Old Brookville, NY, February 7, 2005 — On January 13, 2005, the University of Oklahoma Libraries became the latest Association of Research Libraries (ARL) institution to launch a WebFeat federated search system. The University is the first academic library to make extensive use of the WebFeat API (Abstract Programming Interface) to customize their system. Library patrons may now search the Library's vast holdings and many research databases simultaneously with a single intuitive interface. Researchers can search over 130 databases through the LORA (Library Online Resource Access) page of the Libraries' website http://libraries.ou.edu/resources/LORA/.
"We were pleased with the level of customization available with WebFeat and appreciate the extra effort put forth by the WebFeat staff to accommodate our needs," noted Matthew Smith, Library Systems Analyst at University of Oklahoma Libraries. "The WebFeat team worked closely with us to make needed modifications, and their API allowed us to fully customize our installation and integrate federated searching seamlessly into our library to provide the best possible experience for our patrons."
The University of Oklahoma Libraries' federated search system is designed to facilitate database searching for novice users while also being a powerful tool for experienced researchers. Pat Weaver-Meyers, Technical Director at University of Oklahoma Libraries added, "We hope that WebFeat will serve as a discovery tool for library users who are unfamiliar with our databases and don't really know how to get started searching among the various subject databases we have available.
Federated searching powered by WebFeat is available at all University of Oklahoma Libraries locations, including all six branches and the Law Library on the Norman campus as well as at the libraries on the Oklahoma City and Tulsa campuses. Additionally, research may be conducted remotely through the University of Oklahoma Libraries' website.
Todd Miller, President of WebFeat commented, "We are very impressed with the University of Oklahoma Libraries' use of the WebFeat API in their system. This demonstrates the University staff's technical savvy and willingness to think outside the box in crafting an information solution for their users."
About the University of Oklahoma Libraries
The University of Oklahoma Libraries is the largest research library in the state of Oklahoma. With over 4 million volumes, it ranks 27th out of 112 research libraries in North America in terms of volumes held. The Libraries maintain over 17,000 linear feet of manuscripts and archives and have over 1.6 million photographs. The Libraries have also been a depository of government documents since 1893. Learn more about the University of Oklahoma Libraries at http://libraries.ou.edu.
WebFeat (US patent #6,807,539) is the developer of the WEBFEAT PRISM, used by over 1,500 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 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.