Old Brookville, NY, June 21 , 2007— Today The New York Public Library is launching a custom-designed federated search solution powered by WebFeat. The WebFeat system enables NYPL patrons to simultaneously search nearly 400 licensed electronic resources, the NYPL website, and LEO and CATNYP—the two New York Public Library online catalogs. WebFeat also enables federated searching of the NYPL Digital Gallery—a repository of over 550,000 images from the Library's research collections and The New York Public Library's Picture Collection Online—a collection of 30,000 digitized public domain images from books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards, most created prior to 1923. WebFeat may be accessed from within any of NYPL's four research libraries or any of the 87 branch libraries. In addition, users with a valid New York Public Library card may access WebFeat remotely from any internet connected computer by visiting the library's website http://www.nypl.org.
"The Library's new federated search tool will provide our users with greatly enhanced research capability," said David Ferriero, the Andrew W. Mellon Director of The New York Public Libraries. "Now library users will have a simple way to quickly zero in on the information they need from hundreds of sources."
NYPL's WebFeat system features a unique multi-library profiling capability that displays appropriate resource menus depending on library, branch, and user type. The system includes five unique NYPL branch profiles, as well as profiles for NYPL's research libraries. These libraries include: the Science, Industry and Business Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Humanities and Social Sciences Library, and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
The NYPL system includes WebFeat QuickSearch search boxes, which are seamlessly embedded in various NYPL web pages and provide familiar single search box options for accessing resources, while basic, advanced and subject category interfaces provide alternate options for researchers of all different skill levels. WebFeat is also compatible with many of the Library's foreign language sources and enables patrons to search a whole category of Spanish-only resources.
Todd Miller, President of WebFeat, stated, "We at WebFeat are proud to partner with NYPL to provide a state-of-the-art search system that connects patrons with one of the world's most impressive digital collections."
To view a short tutorial about NYPL's WebFeat system, click here: http://www.nypl.org/databases/images/webfeat.exe
About The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library was created in 1895 with the consolidation of the private libraries of John Jacob Astor and James Lenox with the Samuel Jones Tilden Trust. The Library provides free and open access to its physical and electronic collections and information, as well as to its services. It comprises four research centers – the Humanities and Social Sciences Library; The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; and the Science, Industry and Business Library – and 87 Branch Libraries in Manhattan, Staten Island, and the Bronx. Research and circulating collections combined total more than 50 million items, including materials for the visually impaired. In addition, each year the Library presents thousands of exhibitions and public programs, which include classes in technology, literacy, and English as a second language. The Library serves some 15 million patrons who come through its doors annually and another 21 million users internationally, who access collections and services through the NYPL website, http://www.nypl.org.
WebFeat (U.S. patent #6,807,539) is the developer of the WebFeat and WebFeat Express Search Solutions, used by over 8,000 leading public, academic, government and Global 1000 libraries and information centers—including 7 of the 10 largest U.S. public libraries, 17 statewide library systems, and 2 out of every 10 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) institutions.
WebFeat offers next-generation federated search and e-resource management tools to meet the needs of any library. Products include: the WebFeat Express federated search solution, WebFeat Enterprise Edition for multi-library networks, WebFeat Custom API service and SMART, WebFeat's usage tracker. WebFeat Menu Manager and WebFeat Proxy provide tools for access and management of e-resource collections. WebFeat provides multi-language support. 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.