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OCLC World Wide Web server offers information, documentation and more.

During its first two months of availability, the OCLC World Wide Web Server had 40,657 text files accessed from some 6520 sites around the globe. About 20 percent of those sites are in Europe and Asia.

"We're pleasantly surprised by the high percentage of users coming in from outside the U.S.," said Debbie Hysell, OCLC documentation department manager. "By mounting the OCLC WWW Server, we've made information and documentation available immediately and inexpensively to people around the world. Use of the server will continue to grow as more people become aware that it's out there."

OCLC mounted its World Wide Web server on the Internet September 26 to provide another means of obtaining information about OCLC, its products and services.

Technical bulletins, product information sheets, sample files for OCLC Electronic Journals Online, news releases, research reports, white papers, and an electronic form to order printed materials are among the items currently available on the server.

An electronic feedback form gives browsers of the server an easy way to send comments and suggestions to OCLC. According to Hysell, over 100 feedback forms have been received so far, with most users indicating they are pleased to see OCLC on the Web.

Subscribers to EPIC and FirstSearch, OCLC online reference services, can also initiate telnet sessions directly from the server.

OCLC's 1993/94 Annual Report, complete with photos and illustrations, is available through the OCLC WWW Server. OCLC has also started providing electronic copies of the bimonthly OCLC Newsletter through the server. This year, subscribers to OCLC Electronic Journals Online and FirstSearch will be able to access these reference services through forms-based interfaces using NCSA Mosaic software and other World Wide Web viewers.

Other future plans for the WWW Server include offering product demonstrations and guided tours as well as adding links to related servers at OCLC-affiliated regional networks, subsidiaries, and member libraries.

Development of the OCLC WWW Server was a cooperative effort between the office of research and the documentation department. "The office of research continues to be very active in numerous projects relating to the World Wide Web and we were pleased to assist in developing this new service for OCLC members," said Terry Noreault, OCLC director of research and special projects.

OCLC's home page on the WWW Server can be reached through the Uniform Resource Locator:

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Title Annotation:OCLC Online Computer Library Center
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Date:Jan 1, 1995
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