Old Brookville, NY, July 5, 2006— The first demonstration of a customized federated search service in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), an alliance of 11 Former Soviet Republics, has been launched by WebFeat, developer of the WEBFEAT and WebFeat Express Search Prisms, and the Papazian Library at the American University of Armenia (AUA). Library users can now simultaneously search the Library's catalog and selected popular databases from a quick search box.
"WebFeat has already become an indispensable topic-oriented tool for AUA students," says Lena Hovivyan, 2 nd year student in the AUA Political Science and International Relations graduate program. "It provides us with a unique opportunity to search the library's entire collection alongside many other articles and catalogs in a very organized manner. Moreover, the search engine is so simple to use that both the beginners and the experienced users can easily describe the information they seek and get access to the high-ranking files in a few seconds. This has made our search much more extensive, quick, and pleasant."
Todd Miller, President of WebFeat, stated, "WebFeat is pleased to team with the American University of Armenia (AUA) and SEFLIN, the Southeast Florida Library Information Network, to demonstrate federated search services for the AUA community. WebFeat is used by over 5,000 leading libraries and we are delighted to contribute our services to this demonstration project at the Papazian Library."
The American University of Armenia (AUA) is located in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, considered to be one of the oldest cities in the world. Founded in 1991, AUA began instruction on the same day Armenia declared its independence from the Soviet Union. Primarily a graduate university, AUA provides teaching, research and public service, serving Armenia and the region as a positive model in the transition to a market economy and democratic style of government. AUA's Papazian Library currently holds 30,000 volumes and serves over 10,000 library patrons. What began as a single library facility has now evolved to include the Legal Research Center and the Krikor Soghikian Public Health Reference Room. The Library's WebFeat search service is located at http://www.aua.am/aua/library/e-reference.htm.
"We are grateful to Todd Miller, Founder and CEO WebFeat, and to SEFLIN, the Southeast Florida Library Information Network, for partnering with the American University of Armenia (AUA) in providing this valuable service," stated Satenik Avakian, AUA Library Director. "WebFeat enables patrons to search the online database resources and the library catalog simultaneously with a single search interface," said Avakian.
"Through the generous support of Todd Miller and WebFeat, federated search services are being demonstrated for the first time in Armenia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)," said Tom Sloan, SEFLIN Executive Director. "We are pleased to have brought these partners together and congratulate WebFeat and the American University of Armenia in demonstrating innovative technology to search digital content," stated Sloan.
Learn more about the American University of Armenia at http://www.aua.am
SEFLIN, the Southeast Florida Library Information Network, is a membership organization of libraries dedicated to working cooperatively to advance library services. SEFLIN members, located in the Southeast Florida counties of Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach, represent more than 300 academic, public, and school libraries serving a culturally rich and diverse population of more than 5 million Floridians. More information about SEFLIN is available at www.seflin.org.
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, 9 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 http://www.webfeat.org.