Old Brookville, NY, January 21, 2006— EBSCO and WebFeat are pleased to announce a partnership that will allow the federated search engine WebFeat Express to be sold as an add-on product to EBSCO's online title listing service EBSCO A-to-Z®.
WebFeat Express is a streamlined version of the original WebFeat federated search engine. Designed to appeal to the budgets and administrative demands of small to medium-size libraries, WebFeat Express allows clients to handle federated search configuration with minimal effort using WebFeat's intuitive admin module.
Once configured, the federated search engine integrates within the A-to-Z service, allowing it to take advantage of the extensive A-to-Z knowledge base. With A-to-Z, administration is greatly simplified, and changes to the library's electronic collection are reflected in real time and may be indicated and maintained through this single interface.
"The addition of WebFeat Express into EBSCO's A-to-Z family of products enables us to offer customers a federated search alternative that is both economical and built on the best technology available," said Oliver Pesch, EBSCO's Chief Strategist of E-Resources.
"We are very excited about our new partnership with EBSCO, offering libraries easy and economical one-stop-shop management of e-resources and federated searching," said Todd Miller, WebFeat President. "A partnership between EBSCO Information Services, the worldwide leader in information access and management solutions, and WebFeat, the world leader in federated searching, is a natural fit."
EBSCO Information Services provides libraries and research centers with electronic and print journal subscription services, e-resource access and management services, full-text and secondary database development and access, an OpenURL-compliant link resolver, online book purchasing and related information services. EBSCO maintains a title database of more than 300,000 title listings and upholds relationships with more than 78,000 publishers around the world.
EBSCO's 32 Regional Offices worldwide are staffed with personnel who speak the local language and understand the particular challenges faced by librarians in their areas, offering a uniquely personal level of service. Specialized divisions serve academic, biomedical, government, public, school and special libraries as well as corporations.
WebFeat (US patent #6,807,539) is the developer of the WEBFEAT PRISM, used by over 3,000 leading public, academic, government and Global 1000 libraries and information centers—including over half of the top 20 largest U.S. public libraries, 8 statewide library systems, and one out of every 10 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) institutions.
WebFeat's latest release, WebFeat 3, offers a suite of next-generation federated search tools, PRISM, the SMART COUNTER-compliant usage tracker, and MyWebFeat personalized federated search system. 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 www.webfeat.org.