The Library of Congress Machine-Assisted Realization of the Virtual Electronic Library (MARVEL) is a Campus-Wide Information System that combines the vast amounts of information available about the Library with easy access to diverse electronic resources over Internet. Its goal is to serve constituents throughout the world and Congress as well as staff of LC.
LC MARVEL uses the Gopher software from the University of Minnesota. The format of documents will, for the most part, be in plain ASCII text. In some cases, files will be listed that are not in ASCII format (i.e., graphic images), which can be saved, but not viewed, through LC MARVEL. In the near future, it may be possible to view images and more richly formatted text.
Availability and How To Connect
To gain access to LC MARVEL, telnet to marvel.loc.gov and log in as marvel. This will connect you to a "generic" Gopher client. Initially, only 10 ports will be available to outside users for direct telnet connection. However, connection is also possible through a local Gopher client or another Gopher server by pointing to marvel.loc.gov, port 70 (the 10-port user limit does not apply to this access method).
The Main Menu of LC MARVEL consists of the following selections:
1. About LC MARVEL (please read first) 2. Library of Congress: Facilities, Activities and Services 3. Research and Reference 4. Library of Congress On-Line Systems 5. The U.S. Congress 6. Federal Government Information 7. Services to Libraries and Publishers 8. Copyright 9. Employee Information 10. The Global Electronic Library (by subject) 11. Other Internet Resources 12. What's New on LC MARVEL
Since LC MARVEL will be under construction for several months, the LC MARVEL Design Team is interested in hearing comments and reports of any problems that may occur. Send Internet mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.