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The Western Canada Virtual Union Catalogue: Integrating Document Requesting into Z39.50 and Other Search Clients

Dave Binkley
Librarian/Analyst
Simon Fraser University

Kristina Long
Programmer
Simon Fraser University


The widespread implementation of search protocols, primarily Z39.50, in combination with the spread of the Web makes possible a high degree of integration and standardization of search services. This paper describes a project which seeks to combine in a seamless fashion the searching of periodical indexes and library OPACs with document requesting. We have written a program which allows the user to query various full text sources to or place interlibrary loan requests from within the Web-based search session. A number of issues are addressed including: patron authentification, querying on-Z39.50 compatible databases, supporting differing library configurations within a consortium, user interface design issues and problems surrounding holdings statements.

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