Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Bibliographic Utilities Vendor List

October 1999

This list has been compiled to assist libraries in contacting vendors of bibliographic utilities and services that provide cataloging data.  Inclusion on this list should not be interpreted as an endorsement by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. To the best of our knowledge, this information was correct as of September 1999, with updates in June 2004.  Information is constantly changing: please contact the vendor to verify all information.

If you are interested in comparing the features of various products and services, the report "Commercial Sources of Cataloging Data -- Bibliographic Utilities and Other Vendors" by William Saffady is highly recommended reading (ALA's Library Technology Reports, May-June 1998, Volume 34, Number 3).  You may also wish to consult the Internet Library for Librarians (itcompany.com/inforetriever/util.htm) website for additional vendor and system listings.

Bibliographic utilities can deliver records in a variety of ways, including: dedicated lines and special terminals, stand-alone CD-ROM products, Internet FTP transfer, and web-based clients, including "Z39.50" client solutions.  Z39.50 is an international standard for searching and retrieving records from remote computers.  Using the Z39.50 protocol, a client program on your computer can communicate with a remote server, ask for information, and receive it for you.  For example, you could use a Z39.50 client program to search a remote library catalog (often for free), and obtain one or more relevant cataloging records, which you can proceed to save and use locally.  For more on the development of Z39.50 services in Texas, see the Z Texas Project pages.

If you find information that is incorrect while using this list or would like additional information, please contact the Library Development Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission: (512) 463-5465 or via email:ld@tsl.texas.gov

Auto-Graphics, Inc.
3201 Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768-3200
(800) 776 6939 x311 or (909) 595 7204 x311
FAX (909) 595 3506
  • Impact/CD CAT: CD-ROM contains records, editor
  • Impact/ONLINE CAT: online access to MARC bibliographic database. web and Z39.50 access
  • Impact MARCit: Large database of cataloging records, z39.50 client and server, web interface, MARCit editor (Windows 95/98 or NT based).
Book Systems, Inc.
721 Clinton Ave., Suite 11
Huntsville, AL 35801
(800) 219 6571 or (256) 533 9746
FAX: (800) 230 4183 or (256) 536 1175
Product: eZcat (http://www.booksys.com/products-ezcat.php): z39.50 client.  Runs on Windows, NT, and Macintosh computers.  Free trial version available.
Brodart Automation
500 Arch St.
Williamsport, PA 17705
(800) 233 8467
FAX (717) 327 9237
CASPR Library Systems
100 Park Center Plaza, Suite 550
San Jose, CA 95113
(800) 852-2777 or (408) 882-0600
FAX (408) 882-0608
e-mail: sales@caspr.com
Product: FreeMARC: access and download any of 1.8 million records in MARC format, free, through the Web. 
Data Research Associates, Inc.
1276 North Warson Rd.
P.O. Box 8495
St. Louis, MO 63132-1806
(800) 325 0888 or (314) 432 1100
FAX (314) 993 8927
e-mail: sales@.dra.com
Product: Open DRA Net: DRA houses their records on a Z39.50 server that can be directly accessed via DRA's cataloging software, or through other Z39.50 client applications such as TLC's ITS.Windows.     
GIS Information Systems
P.O. Box 4901
Syracuse, NY 13221-4901
(800) 272 3414
FAX (315) 457 5883
Product: SuperCAT: CD-ROM based product, runs on MS-DOS.
GRC International
1900 Gallows Road
Vienna, Virginia 22182
(703) 506 5000
Fax: (703) 356 4289
Products: LaserQuest (www.grci.com/services/library/laserquest/index.shtml): CD-ROM based product for MS-DOS.
The Library Corporation
Research Park
Inwood, WV 25428
(800) 624 0559 or (800) 325 7759 (Marketing) or (304) 229 0100
FAX (304) 229 0295
The Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., S.E.
Washington, DC 20540
(202) 707 5000
Description: The cataloging records produced by the Library of Congress constitute an important part of most commercially available cataloging databases and utilities. For example, OCLC uploads LC MARC records periodically into its WorldCat database.
Marcive, Inc.
P.O. Box 47508
San Antonio, TX 78265-7508
(800) 531-7678 or (210) 646-6161
FAX (210) 646-0167
email: info@marcive.com
Nichols Advanced Technologies
(Sagebrush Technologies)
Suite 2100
8911 Capital of Texas Highway
Austin, Texas 78759
(888) 307 MARC
FAX: (512) 342 2827
Product: MARCit (www.marcit.com): For cataloging of webpages. Instead of relying on a database of records, MARCit extracts certain fields from a webpage, and inserts that data into the appropriate fields of a new MARC record. Trial version downloadable from website.
OCLC (Online Computer Library Center)
6565 Frantz Road
Dublin, OH 43017-3395, USA
(800) 848 5878 or (614) 764 6000
FAX: 1 (614) 764 6096
Description: OCLC owns WorldCat, one of the world's largest bibliographic databases.  Individual users can participate as members, but libraries are encouraged to work through regional networks. 
OCLC/WLN (Western Library Network)
P.O. Box 3888
Lacey, WA 98509
(800) 342 5956
Research Libraries Group
1200 Villa Street
Mountain View, CA 94041-1100
(800) 537 7546
FAX: (650) 964 0943
Description: According to the RLG website, RLG's RLIN (Research Libraries Information Network) maintains "a union catalog of 82 million items held in comprehensive research libraries and special libraries in RLG member institutions, plus over 100 additional law, technical, and corporate libraries using RLIN,"  including the National Library of Medicine, the National Library of Canada, and the British Library.
  • Eureka (www.rlg.org/eureka.html): access via telnet or web.  Demo available.
  • Zephyr (http://www.rlg.org/zephyr/): Z39.50 client.
  • Marcadia (www.rlg.org/marcadia.html): "Just tell us about your specific cataloging practices, and then put your brief records on an FTP server. We'll pick up your records, thanks to the power of the Internet, run them against the RLIN database, stack up the matches, tailor the records to match your preferences, and put them back on the same FTP server. All that's left to do is put the information onto your system."


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