Old Brookville, NY, April 5, 2005 - After an extensive review of leading federated search solutions, the Illinois Library Computer Systems Organization (ILCSO) Board of Directors has selected WebFeat (as bid by partner Dynix) as its federated search provider.
The ILCSO Digital Library Products Committee (DLPC) voted unanimously to approve WebFeat at the culmination of a nearly two-year process, involving a formal RFP, detailed onsite product demonstrations, and interviews with each of the vendors' references. While the RFP review was taking place, the ILCSO library directors emphasized the importance of federated searching during a priority-setting exercise at its May 14, 2004 Directors Assembly. Out of 38 items in the exercise, the federated search component ranked first.
"In its report detailing recommendations to the ILCSO Board of Directors, the DLPC stated: "The [WebFeat] demonstration showed that this is a product with a user interface that is both excellent in usability and highly customizable. Moving back and forth between the WebFeat and native interfaces is very straightforward and intuitive. The references, including two consortia and one ILCSO member library, all were very favorable in their comments, and in particular they spoke very highly of WebFeat's responsiveness and willingness to adapt their service to customer needs."
ILCSO members include 65 leading Illinois academic libraries, including the University of Illinois campuses at Urbana-Champaign and Chicago.
Todd Miller, President of WebFeat commented: "We are indeed honored to have been selected as ILCSO's federated search engine from such a distinguished field. We look forward to the deployment of a research system of the first order."
View the full report of the DLPC recommendations to the ILCSO Board of Directors.
The Illinois Library Computer Systems Organization (ILCSO) is a consortium of sixty-five Illinois libraries that share an online union catalog, ILLINET Online. The mission of ILCSO is to enhance and expand access to and effectively utilize information resources through collaborative partnerships among ILCSO members and with the Illinois library community. ILCSO membership includes the libraries of each state-supported university, thirty-six private colleges and universities, thirteen community colleges, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, the Newberry Library, and the Illinois State Library. Learn more about ILCSO at office.ilcso.illinois.edu/about.html.
WebFeat (US patent #6,807,539) is the developer of the WEBFEAT PRISM 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 SMARTT COUNTER-compliant usage tracker, and MyWebFeatT 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.