Emeryville, CA—The company announced today that Oregon State University will use Innovative's WebBridge to provide linkage from Google Scholar to electronic items and resources in its collection. "Even before the advent of Google Scholar, our library saw the potential Google had to connect our community to their library," says Michael Boock, Head of Technical Services at Oregon State. "We're pleased that we now have the opportunity to connect with Google Scholar. Students and faculty are already making wide use of it and this is an opportunity to make our local holdings more visible."
Oregon State provides access to nearly 18,000 unique e-journal titles across 150 information packages. Using the WebBridge smart-linking tool, Oregon State library users already have the ability to link from most of the library's index and abstract databases to library holdings. In addition, WebBridge provides search-specific suggestions of related resources to patrons when searching the online catalog.
The new Google Scholar integration means that citations presented to users of the search engine will include direct links to the library's resources. Innovative designed WebBridge so that it creates XML data that can be received by the search engine company. The same coverage database that informs WebBridge will also inform Google Scholar and because WebBridge will assess the coverage database every 24-hours, the Innovative system will provide users of Google Scholar with the most up-to-date information available.
"We're pleased to see Google recognize the value of link resolvers," says Senior Product Manager Ted Fons. "The development partnership with Oregon State represents the successful combination of WebBridge and the advanced search technology of Google."
About Oregon State University
The mission of the Oregon State University Libraries is to engage with its community and the people of Oregon in their pursuit of knowledge, thereby advancing the role of Oregon State as a nationally recognized land grant university. We do this by contributing to the development, management, and preservation of knowledge; providing excellent services, tools, and resources for learning and research; teaching our user community how to locate and evaluate information; and supporting life-long learning. Oregon State Libraries serves its community from three campuses and through participation in the Orbis Cascade Alliance consortium, which provides resource-sharing access to 22 million books across 27 libraries.
For over 25 years, Innovative Interfaces has dedicated its energies to meeting the needs of libraries and the challenges of library automation. Core to this mission are trusted products including the Millennium integrated library management system, INN-Reach next-generation resource sharing, the Symposia digital repository, and Electronic Resource Management. Today, thousands of libraries of all types in over 40 countries rely on Innovative's products, services, and support. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world.