by Katina Strauch, Editor, Against the Grain [email protected]

We caught up with Bob Murphy, Senior Public Relations Specialist at OCLC, regarding the recent acquisition.

ATG:  OCLC has just announced that it will transition out of the role of hosting and reselling commercially published content.  Instead, OCLC will increase focus on partnering with publishers and other database providers to increase access to library-licensed content via and WorldCat Local. So, what’s going to happen to FirstSearch?

Murphy: OCLC released the first version of FirstSearch in 1991.  It was OCLC’s first service designed to “turn the terminal around,” to provide access to electronic information directly to library patrons rather than only to library staff.  FirstSearch allowed library patrons to search WorldCat along with a variety of reference databases.

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