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From: Chris Tinney <>
Subject: LDS FHC-Salt Lake City vs Interlibrary Loan Services 38 million items back to A.D. 1100.
Date: Sun, 04 Oct 1998 08:38:41 -0700


For What It Is Worth Department:

If you go to:
DOCUMENTATION AND PUBLICATIONS at:
http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/~vctinney/sources.htm
you will note a section called:

University level user-friendly resources: UC Systemwide sample
See: LIBRARIES for access and overview information.

Within this section is:
FIRSTSEARCH
OCLC databases and catalog

The WorldCat section of this site has
current connections to over 17,000 OCLC
libraries worldwide and over 38,000,000
[38 million items]. A brief study of the record
database indicates that approximately 25%-50%
or more of the non-circulating book collection, as
well as many of the microform collections,
in the SLC LDC FHC, is in this OCLC system.
If you can access FIRSTSEARCH from a
local resouce center and use Interlibrary loan
facilities, you will find you may make a
tremendous savings in time, talent, means
and effective effort in your research projects.
Additionally, there are many rare and more
expensive scholarly resources that can be
obtained via this route that are NOT in the
SLC LDS Library. If you set up a rotating
request schedule, you may be able to have
a constant flow of Interlibrary Loan books
arriving at your local library as you advance order.
In the case of the UC Davis Shields Library, all
patrons within the library have free access to the
system. The local Davis Branch of the Yolo County
Library System allows free Interlibrary Loan service
for four(4) books/microforms at a time, unless there
is a fee charged by the sending institution. Thus, in
this case, a massive and free worldwide extension of
the genealogical research process. Since the loan
system obtains records from any depository site that
will offer a book/microform for transport, there is a good
possibility that you will be able to find what you want
delivered locally. This can be, for example, from
Princeton Univeristy Library, Seattle, Washington,
or somewhere in the State of Virginia, all in the same
shipment. The highly restricted LDS Library system
is greatly complimented by the active use of this
parallel resouce by genealogists and family historians.

Respectfully yours,
Tom Tinney, Sr.
Listed in: Who's Who In The West, 1998/1999
Who's Who In Genealogy and Heraldry,
[both editions]


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