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Cynthia Etkin

DLC Spring 2007 Meeting

Denver, CO



DARTS: Depository Access to Reports, Technical & Scientific


provide depository libraries with access to NTIS (National Technical Information Service) reports

compare bibliographic records to identify fugitive documents


  • 240,000 reports
    • number of reports available online will grow as NTIS digitizes more of them
  • full text online
  • pdf or tiff wrapped files
  • reports date from 1964-2000
  • wide variety of subjects (science & technical)


Beta Test

  • new unique content for FLDP
  • 30 library volunteers (February 2007)
  • tested usability and navigation
  • suggestions are being phased-in



  • since 2/28/2007, available to all depository libraries
  • validation form required
  • 245 registered users as of 04.11.2007
  • NTIS cannot lose revenue with this pilot



  • reference service providers can have username/password
  • patrons cannot have login access
  • DARTS cannot be used to supply ILL requests (unless requested by another depository library)
  • do not download and distribute reports outside of library users
  • up to 30 simultaneous users
  • can use document delivery service to primary clientele
  • password may be shared with branch libraries



  • is IP authorization available? (NO.)
    • can use a proxy server to authorized primary clientele
  • how can we ensure only 30 simultaneous users? (try)
  • how was coverage of reports determined? (unclear answer)


"Summer Special"

  • reports added between 1999-2006 on CD-ROM
  • $1 / title
  • can create a subject profile
  • reports return to regular price on 9/1/2007


Comments/Questions from Council/Audience

Anne Miller only sees through 1987, not 1964, when she logs in.

Tim Byrne found from 1912 (DOD).

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