These sites either hold copies of our Z39.50 configuration, or else use our Z settings as part of an application.
List updated 13th November 2012:
Because of the launch of our new website and the change to our catalogue URLs, the details of our Z39.50 setup have changed (for the second time this year). The new details are:
For the record, catalog.library.lincoln.ac.uk —i.e. the US spelling—works just as well as catalogue.library…
I’m updating our details (or at least informing of the change) in the following places which use Z39.50:
Does anyone know of any other sites that will likely have our Z39.50 configuration on file?
My colleagues in e-Library Services at Lincoln have been spending the last few weeks updating our Library Management System (LMS) – SirsiDynix Horizon. This work included upgrading from v7.34 to v7.51b of the Horizon software itself (and from v3.08 to v3.21 of our library catalogue HiP) as well as moving Horizon off an internal Lincoln server to external SaaS, and re-connecting all the associated systems (access control; Keystone; the 2CQR Lucid self-service touchscreen software, etc.).
We’ve also changed our connection details for remote searching of our library catalogue via the Z39.50 protocol. Our new Z39.50 URL is z3950s://www.library.lincoln.ac.uk:210/lincoln (replacing the old z3950s://184.108.40.206:210/horizon).
A couple of people on Twitter asked why I was bothering. Z39.50 is a national and international (ISO 23950) standard defining a protocol for computer-to-computer information retrieval – and is pretty much the definition of dinosaur library tech:
@pstainthorp I can just picture all those “the library is bloody awful — it doesn’t have a Z39.50 server” NSS comments
— Dave Pattern (@daveyp) April 26, 2012
But secretly I ❤ Z39.50. Also, a few services listed below—most notably RefWorks—still make use of it. The full details of our new Z39.50 setup are:
And here’s a very short list of registries and services that list and/or make use of our Z39.50 profile. I’ll add to this list if any more come to light.
For testing Z39.50 in the past, I have used the free-to-download Mercury Z39.50 Client from Basedow Information Systems. Other client software is available.