Ex Libris (UK) and The John Rylands University Library at the University of Manchester announced today that The John Rylands University Library would become the first user of the Talis library management system to integrate Ex Libris' award-winning SFX® appropriate linking technology with the Talis online catalogue (OPAC). SFX services will ensure that researchers and students at the John Rylands University Library will be presented with only appropriate links via which they will be able to navigate quickly and seamlessly to quality content.
David Whitehurst, Head of Technical Support at the John Rylands University Library, commented, "The JRUL is delighted to join the growing community of UK SFX users following on from extensive trials conducted by its forerunners the John Rylands University Library of Manchester and UMIST Library and Information Service and looks forward to integrating SFX with the University's Talis OPAC both as a source and a target. SFX fits-in well with the new University's drive for innovation and growth, and our strategy of building a fully electronic library service".
"We are pleased that the John Rylands University Library has selected SFX for integration with their e-journals, databases, Talis catalogue, and other resources," noted Julie Booth, Managing Director of Ex Libris (UK) Ltd. "We look forward to collaborating with the John Rylands University Library in further developing end user services at the University of Manchester."
About the University of Manchester and the John Rylands University Library:
The University of Manchester is one of the United Kingdom's largest universities. Formed from the merger of UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester, the new University is currently investing over £300 million in innovation, research and cutting edge technology.
The John Rylands University Library (JRUL) is the third largest university library in the UK with 4 million printed items, 1 million manuscripts and the most extensive range of electronic information resources of any UK HE library. Currently it is providing over 20,000 electronic journals, c. 400,000 electronic books and reference works and a vast range of databases to its users in every discipline researched or taught at the University of Manchester. It has a long-standing reputation for innovation, leadership and experimentation in the electronic information world through the work of the staff at its two predecessor libraries, the John Rylands University Library of Manchester (JRULM) and the Joule Library at UMIST.
Mr David Orman, Head of Public Relations and Publicity, the John Rylands University Library on +44 (0) 161 275 3697 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information please contact Jo Grady, Media Relations Officer, the University of Manchester on +44 (0) 161 275 2018 or email her at email@example.com.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer and provider of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers. The ALEPH integrated library solution has been installed at over 1250 sites in 51 countries. MetaLib, the information portal for library collections, and SFX, the context-sensitive linking server for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment, have been adopted by more than 680 institutions in 34 countries. DigiTool, a solution for constructing digital collections, and the new Verde electronic resource management (ERM) system round out the Ex Libris product suite.
SFX is Ex Libris' award-winning tool for context-sensitive linking, providing libraries with a dynamic "A to Z" title listing service, comprehensive knowledgebase, and citation linker.