Ex Libris is pleased to announce that the FinELib consortium has selected MetaLib, the Ex Libris library portal solution, to create a national portal service for the whole country.
With MetaLib, FinELib users can efficiently access a large number of heterogeneous data resources and search them simultaneously. Personalized services, such as one’s own resource list, e?shelf, and search history, are available to authenticated users. Full integration with SFX, the Ex Libris original OpenURL-compliant link server, permits onward navigation from records retrieved by MetaLib; librarians configure SFX services on the basis of the institution’s e?collections and policies. Such services, which are dynamically created, can include links to the full text of an article, the OPAC of the user’s institution, preferred document-delivery suppliers, Web-based resources, local information repositories, and a range of other services. SFX services for FinELib are also available directly from the native interfaces used to access content.
The National Library of Finland is beginning the project by implementing MetaLib at Finland’s 20 universities. The National Library is providing the university library network with basic portal configurations, which the libraries will be able to extend by themselves. The portal will later be expanded to include other members of FinELib.
In the initial phase, MetaLib will be used to access materials licensed to FinELib, including some 120 databases; library OPACs; and national bibliographic databases such as LINDA--the Finnish university libraries’ union catalog--and the ARTO database of Finnish articles.
Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen, Head of National Electronic Library Services at Helsinki University Library, the National Library of Finland, commented, “MetaLib will provide our member libraries with the means to effectively manage access to resources while offering users the accessibility they have come to expect from Web services. We selected MetaLib with SFX from Ex Libris after a thorough market review; and we look forward to working with Ex Libris as we implement these products and integrate them into our existing environment.”
“MetaLib’s consortial infrastructure enables us to offer the FinELib consortium a solution that answers the special needs of a national portal project,” said Jenny Walker, Director of Sales and Marketing of the Ex Libris Information Services Division. “Providing a centralized system while enabling institutions to have their own branding and autonomy regarding their e-collections is at the core of the MetaLib design.”
FinELib, the National Electronic Library, acquires Finnish and international resources to support teaching, learning, and research in the country and aims to facilitate the use of electronic resources. FinELib negotiates user-rights agreements for electronic resources on a centralized basis for its member organizations. As of 2002, FinELib licenses covered about 120 databases and approximately 8,200 scientific journals. Helsinki University Library, the National Library of Finland, is responsible for FinELib operations and development.
The FinELib consortium consists of 102 organizations (as of 2002), which include a number of Finnish research institutes and all Finnish universities, polytechnics, and regional public libraries. For more information about the FinELib consortium, please see www.lib.helsinki.fi/finelib/english
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers. A multinational company, Ex Libris has offices around the world. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, has been installed at over 750 sites in 50 countries. MetaLib, the Ex Libris information portal for library collections, provides libraries, institutions, and consortia with a standardized user interface. Other Ex Libris products include SFX, a context-sensitive linking solution for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment. MetaLib/SFX is now installed in more than 22 countries in over 200 sites including state-wide consortia. DigiTool, another Ex Libris solution is for constructing digital collections as components of an overall digital strategy.