MuseGlobal, Inc. announced today that The New York Public Library is implementing its flagship Muse products, MuseSearch and MuseBridge, throughout the 83-branch library system. MuseSearch manages multi-protocol broadcast searching across an unlimited number and type of information sources at one time and offers a rich post-processing environment allowing users to work with and re-use search results. MuseBridge enables connectivity and communication among disparate systems under a single interface, such as transparent integration among library, portal and transaction, e-commerce and delivery systems and bridges between and among legacy and new generation systems.
"The New York Public Library databases are extremely heavily used and the addition of the Muse product to enable broadcast searching of all our information sources from either home or within the library, is a significant enhancement to our services for the public", commented Susan Harrison, Associate Director for Technical and Computer Services.
MuseGlobal had been in discussions with NYPL since early 2001, and had produced a number of prototype systems for the library to evaluate. After September 11, and the resulting significant budget reduction for NYPL, MuseGlobal Inc., decided to offer a two-year subscription to NYPL at no charge. Stated Kate Noerr, CEO of MuseGlobal Inc. : "We've always been strong supporters of libraries, especially public libraries. Since we already had a close working relationship with the branches, and understood the library, we thought this would make a good contribution to their systems and services. We were delighted that NYPL accepted our offer, and has also given Muse a membership in the Corporate Partners Program at the Corporate Lion Level." Noerr further commented "Sue Harrison and her staff, as well as the reference staff, have worked extremely thoroughly and effectively with us in the planning of Muse's integration within the library's automated systems, and these efforts will ensure a successful implementation of Muse for NYPL."
About New York Public Library The Branch Libraries
The New York Public Library The Branch Libraries serves the populations of Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, with 83 branches. It offers a wide range of services to the community and is a focal point for the citizens of these areas. NYPL The Branches had an annual circulation of 13.5 million in 2000, making it one of the world's largest circulating libraries.