Old Brookville, NY, January 18, 2005 — Phoenix Public Library has launched a WebFeat federated search solution which enables patrons to simultaneously search the Library's more than 80 online databases, including the Library catalog, using a single intuitive interface. Remarkably, the Library's fully customized WebFeat search solution took just 45 days to implement from initial design to system launch. Prior to the launch of the Library's custom WebFeat system, dubbed "Article Searcher," patrons could only search Library databases one at a time. "Article Searcher" powered by WebFeat streamlines access to a wide variety of research resources that the Library offers—including thousands of full-text articles from popular newspapers and journals. In addition to advanced search capabilities, patrons can now easily search for articles from anywhere on the Library website using a "Quick Search" box embedded in the navigational menu of each of the Library's web pages.
Phoenix Public Library's "Article Searcher," powered by WebFeat, is available free of charge at the Burton Barr Central Library and all 13 branch libraries located throughout the city. "Article Searcher" may also be accessed remotely through the library's website (http://www.phxlib.org) by persons with a valid Phoenix Public Library card.
Toni Garvey, City Librarian, Phoenix Public Library commented, "With the implementation of WebFeat, Library patrons and staff can launch one search request and WebFeat will simultaneously search all of the Library's subscription databases. Patrons no longer have to figure out which databases may meet their needs, as WebFeat's intuitive interface guides them to the most relevant resources for their research topics. WebFeat allows our patrons to get the most out of the wealth of resources we offer them—regardless of whether the patron is an experienced researcher or a novice."
WebFeat designed and implemented the Library's "Article Searcher" interface in 45 days. Despite the quick implementation time-frame, the system includes many features customized to library specifications. From the Library's "Websites and Databases" page patrons can choose to search any single database or combination of databases from an A-Z list (including a number of Spanish language resources that the Library offers). Or, patrons who are not certain which individual databases might be the most productive for their research may select from a variety of subject categories that are pre-populated by Library staff with the most relevant databases for that topic. The "Article Searcher" interface is seamlessly integrated within the Library's website and perfectly coordinates with the website's look and feel. And, as mentioned, a Quick Search box embedded in the website's navigational menu enables patrons to search databases from any page of the Library's website.
"WebFeat is pleased to have teamed with Phoenix Public Library to bring such a high-level of federated search integration and customization to the Library," commented Todd Miller, President of WebFeat. "Patrons will certainly benefit from the streamlined access to the Library's rich resources."
About Phoenix Public Library
The Phoenix Public Library is a department of the City of Phoenix, the nation's 5th largest city. The Library system consists of 13 branch libraries and the Burton Barr Central Library with 2 new branches scheduled to open in 2007. The Library's holdings number over 700,000 titles, and 2,100,000 physical items. Approximately 1 million borrowers are currently registered. The Library also has approximately 800 Internet-enabled personal computers. The library catalog and other electronic resources can be accessed through the Library's website. Learn more about the Phoenix Public Library at http://www.phxlib.org.
This Phoenix Public Library federated search solution project was supported with funds granted by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records agency under the Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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 and one out of every 8 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.