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September 13, 2004 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Illinois Libraries Gain Unlimited OCLC Access

Illinois libraries now have unlimited access to a variety of OCLC services with a fixed annual subscription that allows libraries in the state to budget and plan for the next 3 years. Illinois libraries have unlimited use of OCLC cataloging, resource sharing, content management, and FirstSearch reference services under terms of a new 3-year agreement. Services will support and be supported by the Statewide Illinois Library Catalog (SILC), a group online union catalog created by Illinois libraries and OCLC (from information in WorldCat) that gives all Illinois citizens access to the more than 55 million items held in libraries throughout the state.

The Illinois State Library brought together an advisory council of Illinois library leaders to establish a fair and equitable way to allocate each library's share of the cost for the statewide annual subscription for services. Libraries that might not have been able to participate in the OCLC cooperative in the past are now able to do so as part of the group.

OCLC configures and hosts the group catalog and associated services so Illinois library staff can concentrate on other projects. Group catalogs have also been created for Florida and Missouri as well as Transportation Libraries and the Military Education and Research Library Network. Others are under way. For more information on OCLC services for groups, visit

Source: OCLC

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