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OCLC now offers full-featured dial TCP/IP access to services.

OCLC Dial TCP/IP Access is now available throughout the U.S. and in many countries around the world, according to an announcement from OCLC. Dial TCP/IP Access uses point-to-point protocol (PPP) and transmission control protocol/internet protocol (TCP/IP) to connect to OCLC services over an ordinary phone line. It is the first in a new family of TCP/IP access methods that OCLC is introducing.

Dial TCP/IP Access offers full-featured access to all OCLC systems and services -- from the OCLC Cataloging and Resource Sharing services to the OCLC Firstsearch service and the OCLC First Search Electronic Collections Online service. This new TCP/IP access method (and all future TCP/IP access methods, according to OCLC) allows users to view documentation from the OCLC Web site during log-on sessions to OCLC Cataloging or any other OCLC online service. The introduction of Dial TCP/IP Access follows a month-long field test with 10 libraries.

"We tried to use as many OCLC systems as possible," said Thomas Boyle, library director at Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, Nebraska, one of the Dial TCP/IP Access field test sites. "We used the ILL system nearly every day -- both the interactive system and the automated Micro Enhancer. All of these services seemed to work well under Dial TCP/IP Access. The connection was similar to the speed of our Internet connection, and the response time was quick and reliable."

"With Dial TCP/IP Access, libraries will be able to reach OCLC systems and services that were previously inaccessible using asynchronous dial access," said Gary Houk, vice president of OCLC Services.

Dial TCP/IP Access users may open multiple sessions while being billed only a single connect-time charge. The access method makes use of the dial-up networking features of Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0.

Dial TCP/IP Access requires a PC with a Pentium microprocessor, Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0, and a modem capable of 28.8 Kbps.

OCLC Dial TCP/IP Access is not available in all countries.

Source: OCLC, Dublin, OH, 614/764-6000; Fax: 614/764-6096; http://www. oclc.org.

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Date:Dec 1, 1997
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