New Providence, N.J. – January 12, 2005 – R.R. Bowker, a leading provider of bibliographic information, today announced the introduction of Ulrich's Resource Linker, a new tool that integrates all of a library's periodicals through a single service and allows library patrons to easily connect to those holdings by following a few simple links.
The new product was developed in partnership with Openly Informatics, Inc., a software company that has led the industry in developing "link resolver" technology built on the NISO OpenURL Standard. Ulrich's Resource Linker is a fully hosted solution, which means that the library's staff is not burdened with the set-up, maintenance and updating of a link server, nor are they tasked with keeping track of all the changes in the various collections they hold in their catalogs.
Bowker is making the product available with the most flexible pricing model of any link resolver currently in the marketplace, and is also offering significant discounts for library consortia as well as any existing customers of ulrichsweb.com or the Ulrich's Serials Analysis System, two other Bowker serials products for libraries. This approach to pricing makes it affordable for libraries of all sizes to match their collections to a single service that best fits their budget and user communities' needs.
"Ulrich's Resource Linker brings a trusted, authoritative source of journal and article access to libraries of all shapes and sizes by providing a library-specific A-to-Z list, an easy-to-use journal and article search engine, subject browsing and reliable content updating," said Boe Horton, senior vice president and general manager of the library division for New Providence, N.J.-based R.R. Bowker. "Bowker's objective and unbiased position in the marketplace gives librarians confidence that the products they buy from Bowker are vendor-neutral and offer linking to the library's resources, regardless of publisher, aggregator, subscription agent or ILS system. Moreover, our vendor-neutral stance ensures that a library does not have to purchase any other Bowker products in order to subscribe to Ulrich's Resource Linker."
According to Horton, the new product is driven by a comprehensive knowledgebase of database sources and targets that includes more than a thousand providers of e-journals, aggregated full-text databases, abstracting and indexing databases, and other research resources that are regularly updated by Bowker.
"We designed Ulrich's Resource Linker to operate with an interface that is easy to use and also easy to customize for each individual library, including the ability to display their preferred colors and logos so that the system has the same look and feel as their other patron resources," he said. "The title lists and local holdings are customizable as well, empowering librarians with the ability to adapt the system based on their own coverage dates, the order of displayed links and the extended services to which they want to provide links."
"We're really excited to be working with Bowker," said Eric Hellman, president of Openly Informatics, Inc. "The combination of Bowker's decades of experience in serials metadata and management paired with Openly's leading edge technology in Ulrich's Resource Linker results in a compelling solution to the needs of today's on-the-web libraries."
Ulrich's Resource Linker will be unveiled to the library profession at the 2005 Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association which will be held January 14-17, 2005 in Boston. The system will be available for personalized demonstrations on the exhibit floor of the meeting at the Hynes Convention Center (Booth #218). For more information about the new product, please go to www.ResourceLinker.com.
About Openly Informatics, Inc.
Openly Informatics, Inc., is the world's leading provider of linking software and services for OEM distribution. Openly Informatics' software and data can be found inside solutions developed and marketed by the world's leading integrated library system and information aggregator vendors. More information on Openly Informatics, Inc. is available at www.openly.com.
Founded in 1872, R.R. Bowker is North America's leading provider of bibliographic information, and is also the official agency for assigning ISBNs in the United States. The company's flagship product, Books In Printâ, is available on the Internet at www.booksinprint.com, on CD-ROM and in hardbound print format. Ulrich's Periodicals Directory is available in CD-ROM and in hardbound print format and is accessible on the Internet at www.ulrichsweb.com. For more information, please visit www.bowkersupport.com or call1-888-BOWKER2 (1-888-269-5372).