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WINISIS Catalogue Database Now On The WEB

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  • Bushra Almas
    The United Nations Common Library. Islamabad, Pakistan. Catalogue Database Now On The WEB The United Nations Common Library Catalogue Database is now
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      The United Nations Common Library. Islamabad, Pakistan.

      Catalogue Database Now On The WEB

      The United Nations Common Library Catalogue Database is now accessible
      through the World Wide Web, adding to the ease of access and much more
      convenience for the UN Offices, their staff, consultants, partners,
      focal points and the students and researchers of the UN in Pakistan or
      in the world.

      The original database has been developed using the WINISIS software by
      UNESCO and the web publishing has been done using WWWISIS software by
      BIREME/PAHO/WHO, Brazil. To search the Online Catalogue anytime,
      anywhere, visit the new Library Website URL:
      http://www.un.org.pk/library/index.htm. This is the First Web Catalogue
      in Pakistan offering full range of search capabilities.

      Started in 1997, the UN Common Library Catalogue now contains 11618
      bibliographic records referring to the Library holdings. Almost 40 new
      records are added to this database, every week. The Catalogue was
      already available online to the UN House LAN users, since November 11,
      1999. But the following managerial / technical problems were prohibiting
      the effective use of this facility.

      1. The access required installation of a search interface on all users’
      workstations and re-installation each time the computer was changed or
      reformatted.

      2. Direct access was impossible for the staff of UN Agencies using their
      own LAN Servers with firewalls or no access rights for the UN Common
      Library. In this case, access depended on a local LAN Managers’ copying
      the updated version of the catalogue database from UNDP LAN Server to
      the Agency’s own server, every week. For various reasons, the LAN
      Managers found this practice impracticable.

      3. The new entrants to the UN staff could not come to know about this
      facility.

      4. The catalogue was inaccessible for the UN Agencies residing out of
      the UN House.

      Now the WEB CATALOGUE has broken all the barriers whether managerial or
      technological or the time or space and reached every desktop of the UN
      System in Pakistan as well as the world, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.

      The Web Catalogue is being beta-tested online for any access and
      retrieval problems and/or errors. We request all the Librarian friends
      to please help in this process by making online searches from their
      computers and review the efficiency, access / retrieval speed and point
      out any problem or just give their comments and / or suggestions for
      improvement. Please send your remarks and comments to: Bushra Almas
      Jaswal, UN Librarian, on the e-mail address: unlib@...
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