Sailor online network getting 4 new databases


August 16, 1996

The state Department of Education has contracted with a California company to make four major databases available for searches through Sailor, the state's online public information network.

Information Access Co., a unit of the Canadian media firm Thomson Corp., will provide general reference, health reference, a general periodicals index and national newspaper index databases to Sailor, which is widely used in Maryland schools and libraries. These databases let users find article indexes and retrieve full texts of articles from magazines, newspapers, reference books and information pamphlets.

Sailor is an online information system providing Marylanders with no-charge access to Internet resources. It can be accessed from public and academic libraries, schools, homes, offices, prisons, mental health institutions, and kiosks.

The system is coordinated by the Maryland Division of Library Development and Services and the Department of Education.

In the past several months, Information Access Co. has formed similar agreements with Alabama, Hawaii and Virginia.

Pub Date: 8/16/96

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