Old Brookville, NY, November 29, 2006— The Pima County Public Library (PCPL) has launched 'Speedy Search' powered by WebFeat. The branded WebFeat Express federated search solution enables Library patrons to simultaneously search more than 50 electronic resources—including the Library catalog, general reference resources, business resources, several Spanish language resources as well as hundreds of newspapers, magazines and journals. Speedy Search powered by WebFeat is seamlessly integrated within the Library's new look website and can be accessed from any of the 460 public access computer terminals located at the 24 PCPL branches throughout the Tucson metropolitan area. Speedy Search may also be accessed remotely via the Library's website (http://www.lib.ci.tucson.az.us/) by any patron with a valid library ID.
"It is our goal to make it easy for library customers to use our wide range of resources," said Nancy Ledeboer, Library Director, Pima County Public Library. "Speedy Search [powered by WebFeat] cuts across all our databases to locate information. It operates with the ease and convenience of Google, yet the difference is that Speedy Search searches across proprietary databases that are not open and free on the Internet. The Library subscribes to these valuable resources on behalf of our customers and Speedy Search makes using these resources as easy as possible."
Speedy Search powered by WebFeat helps patrons find information when they don't necessarily know the name of the database or databases that have the most relevant information for their research topics. It also guides researchers to databases they might not normally use. Speedy Search enables patrons to search relevant resources by providing the option to search one or more subject categories that are pre-populated by Library staff with databases that are relevant to the topic being searched. "Our databases are a great way to find information, but with so many resources, it can be overwhelming," said Shawn Flecken, Electronic Resources Librarian, Pima County Public Library. "Speedy Search solves this by giving our customers different options for searching. Customer can search all of our resources at once or narrow the focus of their search by selecting relevant subjects. Speedy Search will really help us get the most out of our database collection."
Todd Miller, President of WebFeat, said, "Speedy Search powered by WebFeat is a great addition to the Pima County Public Library. The Library has done an excellent job of integrating WebFeat Express with its online offerings. The system will help the Library achieve its goals of making state-of-the-art technology and a wealth of information easily available to the public."
WebFeat provides federated search access for millions of Arizonans through The Arizona State Library. The Arizona State Library Archives and Public Records provides a package of databases for all Arizonans that are made available with funding from Maricopa County Library District, Pima County Public Library and the Arizona State Library Archives and Public Records through LSTA Grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Learn more about the Pima County Public Library at: http://www.lib.ci.tucson.az.us/about/news/?id=126
WebFeat (U.S. patent #6,807,539) is the developer of the WEBFEAT and WebFeat Express Search Prisms, used by over 5,000 leading public, academic, government and Global 1000 libraries and information centers—including over half of the 20 largest U.S. public libraries, 12 statewide library systems, and one out of every 10 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) institutions.
WebFeat offers a suite of next-generation federated search tools, PRISM, the SMART COUNTER-compliant usage tracker, and MyWebFeat personalized federated search system. WebFeat Enterprise Edition provides a complete search solution for multi-library networks, while WebFeat Express International Edition supports 8 languages, enabling users to dynamically change language displays. Originally founded in 1992 as an information technology consultancy, WebFeat has earned industry recognition from leading organizations such as Library Journal and the Gartner Group. Learn more about WebFeat at http://www.webfeat.org.