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JANUARY 2000Volume 2 Number 1

Connecticut Digital Library Update

Sharon Brettschneider, Director, Division of Library Development

The Connecticut Digital Library is off and running! As of January 1st, 188 libraries are participating in reQuest. This includes 111 public, 45 school, 20 academic and 12 special libraries. Check out the reQuest statewide catalog.

Statewide Catalog
One hundred and forty-five libraries have been trained and have begun offering interlibrary loan through reQuest. This service allows their patrons to search our statewide catalog, place requests for materials, and track the status of those requests, all on the web. Over two thousand ILL requests were placed during the month of December. We expect this number to grow as libraries publicize this service to their patrons. One hundred libraries are using cataloging services: WebCat allows them to use the statewide catalog to add, delete or update their holdings and download MARC records into their local automation system; CAT allows for full cataloging and MARC editing capability with access to the 3.2 million records in the statewide catalog as well as the 8 million records in the LC MARC catalog. View information on how your library can participate as well as a reQuest Frequently Asked Questions, or call Bill Sullivan at 1-888-reQuest-1222.

reQuest Database Program
The Statewide Commercial Database program is saving Connecticut libraries over $1.5 million this year. Three hundred and sixty four libraries are taking advantage of discounted subscriptions to commercial databases for a total saving of $254,000. Discounts are currently available for the Associated Press/Photo Archive, the Britannica Online, Electric Library, Galenet databases and Grolier Online. In addition, two hundred and seventy-seven libraries are now participating in the free, state subsidized access to the following Galenet databases: Contemporary Authors, Discovering US History, Discovering Science and the Gale Ready Reference Shelf. The savings realized under this program totals $1,381,983. Find out online how your library can participate or call Jane Emerson 1-888-reQuest-1222.

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