Old Brookville, NY, June 22, 2005 — The New York State Library and WebFeat, the original federated search engine, have implemented a federated search pilot project to improve access to the Library's vast electronic resources, including the NOVEL databases. NOVEL, the New York Online Virtual Electronic Library, is New York's statewide virtual electronic library. It enables libraries across New York State to give their communities online access to over 6,000 information resources—including the full text of hundreds of journals, newspapers and other references. The New York State Library, the largest state library in the nation, holds a collection of 20 million items and provides leadership and support to 74 library systems and some 7,000 public, academic, school and special libraries throughout the state. WebFeat enables New York library patrons to simultaneously search across any or all of the libraries' electronic databases with a single, intuitive interface.
"WebFeat has been tremendously supportive and helpful in providing the unique customization we needed to implement NOVEL - New York's statewide virtual library. WebFeat makes it possible for New Yorkers to locate all available resources in the NOVEL databases with a single search.” noted Liza Duncan, Principal Librarian, Technical Services and Systems, New York State Library.
New York State Library's customized WebFeat system is unique in that it is a dual-layer system providing 2 different user interfaces—one for the New York State Library catalog and databases and one for the NOVEL databases. Users can access the databases with a valid New York State Library card or a New York State Driver License number. Access to certain resources is restricted to only those authorized to use them depending on the type of ID the user provides. WebFeat's patented database authentication and session management technology transparently manages all forms of database authentication so the user is only required to login once to access the databases that NYSL and NOVEL provide – no additional authentication is required to perform multiple searches or to view native database full records.
"We were especially impressed that WebFeat had our customized system up and running in about 30 days,” added Duncan. “Despite the short implementation time frame, WebFeat met or exceeded all of our needs. And, the ASP business model enabled New York State Library to implement this pilot program with virtually no start up cost to the Library."
Todd Miller, President of WebFeat commented, "We are very pleased to be working with the New York State Library and NOVEL database access project to bring state-of-the-art search technology to the people of New York. As the largest state library in the nation, NYSL is committed to providing a tremendous wealth of resources to its diverse patrons."
About the New York State Library
The New York State Library is the largest state library in the nation and the only state library to qualify for membership in the Association of Research Libraries. Since its establishment in 1818 the New York State Library has been a repository for the official publications of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, commissions, public authorities, and other agencies of the State government. The Research Library maintains a collection of 20 million items. The Talking Book and Braille Library component of the State Library assists patrons with visual and physical disabilities in 55 upstate counties. While the Division of Library Development supports and provides leadership to 74 library systems and some 7,000 public, academic, school and special libraries throughout the state. Learn more about the New York State Library at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/index.html.
WebFeat (US patent #6,807,539) is the developer of the WEBFEAT PRISM™, used by over 2,500 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.