A New Z39.50 Protocol Client for Searching in Libraries and Research Collaboration

Albert Rego, Laura Garcia, Miguel Llopis, Jaime Lloret


The increasing number of information available at libraries and the necessity to find a way to look for information at several libraries at the same time leaded to the creation of the Z39.50 protocol. Since it has been launched, many Z39.50 clients have been developed, but most of them only have access to a reduced number of libraries catalogues and are focused on the point of view of the library users. We present a Z39.50 client that adds new features focusing on the point of view of researchers and publishing houses. With our proposal the user can add the catalogue of any library whenever he wants in order to facilitate him the process of looking for the desired information. Our Z39.50 client shows as well the situation of the closest libraries where the results of the information searched by the user is located. Finally, we have compared our Z39.50 client with the existing ones.


Z39.50; Integrated Library System; Bibliographic Reference Software

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/npa.v8i3.10147

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