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Press Release: Bowker [April 25, 2008]

University of Pittsburgh Chooses AquaBrowser Library

Denver, CO – April 25, 2008 – AquaBrowser, the world leader in visual, independent discovery platforms for libraries, has been selected by the University of Pittsburgh’s University Library System.

The University of Pittsburgh joins the growing community of 26 academic AquaBrowser libraries in the U.S, which includes the University of Chicago, Oklahoma State University and another recent customer, Skidmore College in New York. AquaBrowser Library is the only search and discovery system exclusively dedicated to providing visual, faceted search solutions for libraries using any Integrated Library System, including open source ones.

Dr. Rush Miller, Hillman University Librarian and Director of ULS, explained their selection of AquaBrowser: "The ULS looked at several other integrated search systems before choosing AquaBrowser. Three things set AquaBrowser apart for us: first, its unparalleled ability to act as a true discovery tool, exposing users via the word cloud and facets to items they didn’t even know they wanted or knew we had. Second, AquaBrowser’s ability to elegantly bring together local and remote, print and electronic, and to present them all in an interface that is simple and usable yet extremely powerful. Finally, we are extremely impressed with AquaBrowser’s extensible and flexible platform and are looking at integrating many resources and services in AquaBrowser. Our goal is to create a system that not only meets but exceeds users’ expectations of what a modern web search environment should be, and we are confident that AquaBrowser is a ready partner in helping us achieve this goal."

With AquaBrowser Library, faculty, students, staff, administrators, and researchers will be able to simultaneously search the library’s 5.3 million volumes, 57,000 journals, 170,000 eBooks, the University’s web site, the ULS digital repository and thousands of subscription databases. AquaBrowser Library will also integrate closely with the ULS Voyager integrated library system for patron account management functionality.

"We are delighted to add the University of Pittsburg to the growing list of academic institutions that are choosing AquaBrowser," said Bastiaan Zwaan, CEO of Medialab Solutions. "AquaBrowser will maximize the accessibility and find-ability of the University’s content, making great use of all that the ULS offers through one search interface. It’s wonderful to see another prestigious educational organization discover the value in our product."

About AquaBrowser

AquaBrowser is the world leader in ILS vendor-neutral, visual faceted search that connects to any number and type of data sources. The creators at Medialab Solutions focus all efforts toward creating successful discovery solutions so libraries are viewed as superior sources of information and knowledge. AquaBrowser can be found in libraries around the world, including over 150 library systems in the USA, as well as libraries in the UK, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Italy and 100% of all libraries in the Netherlands. Today, nearly 2,000 library locations are serving over 60 million citizens worldwide with the visual AquaBrowser search and discovery experience.

About Bowker

Bowker is the world's leading source for bibliographic information. The company provides searching, analytical, promotional, and ordering services to publishers, booksellers, libraries, and patrons through national and international brands, including: Books In Print, Global Books In Print, Syndetic Solutions, Pubnet, PubEasy, PubTrack and more. In the U.S., Australia and Puerto Rico, Bowker is also the exclusive ISBN and SAN Agency and a DOI registration agency for the publishing industry. Bowker is headquartered in New Providence, New Jersey, with operations in East Grinstead, England, and Port Melbourne, Australia.


Summary: AquaBrowser has been selected by the University of Pittsburgh’s University Library System.
Publication Year:2008
Type of Material:Press Release
LanguageEnglish
Date Issued:April 25, 2008
Publisher:Bowker
Company:
Company: Bowker
Products: AquaBrowser
Libraries: University of Pittsburgh
Subject: System announcements -- selection
Permalink: https://librarytechnology.org/pr/13233

LTG Bibliography Record number: 13233. Created: 2008-04-25 06:18:06; Last Modified: 2012-12-29 13:06:47.