Ex Libris today announced that the Library of Congress (LC) has selected SFX®, the award-winning context-sensitive linking solution from Ex Libris for use by Library of Congress staff and researchers.
The Library of Congress, in pursuing its goal to make its collections more widely available electronically, is undertaking a number of initiatives to improve linkages between metadata and the resources and services that are available over the Web. One such effort is the implementation of an OpenURL resolver, which is expected to improve staff and patron access to locally-developed and commercial online resources. OpenURL has the potential to enable users to seamlessly navigate between independently managed resources by generating links from citations for resources to full digital content and other services, such as tables of contents and abstracts, the traditional library catalog, search engines, or document delivery applications. The Library's implementation of OpenURL technology is a step forward in meeting users' expectations for the digital environment. Following a competitive Federal procurement process, the Library selected SFX as best meeting its requirements.
“Ex Libris continues to create and deliver innovative solutions in a fast-changing environment,” commented Azriel Morag, Chairman of the Board of Ex Libris, Ltd. “We are very pleased that the Library of Congress, as a progressive leader in our industry, recognizes the exceptional linking solution offered by SFX. The Library of Congress was quick to adopt the OpenURL standard on which SFX is based and has already implemented this in its own Handbook of Latin American Studies database. With SFX, Library of Congress staff and researchers will now benefit from seamless linking between a wide range of resources.”
About the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution. It also serves as the research arm of Congress, the copyright agency of the United States, and one of the world's largest providers of bibliographic data and products. Established in 1800 "for the purchase of such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress," the Library's mission is to make its resources available and useful to Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations. The Library's constituencies include publishing, governmental, and research organizations, as well as the public at large. As the world's largest library, it houses nearly 128 million items in collections that are universal in scope, language, and format. The Library makes its vast collections available through its 21 reading rooms on Capitol Hill as well as through its popular Web site at www.loc.gov.
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 1250 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 550 customers in 31 countries. The DigiTool solution for constructing digital collections as components of an overall digital strategy rounds out the Ex Libris product suite.