information Systems and OVID Technologies, Inc. As part of the evaluation process, the Library is seeking volunteers to test systems from their home or office computers beginning sometime in June. This work is crucial to proper system evaluation and will not require a great investment of time.

To register as a test volunteer, please send your name and e-mail address to David Toccafondi, at davidtoc@pobox.upenn.edu, Van Pelt Reference Department (898-8118).


Almanac

Volume 42 Number 33
May 21/28, 1996


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