Old Brookville, NY, June 24, 2005 — LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network has selected WebFeat, the original federated search engine, to provide its academic libraries with a federated search solution. With more than 39 member libraries, LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network combines the resources of Louisiana's public and private academic libraries, along with a centralized support staff, to produce a dynamic library consortium. WebFeat will enable each member library implementing a WebFeat system to search any or all of their vast electronic resources with a single, intuitive interface.
"LOUIS constantly seeks to provide better services for our consortium members,” commented Ralph Boe, Director of LOUIS. “WebFeat was yet another venue for our institutions to offer quicker and easier searching of numerous resources to their users. We were happy with the flexibility of the WebFeat staff to meet the unique needs of our consortial environment, and provide customization and authentication for our sites."
LOUIS selected WebFeat after an extensive review of federated search vendors which included on-site demonstrations conducted on March 21st at Louisiana State University. The Research and Development Committee of LALINC, Louisiana Academic Library Information Network Consortium, spent more than 6 months investing federated search products. After judging the competing federated search products head-to-head, the LALINC Research and Development Committee recommended WebFeat PRISM as the top federated search engine. “WebFeat seemed to offer the best combination of service, support, and features for our consortium,” noted Mike DiCarlo, LALINC Research and Development Committee member and Associate Director, Prescott Memorial Library, Louisiana Tech University.
WebFeat is fully customizing and uniquely branding the federated search systems for each of the LOUIS academic libraries. Federated search capabilities will be seamlessly embedded within each library's web pages. Each library will share access to more than 50 common databases as well as access to the online catalogs of every member library. The federated search systems will also provide access to databases that are unique to each school. These proprietary databases will only be accessible to authorized users with authorization handled via WebFeat's patented authentication and session management technology.
"We are really looking forward to introducing our patrons to the new federated search functionality provided by WebFeat. Our patrons will really appreciate the opportunity to search multiple databases simultaneously, and to discover resources in databases they might not ordinarily use,” said Carla Clark, Head of Access Services and Systems - Noel Memorial Library, Louisiana State University in Shreveport. “This seamless searching capability will surely be a boon to our users who simply want to find what they need as quickly and effortlessly as possible. I am thrilled that the LOUIS consortium is adopting this cutting-edge technology, as it will help us to be relevant and competitive in our ‘get-it-now' age."
"We at WebFeat are honored to have been selected to serve the academic libraries in the LOUIS network,” said Todd Miller, President of WebFeat, “LOUIS joins a prestigious and rapidly-growing family of major networks using WebFeat to bring state-of-the-art search technology to their libraries and users."
Learn more about LOUIS at http://appl006.lsu.edu/ocsweb/louishome.nsf/index and read the complete LALINC recommendation report here.
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.