Overland Park, KS, January 9, 2004 - Library software specialists Fretwell-Downing Inc. today at ALA unveiled a complete new-look for their web-based resource sharing solution, VDX. In response to emerging web design trends, Fretwell-Downing is launching a complete refresh of the interface for its VDX web product. VDX customers have the flexibility to manage all resource sharing functions through a web interface and the new, modern design will continue to keep the product in step with trends in the wider IT market. The functional superiority of VDX is fully maintained while the new look will provide VDX customers with improved ease of use.
Matt Goldner, Product Marketing Director at Fretwell-Downing confirms that the new-look VDX will deliver tangible benefits for new and existing customers, Web trends change constantly and libraries need to keep in step. Library customers and staff are increasingly Internet savvy and delivering services through a modern and attractive interface is an important element of marketing library services in today's competitive information landscape.¨
The new-look for VDX's web interface is the latest in a series of product enhancements announced by Fretwell-Downing. Other new developments for FD's resource sharing solution include a new brokering system that automatically processes and routes incoming requests based on holdings and availability, improved copyright handling and integration with Infotrieve's
JEDDS software that enables seamless electronic document supply, via the Ariel(tm) system. Goldner concludes, "FD have led the way in developing solutions that enable libraries to make efficient resource sharing a reality. These latest developments will respond to the developing requirements of our customers and will keep VDX ahead in the resource sharing marketplace.¨
VDX delivers cost-effective management of the end-user requesting, request routing and document supply processes. VDX is the power behind numerous consortia and state-wide organizations that are leading the way in resource sharing. VDX services in the North America include SWIFT, from the State Library of Colorado and RACER, the newly launched service from the Ontario Council of University Libraries.