Connecting using Z39.50

Z39.50 is an international standard for communication between, primarily library-related, computer systems. Z39.50 enables a user in one system to search and retrieve information from other Z39.50-enabled systems without using the interface of the other systems.

Z39.50 can facilitate a wide range of library functions that require database searching including cataloguing, interlibrary loan, and reference. Another useful feature of the Z39.50 standard is that it allows the simultaneous searching of multiple databases.

How does the ANU Library use Z39.50?

ANU Library provides Z39.50 access to its Library Catalogue. Any other Z39.50-enabled system can connect to it this way. You can also use Endnote and similar desktop systems to access the catalogue.

Endnote connection file for the ANU Library Catalogue

EndNote lets users construct their own libraries by downloading references from scholarly databases and library catalogues. One way of achieving this is via an online search using EndNote connection files.

ANU has an institutional licence that allows students and staff to download a free copy of the software from the Information Literacy Program’s EndNote Support Site in Wattle. ANU installations of EndNote should already contain the ANU Library connection file.

Important: The catalogue server only checks the keyword index when you do boolean searches (using AND, OR, NOT operators). The server ignores the search fields you've indicated in EndNote's Search window. For example, a search for "Haydn" in Author AND "concerto" in the Title will become a search for "Haydn" and "concerto" in the Keyword index. Searches with only one search item will use the designated search field.

You can get around this to some extent by searching for one field, for example: "Haydn" in author, download all the results, then search through your results for a title with "concerto" in it. Hint: You can search through your local library of downloaded results by un-checking the "search remote" checkbox in the search window.

Configuration information to access ANU Library Catalogue via Z39.50

To connect to the ANU Library Catalogue using Z39.50 you will have to configure your client with certain information. ANU Library runs the INNOPAC integrated library management system and its Z39.50 server and client.

Configuration details: access & initialisation

Address: library.anu.edu.au
Port: 210
Authentication / Password: Not required
Database name (code): INNOPAC

Configuration details: services

Services Supported: Initialization, Scan, Search, Present
Type of requests:
USMARC (OID 1.2.840.10003.5.10) or OPAC (OID 1.2.840.10003.5.102)
OPAC - Brief data - bibliographic and holdings data
OPAC - Full data - bibliographic and holdings and item data
Type of query: 1
Result set naming: Not supported
Resource control: Not used
Attribute set: Bib-1

Configuration details

Search type Use field Relation Position Structure Truncate Completeness

AUTHOR

1003

3

1

1

1

1

TITLE

4

3

1

1

1

1

SUBJECT

21

3

1

1

1

1

WORD

4

3

3

6

100

1

Notes

  • For record number searches, the user enters the record number without the check digit.
  • The Z39.50 standard does not cover Authority records and Z39.50 searches do not return Authority records. Therefore, searches done of Millennium/INNOPAC databases that contain Authority records will produce a different result set than the same search done using INNOPAC's native OPAC. INNOPAC native searches report the number of "entries"retrieved. Included in this number asre entries for cross-references -- both "See" and "See also" references. INNOPAC's Z39.50 server will attempt to filter out these references, hence the Z39.50 server will report a different number of "entries" or "records" retrieved than INNOPAC's OPAC will. However, it is not able to filter out all of these references when the Z39.50 server reports on the entries retrieved, since it may be necessary to physically examine the individual records to determine whether they are references or Bibliographic records. This is particularly true when a large number of "entries" are retrieved. Thus, a request from a Z39.50 client for entries 1021-1028 out of a set of 1030 entries may not produce the expected eight Bibliographic records.