Ex Libris continues to set the standard for link servers with the release of SFX 2.0. This new version builds on the experience gained from more than two years of live operation and based on feedback from an active and committed community of hundreds of libraries around the world representing academic, corporate and public institutions.
SFX, the original OpenURL link server, is an innovative tool for navigation and discovery that provides a libraryís users with dynamically created context-sensitive links to services that are defined by the librarian on the basis of the institutionís e?collections and policies. Such services include links to full-text articles, the OPAC (to check local holdings), preferred document-delivery suppliers, Web-based resources, local information repositories, and more.
Among many new features, SFX 2.0 offers:
- Specialized tools for localization of linking for consortia managers, supporting a range of consortia types, from fully centralized to fully decentralized.
- An XML Gateway enabling cross-domain communication between different SFX servers or different SFX instances on a single server.
- Full Unicode compliance, providing support for multiple languages and character sets
- Enhanced web tools to further facilitate the initial setup and ongoing maintenance of a link server.
- XML and HTML based options for generating A-Z journal title lists with the optional delivery of comprehensive MARC records.
Indicative of the Ex Libris commitment to standards, the new version of SFX is set to support OpenURL 1.0, once approved by NISO, and Shibboleth, the Internet2/MACE project for cross-domain, attribute-based authentication and authorization.
SFX is offered for institutional hosting or hosting via the Ex Libris-hosted SFX Subscription Service.
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 information portal for library collections, and SFX, the context-sensitive linking solution for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment, have been purchased by more than 350 customers in 24 countries. The DigiTool solution for constructing digital collections as components of an overall digital strategy rounds out the Ex Libris product suite.