DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, July 21, 2003: Endeavor Information Systems announced today LinkFinderPlus version 3.5, the third release of Endeavor's OpenURL-enabled link resolver, this month entered beta testing at academic library customers. Providing increased user access to the full-text of e-content, LinkFinderPlus has been selected by 128 libraries on four continents.
LinkFinderPlus has been on a rapid development track since the first commercial release in June 2002. This latest release provides library staff a faster implementation through bulk loading of full-text targets with a defined XML DTD. Users are able to access more information through the ever-growing Knowledge Base of resources available in LinkFinderPlus, demonstrated in this release with linking to full-text articles in the popular OCLC FirstSearch® databases. In LinkFinderPlus 3.5, an "invoke" feature instantly presents users with pre-resolved links to full-text of journal articles, skipping the "menu" of options and reducing the number of clicks needed to obtain the full-text.
Libraries employing both ENCompass 3.5 and LinkFinderPlus 3.5 will enjoy an additional development that will enable LinkFinderPlus full-text links to automatically appear inside the ENCompass interface. Leveraging the XML technology exclusively built into both LinkFinderPlus and ENCompass, this development enables full-text links to display directly in the ENCompass object-level displays instead of the LinkFinderPlus interface, saving users time in accessing research information.
"LinkFinderPlus 3.5 helps libraries to provide a faster and more efficient research experience for end users. Endeavor works to increase the number of available resources, to best use XML and OpenURL technologies, and to build accessible software solutions to ensure library users experience instant access to information through our digital systems," said Harry Samuels, Endeavor LinkFinderPlus Product Manager. "With quick implementation, rapid development and complete functionality, LinkFinderPlus 3.5 is a great tool for today's academic and research libraries that need to provide fast, efficient access to full-text of valuable e-content."
LinkFinderPlus bridges the gap between citations and the online full-text of articles, providing maximum usage the library's electronic journal subscriptions through increased user accessibility. Making the research process more efficient, LinkFinderPlus uses the standard OpenURL format to provide the user with links to the full-text of articles from a citation on a publisher or database website. In addition, the libraries can provide users with additional related links, such as checking for print holdings, based on the metadata from the citation. The library can maintain a database that programmatically creates the links to their licensed full-text and related resources.
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September of 1994. A wholly owned subsidiary of Elsevier, Endeavor offers a complete line of library solutions for traditional and digital collections. Visit Endeavor at www.endinfosys.com for more information about Voyager, ENCompass, or LinkFinderPlus.