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DOI: 10.5445/IR/33002001

KVK - a meta catalog of libraries

Mönnich, Michael W.

Over the past years, the majority of libraries worldwide implemented interfaces to allow users to access to their bibliographic databases through the WWW. Usually these interfaces consist of HTML-pages with an embedded FORMS template where the search terms are entered. Thus for the first time it was made possible for the user to access almost every library using only one software: the WWW browser.
However, if the user has to search more than one library catalog, e.g. when searching literature for a PhD thesis, he has to access a multitude of catalogs deal with different search forms, different search syntaxes, wildcards etc. This is the case especially for users in Germany.
Faced with this situation in 1996, our team at the university library of Karlsruhe came up with the idea to create a virtual catalog enabling our library patrons to search several catalogs simultaneously. The idea was inspired by the successful introduction of meta search engines like metacrawler which perform the same function with internet search engines.
So why not try to do it with library catalogs? The idea was discussed, and with support from the faculty ... mehr

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Universitätsbibliothek (UB)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2001
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2213-056X
URN: urn:nbn:de:swb:90-AAA330020018
KITopen-ID: 33002001
Erschienen in LIBER quarterly
Band 11
Heft 2
Seiten 121-127
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