This article by Joan Thompson, document resources librarian, originally appeared in the November/December 1998 issue of the i/s newsletter.
The MIT Libraries have launched a web version of Barton, their online catalog. Although WebBarton is up and running, it is still under development. An updated version from GEAC, the system vendor, is expected in the coming months, though a firm date has not been set.
This first version has been made available in response to user demand and to provide improved access to Barton. WebBarton is linked throughout the Libraries site and can be found at http://libraries.mit.edu/barton/. Telnet access to Barton will continue to be offered at telnet://library.mit.edu/.
Users of Barton will notice that the web version maintains most of the functionality of the old telnet version while offering new features and enhancements. For example, WebBarton has an e-mail option for exporting search results and a search history function that lets users review and combine past searches.
The web interface is also more responsive than the telnet version in other ways. You can limit searches by location or type of material before or after initiating your query, and connecting and printing from the web is simpler.
The Libraries would like to involve the MIT community in the development of WebBarton. There is an e-mail link for user feedback on the login page; comments and suggestions are welcome. As always, the Libraries reference staff is available to help users with WebBarton or any library resource.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on January 13, 1999.