Seattle, WA – January 13, 2005. Serials Solutions, the leading provider of e-journal access and management services, announced today that it will unveil Central Search, a full-featured federated search engine, at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Boston, Jan. 15-21. Attending librarians will have an opportunity to view and test the new application.
Central Search extends Serials Solutions' suite of offerings of e-serials access and management tools and services. Central Search allows patrons and librarians to search disparate digital resources from a single, easy-to-use interface, accelerating patrons' introduction and access to the richness of their libraries' collections.
In development for over a year, Central Search boasts many essential features, including de-duplication of results, flexible results sorting, dynamic status indicators, a customizable user interface, and much more.
Through a strategic partnership with WebFeat, Central Search software is able to connect to databases using WebFeat translator technology and technology developed by Serials Solutions. This delivers industry-leading coverage, including virtually all of a library's full-text databases, abstract and index databases, and local catalogs.
Minimizing Librarian Workloads
Central Search is fully integrated with Serials Solutions' entire portfolio of services. For librarians, this delivers the ability to manage more resources in less time. Central Search leverages Serials Solutions' industry-leading knowledgebase, eliminating duplicate data management work. Central Search employs hardware and software hosted on Serials Solutions' servers, eliminating complex IT tasks; and it provides comprehensive usage statistics, delivering critical information for complex acquisition decisions.
For patrons, Central Search's seamless integration with other access tools, including Serials Solutions' E-Journal A.M.S., Full MARC Records service, and Article Linker, delivers comprehensive access to a library's resources. Working in concert, these tools and services help patrons quickly and easily use all the resources available at their library.
“We have always been responsive to our client's needs and many of our client libraries have been asking us to provide this functionality. After more than a year of development, we're excited to release this new service to librarians,” said Steve McCracken, co-founder and vice president of Serials Solutions. “Based on feedback from beta testers and other early reviewers, we believe Central Search will more than meet the needs of libraries for a quality federated search engine.”
JR Jenkins, Central Search product manager, added “We believe that the combination of important features, breadth of coverage, and ease of use and maintenance, deliver a win-win for librarians and their patrons.”
WebFeat (U.S. patent #6,807,539) is the developer of the WEBFEAT PRISM™ federated search engine, used by over 1,500 leading public, academic, government and Global 1000 libraries and information centers—including over half of the top 20 largest U.S. public libraries and one out of every 10 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) institutions.
WebFeat's latest release, WebFeat 3, offers a suite of next-generation federated search tools: PRISM, the SMART COUNTER-compliant usage tracker, and MyWebFeat personalized federated search system. Originally founded in 1992 as an information technology consultancy, WebFeat has earned industry recognition from leading organizations such as Library Journal and the Gartner Group. Learn more about WebFeat at www.webfeat.org.
About Serials Solutions
Serials Solutions, part of ProQuest Information and Learning, provides complete e-journal access services to over 1200 libraries worldwide. Founded by a librarian for librarians, Serials Solutions helps librarians and patrons find and use electronic content through its E-Journal Access & Management Suite, Full MARC Records service for e-journals, Article Linker – Serials Solutions' comprehensive OpenURL link resolver. For more information, please visit www.serialssolutions.com or call 1-866 SERIALS.
ProQuest Information and Learning
ProQuest Information and Learning is a world leader in collecting, organizing, and publishing information worldwide for researchers, faculty, and students in libraries and schools. Known widely for its strength in business and economics, general reference, humanities, social sciences, and STM content, the company develops premium databases comprising periodicals, newspapers, dissertations, out-of-print books, and other scholarly information from more than 8,500 publishers worldwide. Users access the information through the ProQuest Web-based online information system, Chadwyck- Heale electronic and microform resources, UMI microform and print reference products, eLibrary and SIRS educational resources, and XanEd online faculty and student resources. For more information about ProQuest Information and Learning, visit www.il.proquest.com.
ProQuest Information and Learning is a business unit of ProQuest Company, which was recently named one of the top 100 fastest growing technology companies in the United States by Business 2.0.
ProQuest Company (NYSE: PQE) is based in Ann Arbor Mich., and is a leading publisher of information solutions for the education, automotive and power equipment markets. We provide products and services to our customers through two business segments: Information and Learning and Business Solutions. Through our Information and Learning segment, which primarily serves the education market, we collect, organize and publish content from a wide range of sources including newspapers, periodicals and books. Our Business Solutions segment is primarily engaged in the delivery in electronic form of comprehensive parts and service information to the automotive and power equipment markets.