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September 24, 2001 — 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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OCLC Announces Enhancements to WorldCat on FirstSearch

OCLC ( announced that it has enhanced WorldCat (the OCLC Online Union Catalog) on the OCLC FirstSearch service by adding expanded search options and descriptive content to help users more easily identify materials. New icons on the search and results screens indicate the physical format of materials in the records. These improvements reportedly increase visibility for the wide variety of resources OCLC member libraries have collected and cataloged in WorldCat.

The addition of icons representing the major physical formats in WorldCat as search limiters will help users more easily target searches to materials in particular formats, such as books or videotapes. More detailed format information in search results will enable easy identification of the most relevant items in results lists.

OCLC is also adding tables of contents, cover art, book summaries, and notes about authors to bibliographic records for current popular material. Users can find these new features on a full record display. This descriptive content in WorldCat is provided by Ingram Library Services, one of the world's largest book and video distributors.

Users may also search for a particular language using a list of the 30 most common languages in WorldCat or the full list of more than 400 languages present in the database. In addition, users can now pinpoint items in WorldCat that are held in their own local libraries.

Source: OCLC

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