RLG's RedLightGreen service has been out of pilot testing since August. It's available to the general public at no cost 24/7 and also produces Google search results for each title viewed out of the 120 million books from the RLG Union Database.RedLightGreen is produced by RLG, once known as Research Libraries Group.
What happens when you take a massive database of bibliographic descriptions and redesign it for the Web, not just as a resource for librarians, but as a tool for students and the public at large? That’s the idea behind RLG’s RedLightGreen
RLG’s largest bibliographic database has been reinvented as an online information service, accessible over the open Web. It helps undergraduates and other researchers zero in on the most authoritative, useful sources of information—with the kind of interface and usability expected by Web-savvy students.
One of the interesting features is the ability to format results in MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian style. All that is required is that you register with an e-mail and pw.
I tried a search that returned more than one citation. The search results lack certain standard features, such as the option to mark records, and a link that takes you back to search results after you view one citation in full format. Instead, you have to use the back button. As well, you can choose to save to a citation format only by examining one record at a time.
However, the ability to create lists in one of these citation formats is a bonus. Another nice feature is the option to check your local library catalogue to determine if the item in question is held in your collection. When I clicked on the "Get It at NEOS Libraries Consortium" link to the U of Alberta Libraries' catalogue, I received an error page. When I clicked on the "Other Libraries" link, I navigated through the geographic links to Alberta, then Edmonton, where the link to our catalogue was listed, returning correct results. Perhaps the Get It function only works for RLG member libraries.
RLG has created an Information for Librarians page to promote RedLightGreen. At this time, five member institutions have partnered with RLG to promote the service: Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University, Swarthmore College, and the University of Minnesota. For example, U Minn Libraries has a three colour button advertising RedLightGreen on its catalogue page. A click-through takes you to a page describing the service from the U Minn perspective.
Is anyone out there using RedLightGreen?