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Internet Database, Library Access
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 163. Tuesday, 11 Jun 1991.
 
(1)	Date: 	Mon, 10 Jun 1991 18:13:00 -0400
	From: 	Ann Miller <FAC_AMILLER@JMUVAX>
	Subj:  	Access to other databases via Internet
 
(2)	Date: 	Mon, 10 Jun 1991 18:16:00 -0400
	From: 	Ann Miller <FAC_AMILLER@JMUVAX>
	Subj:  	Internet Library List Instructions
 
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Date: 		Mon, 10 Jun 1991 18:13:00 -0400
From: 		Ann Miller <FAC_AMILLER@JMUVAX>
Subject:  	Access to other databases via Internet
 
Sorry to take so long to respond, Ms. Lull other duties have called lately.
 
In regards to your question on access to MLA, Uncover and other database
or CDROM products, I'm afraid I don't have good news.  That kind of
remote access to those products on OPAC's is currently prohibited.
 
Libraries pay a site license fee to load those databases onto their
mainframes.  This contract specifies that only their users be allowed
to access those specialized databases.  I assume publishers don't want
to have one location paying and everyone else accessing free.  That is
basically how this operates as of now.  Like everything in my field,
however, it may change in the near future.
 
Libraries are exploring the possibilities of local area networks which
would allow scholars from two or three local colleges and universities to
access one mainframe which has the files.  A possibility may be that
individuals could pay a fee and have an account set up.  I've not heard
of that yet, but who's to say?  Perhaps in your situation your library
could set something up with say U. of Washington in Seattle, if their
setup is such that it could work.
 
CDROM's are basically the same.  There are some very stringent contracts
regarding how we can and can't network the machines.  I hope the publishers
will loosen up in time.  Right now they are erring on the side of caution.
 
The Internet info is coming along in a separate package.
 
					Ann Miller
					Ref. Librarian
					James Madison University
					Harrisonburg, VA  22807
					fac_amil@jmuvax1
					
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Date: 		Mon, 10 Jun 1991 18:16:00 -0400
From: 		Ann Miller <FAC_AMILLER@JMUVAX>
Subject:  	Internet Library List Instructions
 
Before remote accessing a library's OPAC (online public access
catalogs) three conditions must exist.
 
1) Internet access.  Check with your computing center, but if you are
on SHAKSPER you probably have Internet access.  An individual Internet
address looks like this - 
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 .  A library's
Internet address will look like - lib.darmouth.edu (that's Dartmouth).
 
	[Note: Many SHAKSPEReans are actually on Bitnet, not Internet,
	and therefore cannot gain remote access as described here.
	If your node address is a single word, or has the suffix
	".Bitnet", you are NOT on Internet.  If, however, your address
	ends in ".com", ".edu", ".ca", ".uk", or the like, you
	probably DO have direct Internet access.  -- k.s.]
 
2) Your "emulation" must be correct.  Check your "terminal emulation"
on your PC communications package.  My advice would to be set up to
emulate a VT100 terminal.  This appears to be the most common needed
to access libraries.  If you don't do this weird things will happen to
your screen when you get into these catalogs.
 
3) You must have a list of libraries available for remote access.  Not
all libraries are, mine for instance.  There are two lists of
libraries that I'm aware of.  The "Barron" list from Texas and the
"St. George" list from New Mexico.  For our purposes I'm going to
recommend the "Billy Barron" list.  It has better, and more easily
followed instructions.   The "St. George" list is said to have more
libraries.  I couldn't say for sure.  To get these lists you use
anonymous FTP.  What follows is step by step instructions to "get" the
list.  Be aware that it will take up some room in your account so be
sure to have plenty of space.
 
According to the instructions for the new release (June 3, 1991) there
are several types of files you can get.  These are:
 
LIBRARIES.TXT - ASCII version
LIBRARIES.PS  - Postscript version
LIBRARIES.WP5 - WordPerfect 5.1 source (transfer in binary mode)
LIBRARIES.ADR - Numberic IP address of Internet libraries
LIBRARIES.CONTACTS - Contacts for some of the Internet Libraries
NETWORKS.HLP - VMS help file source for a wide area networks help
               topic, which includes a section on library systems
 
(source Billy Barron message LIBREF-L June 4, 1991)
 
>From your mainframe's prompt
 
1. (type) ftp vaxb.acs.unt.edu
     [after a pause the computer will respond with its address,
      something like: VAXB.ACS.UNT.EDU>]
2. (type) login
     [it will ask you for type of user]
3. (type) anonymous
     [it will ask you to identify yourself, type your Internet
      address]
4. (type) 
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     [now you are in.  This system runs UNIX which is case sensitive
      so watch your caps!]
5. (type) binary
6. (type) cd library
7. (type) get FILENAME
8. (type) [at this point the computer will ask you to name your
          incoming file.  This will be the name when it arrives at
          your mainframe.]
9. (type) exit
     [Exit FTP following successful receipt of file]
 
Sometimes the system won't be running, it will say "No action possible
now" (or something to that effect) so you have to try again later.
That has happened to me, generally during the day.  It is FTP
etiquette to only use FTP during off hours.  These would be from 5:00
pm to 8:00 am local time of the computer you are accessing, or on
weekends.
 
One more thing about the list.  Be prepared, it is rather long. 114
pages actually.  I would advise having it print from the institution
mainframe.  Either that or grab a cup of coffee while you are watching
your printer.
 
So now you have your list of libraries.  The Barron list is
international.  Not only can one access Cambridge University (which
started this whole thing) but U. of New South Wales, Harvard, U. of
Toronto, Dartmouth (with its SHAKESPEARE PLAYS database) and a myriad
of other places.  The instructions are easy, and accurate (so far).
So play!
 
Sample instructions:
 
                   Cambridge University
 
Location: Cambridge UK
 
To access:
 
1.   Type TELNET SUN.NSF.AC.UK
2.   At the login prompt, type janet
3.   At the hostname prompt, enter uk.ac.cambridge.university-library
                                    [or uk.ac.cam.ul]
4.   Enter Y.
 
To exit, type END.
 
The [] note is mine, try it as well.
 
Remember not all OPAC's are the same, in fact most of the software
will be different.  This will really become noticeable as one starts
going abroad.  It took awhile to get used to Cambridge's for instance.
Some will be the same.  For instance, NOTIS is a common system in the
US and Canada, many major research libraries use it.  I usually heave
a sigh of relief when I see a NOTIS welcome screen.
 
I'd like to take a moment to recommend a couple of systems to look at:
 
CARL (Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries)
     More than a library, an information system.  This may will
     be what the electronic library is moving to.
 
Carnegie Mellon U.
     Not much for SHAKSPEReans here but a nice system, very flexible.
 
University of California and California State Library
     Also known as MELVYL, all of CA University holdings in one
     gigantic package.  I often go there first just for the breadth
     of coverage.
 
I must point out that the Barron list is written for those of us in
the U.S.  The access is available to those of you in other countries
but from different points.  Check with your computing center on how to
get onto our networks.
 
I can try to answer any questions if you wish to email me directly.
It may take a few days as I'm in the midst of setting up a public
workstation and weeding federal documents.
 
Good luck!!
 
				Ann Miller
				Reference/Government Documents Librarian
				Carrier Library
				James Madison University
				Harrisonburg, VA  22807
				fac_amil@jmuvax1.bitnet
				Internet: 
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