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

Dave Binkley
Simon Fraser University

Kristina Long
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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