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Law holdings online at VIRGO

The Law School library's catalog of nearly 240,000 titles recently joined VIRGO, the University Library's online catalog.

Researchers can now search for almost all library materials with just one VIRGO search, or limit a search to a particular library, such as law. The Health Sciences library still retains its own separate catalog that is linked to the main library's Web page at http://www.lib.virginia.edu/, but it also has plans to merge with VIRGO by the end of the calendar year.

"The addition of the law library holdings into VIRGO is a major improvement in access to U.Va. collections. Given the interdisciplinary nature of much current research, it is a significant advantage to be able to search across collections," said Karin Wittenborg, University librarian.

The old law library catalog, INNOPAC, will remain online until June 2000, but no updating will be done.

E-text distribution widens

The library's Electronic Text Center has contracted with netLibrary, a major provider of electronic books over the Internet, to preserve 2,000 historic texts in digital form. In addition to offering free access to some existing texts from the E-Text Center, netLibrary will also create new e-books from the library collections for its fee-based service.

U.Va. and netLibrary will select approximately 2,000 out-of-copyright, pre-1924, English language books for this digital collection. Selections will emphasize the history of America and of individual states, including Virginia.

The netLibrary will provide wider distribution of free texts from the University's electronic collections, said David Seaman, E-Text Center director. "In particular, netLibrary's assistance in converting, storing, and serving the newly digitized works to a global audience of scholars and general readers is a great plus."

While netLibrary subscribers worldwide will have access to this collection on a fee basis, arrangements have been made to provide free access to VIVA, the Virginia consortium of academic libraries.

Service expedites book requests

The University Library now offers Purchase Express, a new, in-house service that expedites users' requests to buy books and other materials not currently available in U.Va.'s collections. The items bought through Purchase Express not only meet patron needs; the service also complements the library's collections-building efforts and its popular Library Express On-Grounds (LEO) service.

"Through Purchase Express and LEO, we now offer quick access to over 50 million titles available through purchase from online vendors or by borrowing from over 6,000 libraries around the world," said Deputy University Librarian Kendon Stubbs.

To use Purchase Express, a request form can be accessed via the "request purchase" link on the library's home page at http://www.lib.virginia.edu, and in VIRGO under "User Services." Patrons can also submit requests by e-mail to library@virginia.edu, by phone at 924-3021, or in writing to subject librarians or at the library's reference desks.

"Through Purchase Express we are able to use technology to offer faculty and students customized and expedited services for acquiring new library books," said Director of Acquisitions Lynda Clendenning. If a user asks for a book that is in print in the U.S., Purchase Express will try to obtain it within one week. Titles published outside the U.S. may take a little longer.

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