Volume 1 Number 1
|LAIP libraries have been using a web version of
their online catalogs since the fall of 1998. Such a system provides exciting new
These new capabilities are presented to the student in a form that is increasingly familiar, namely the web browser. So the online library catalog is surfed much like other web sites. This provides a "friendliness" and a familiarity to the OPAC that, from some points of view, has been missing.
The OLIS developed a Web2 implementation strategy earlier in 1998. That document is available at http://olis.sysadm.suny.edu/projects/web2/web2imp.html. Goal 1 (a SUNY interface to the DRA Web2 software) is mostly complete. Goal 2 (access to non-LAIP SUNY catalogs) is well underway.
The unique SUNY look to the Web2 software is a product of the Web2 team under the leadership of Laura Murray. Each of the LAIP Clusters elected a member of the team to represent them during the work of customizing and optimizing a SUNY interface to Web2. Laura is at the forefront of a new librarianship involving interface design (and computer-user interaction), WWWeb development and in-the-trenches work with the Z39.50 standard. Upcoming activities will include incorporating new Web2 capabilities (developed by DRA) into the SUNY version of the software. Make use of Web2 via http://18.104.22.168/html/welcome.html
SUNY's version of Web2 searches and displays bibliographic information from eight different systems (DRA, Dynix, Geac, IAC, Innovative Interfaces, Multilis, Notis, Sirsi). This work shows what is possible. Yet, the complexity and variability of these various database systems points to the value of SUNY choosing a common library software.