Thursday, September 01, 2005

Access OCLC's WorldCat from home!

Discover the World at your Library!

Library users can access OCLC FirstSearch at the library or from home at http://www.lansing.lib.il.us/catalog.htm

Lansing Public Library offers access to the world’s library collections
(Lansing, IL, September 1, 2005)—Patrons of the Lansing Public Library now have more ways to find all types of materials in local libraries and in other libraries around the world. Through the WorldCat database, which contains records of materials in libraries worldwide, library users can find books, eBooks, videos, DVDs, magazine articles and other items in libraries everywhere.

Thousands of libraries worldwide contribute information about their new
resources to WorldCat daily, making it an international resource for locating and sharing materials selected by librarians for their users. Recent enhancements allow users to quickly pinpoint local materials.

“Our users can extend their research beyond our library using WorldCat,” said Kelli Staley.” Lansing Public Library users can find information on everything from antiques to zoology. Students of all ages can locate information for research papers, science fair projects and book reports. Teachers can find electronic and audiovisual materials. Members of the business community can find resources on companies and business practices, such as accounting or marketing, including publications from the Small Business Administration.”

“WorldCat can be a particular boon to genealogists,” added Kelli Staley. “Not only does it contain records and locations for census and family history documents, but it also contains records giving library location information on more than 130,000 newspapers published in the United States, ranging from Publick Occurrences (1690) to USA Today.”

WorldCat is available through the OCLC FirstSearch service, a reference service offering more than 70 databases in a variety of subjects. Library users can look for materials using the Chinese, English, French, Japanese or Spanish interface and in basic, advanced or expert search modes. They also can see whether the Lansing Public Library owns materials, and if not, request them from another library. Citations in many databases link to ejournals. Library staff can borrow materials that are not available in Lansing Public Library.

Lansing Public Library also offers its users many other databases, including Newsbank, Ebsco, Grolier, and Hoover’s. We also offer InterLibrary Loan services through SWAN and Illinet Online.

FirstSearch is a service of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., headquartered in Dublin, Ohio. OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization whose computer network and services link more than 41,000 libraries in 82 countries and territories. For more information, visit these web sites: < www.oclc.org > and
< www.oclc.org/firstsearch >.

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