Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces announced today that it has entered a development partnership with Michigan State University Libraries to allow enhanced access to their subscription resources through Google Scholar. Millennium, Innovative's integrated library management system, will automatically create the institutional holdings data that will inform Google Scholar of the Libraries' resources. When users search Google Scholar, the results set will provide the searcher with a WebBridge link to those resources available through Michigan State University Libraries. "While WebBridge, Innovative's smart linking tool, already offers the ability to link from Google Scholar, the new institutional holdings partnership will allow Google Scholar to appropriately feature the WebBridge link based on the Libraries' actual holdings," says Ted Fons Product Manager at Innovative. "We agree with Google Scholar that this will provide a higher level of succes! s for searchers."
WebBridge allows library patrons to move between electronic search results and appropriate full text or other enhanced content—including the online library catalog. When a patron selects the WebBridge button, the library's coverage database is consulted to uncover the resources that will best fulfill the patron query. The partnership with Michigan State will ensure that Google Scholar can perform a similar function before the WebBridge button is even displayed for their library users. In this way, the button will appear more prominently if there is a resource available which matches one of the items in the Google Scholar database. The first step to make this possible will be the typical designation of Google Scholar as a WebBridge target and origin. The development partnership provides the second step of sharing the data in a form that can be accepted and crawled by Google.
"This development partnership will make an aspect of our holdings far more visible to searchers inside our community and beyond it," says Nancy Fleck, Assistant Director for Technical Services at Michigan State. "It is good for our libraries to connect to Google Scholar because it will be used by a great number of people around the world. In addition, our students and faculty will have yet another way to discover what their library has to offer." Fleck continues: "Because Google Scholar currently has more links to citations than full-text, Michigan State's involvement will allow its community to find more full text than they could otherwise when searching Google Scholar."
Michigan State Libraries have a long and fruitful relationship with Innovative. One of Innovative's first customers, the library ran the company's legacy system and went live with Millennium in 1998. "Our working relationship with Innovative goes back to the design of their first acquisitions module," said Clifford Haka, MSU Library Director. "We are, therefore, pleased and excited to continue this relationship to develop further product enhancements."
About Michigan State University Libraries
Michigan State University (MSU) is located three miles east of Lansing, Michigan's Capitol. MSU is a member of the Association of American Universities, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, and the Big Ten athletic conference. The University has more than 200 programs of study offered by fourteen degree-granting colleges and an affiliated law college. An Association of Research Libraries member, the libraries have a collection of 4.5 million volumes across nine branches.
With over 25 years of partnership with the library community, Innovative Interfaces (www.iii.com) is the leader in providing Web-powered, Java-based automated library systems. Its flagship product offering, Millennium, is an acknowledged market leader installed in thousands of libraries in over 40 countries. The company is headquartered in Emeryville, California, with offices in Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Korea, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.