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INFORMATION ACCESS ANNOUNCES BREAKTHROUGH IN ACCESS AND DOCUMENT DELIVERY AT ALA SUMMER, NEW ORLEANS (JUNE 26, 1993)

 FOSTER CITY, Calif., June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Information Access Co. President Morris Goldstein today announced a technology breakthrough in access and document delivery. InfoTrac Information Delivery Systems(TM) now offers libraries new options for accessing a range of abstract/index databases and receiving cited documents with images. These systems can be utilized with standalone CD-ROM workstations or networked online databases, accessed via the OPAC. This offers customers a much broader dimension of what they presently receive from the company -- an easy-to- use interface, complete indexing and authority control, comprehensive full text, and new options for OPAC retrieval -- shaping the vision of the "library of the future." The new systems are scheduled for a start- up date of late fall.
 "The InfoTrac Information Delivery Systems(TM) now add new options for electronic delivery of information, blending the best of both worlds, powerful index and abstract databases with ASCII text and image technology," said Goldstein. "It is the logical solution to identifying and retrieving full text."
 INTRODUCTION TO THE SYSTEMS AND HOW THEY WORK
 I. InfoTrac 2000 Delivery System(TM)
 This is Information Access Co.'s database licensing program for databases accessed via OPAC systems. Libraries that opt for this method of information delivery have until now had the option of locally loading InfoTrac databases or accessing them via an established vendor's network using their local search interface.
 This new delivery system lets libraries make even more efficient use of their existing OPAC terminals. The option for the off-site storage of abstract, index and full text databases saves storage and maintenance costs, makes weekly updates feasible and can provide access to more retrospective coverage.
 Information Access Co. now offers a new, exclusive option that will store all the InfoTrac databases and scanned electronic documents at its own Information Access Center. Via a gateway to this center (using an existing vendor's network or the Information Access Network), library patrons will be able to search the database with the same user interface currently used for the InfoTrac CD-ROM system. Among the many strengths and benefits of the familiar InfoTrac search system, specifically designed to complement periodical data, is its ability to provide a searchable authority file. This capability adds considerable value to the quality and precision of search results.
 Another key feature of the system is that users also will be able to view the text of cited documents on the workstation screen, and pre-order the documents they want to retrieve.
 Users will then receive the selected documents via a laser printer or fax machine. Libraries may choose to implement a vend-card or coin- box system at the delivery station, allowing for cost recovery.
 The output that users will receive will be an electronic document delivering the content in the most effective format. The document will include text, graphs, charts or other graphic elements, incorporating both enhanced ASCII and imaging technology.
 Partnerships with OPAC Vendors
 To implement this new capability, Information Access Co. has reached agreement with several major OPAC vendors to broaden the offerings currently available on their systems. These vendors will not only be offering Information Access Co. abstract and index and full- text databases on their own network, they also will be providing gateway services into the Information Access Center when the library desires to take advantage of the InfoTrac user interface for searching. This means that the library can make their OPAC workstations have the look and feel of the InfoTrac workstations that their patrons have become accustomed to over the years. The native OPAC interface will be available if the library desires this consistency.
 In addition to the availability of the InfoTrac interface, many major OPAC vendors will provide access to the Information Access Center for delivery of enhanced ASCII text documents with images.
 Agreements and developments with other OPAC vendors are currently under discussion.
 II. InfoTrac CD-ROM Delivery System(TM)
 Information Access Co. also continues to offer options for libraries that do not have an OPAC system. Presently, the stand-alone CD-ROM workstation allows these users to search the InfoTrac databases and retrieve the full text of documents, specifically using the family of ASAP products. This full text is currently delivered in an ASCII text format.
 Available soon is an enhanced capability allowing users to select and print out graphic images, such as charts, tables and graphs that are relevant to the information in the text. The text and images can be printed separately or together. Users may choose to simply view the material or print the material, or do both.
 "The InfoTrac Information Delivery Systems(TM) offer an approach that works. It is an economical approach for library customers, and will meet present needs as well as future ones," added Goldstein. "We are setting a new industry standard in access and delivery of information, which will offer libraries unique, cost-effective services not available elsewhere."
 Information Access Company, located in Foster City, is a division of Ziff Communications, and is the world's leading developer or periodical reference products, available on microfilm, CD-ROM, electronic formats and online. These products are for use in public, academic, secondary school and corporate libraries, and in offices and homes via personal computers.
 Stop by the Information Access Co. Booth No. 1147, Hall B in the New Orleans Convention Center at ALA June 26-29 for more information and a demonstration of the new InfoTrac Information Delivery Systems(TM), CD-ROM and online delivery systems.
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 /CONTACT: Celeste M. Alleyne, public relations manager of Information Access, 415-378-5249/


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