Old Brookville, NY, August 24, 2005 — SirsiDynix announced today that following an extensive evaluation process, Northumbria University, located in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, has selected the SirsiDynix Horizon Consolidated Searching and SirsiDynix Horizon Link Resolver software to fulfill its resource and discovery portal requirements. SirsiDynix partners with US-based companies WebFeat and Serials Solutions, respectively, for the supply and implementation of these two solutions.
Prior to publishing its tender document, Northumbria University spent much of 2005 researching the federated search and OpenURL Link Resolver market. Professor Jane Core, director of Library and Learning Services at Northumbria University, said, "We chose the SirsiDynix solution [powered by WebFeat] after a rigorous evaluation procedure. It meets our objective of simplifying access to over 400 databases and 10,000 electronic journals with an intuitive, easy-to-use search interface. As well as improving access for our users, we wanted something that was professional and cost-effective to administer. The impressive management information facilities of the SirsiDynix hosted solution will help us to track usage of our electronic resources to ensure that we are getting value for money from our e-resources budget."
Federated Searching has been the hot topic for libraries for some time and WebFeat provides the only federated search technology capable of searching any library database. With SirsiDynix Horizon Consolidated Searching (powered by WebFeat) library users can search dozens of databases in a fraction of the time normally required, without needing to master numerous different user interfaces. Therefore, use of the software not only saves time for users, but also saves staff time as users need much less training in the use of the single interface.
Todd Miller, President of WebFeat, added: "Northumbria is affirming its reputation as ‘The Best Modern University' with the addition of these advanced knowledge technology tools. We at WebFeat are pleased and honored to have the opportunity to partner with Northumbria University on this exciting project."
Mark Carden, SirsiDynix vice president, said, "This is an important moment for SirsiDynix and its technology partners WebFeat and Serials Solutions. From the success achieved outside of the UK, we have long known that our resource and discovery portal is rated by librarians as one of the most comprehensive, flexible, and feature-rich solutions available. So it is with great pleasure that we welcome the librarians, students, and researchers of Northumbria University as users of our portal."
Learn more about Northumbria University at northumbria.ac.uk
Created in June 2005 through the merger of Dynix Corporation with Sirsi Corporation, SirsiDynix provides the broadest array of information management products and services for libraries and consortia worldwide. SirsiDynix has approximately 4,000 library and consortia clients around the world, serving more than 200 million people through more than 20,000 library outlets in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. More info: www.sirsidynix.com.
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.