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02.08.07 | Anna Richardson
US internet literary resource website viaLibri has expanded its "Quick Query" library search tool by adding 36 new online library and bibliographic catalogues, reports The Book Standard. The additions include ten national union catalogues, three national libraries, two bibliographic census databases and 21 individual research and special collections libraries.
Jim Hinck told the website: "Online library catalogues are a very important source for the type of bibliographic information our users regularly need. But the fact that this information is dispersed across so many different sites makes it difficult and time consuming to obtain. Our goal was to address this problem by creating a single access point for the major libraries of the world and then building into it a simple way to search them all. Having today more than doubled the number of our target libraries we feel we have advanced significantly towards that goal."
A new "Search History" feature was also added to the site, which has easy-to-access direct links to prior search results.