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The FirstSearch Experience at the Ohio State University

Karen R. Snure (Reference librarian at the Main Library, the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 1 April 1991



In February 1991, OCLC began testing its newly developed product—the FirstSearch™ Catalog. Designed distinctly for the end‐user, FirstSearch is an online computer system providing access to a variety of databases, most notably the OCLC Online Union Catalog. By October 1991, the system was made commercially available to all OCLC member libraries with a pricing structure different from any previously marketed system. As a test site, the Ohio State University has had experience with the system for several months, and has now made the transition from test site to customer.


Snure, K.R. (1991), "The FirstSearch Experience at the Ohio State University", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 25-52.




Copyright © 1991, MCB UP Limited

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