Ex Libris Group is pleased to announce that Purdue University Libraries has implemented the MetaLib and SFX solutions to power the campus electronic search and link environment. Purdue is running both products in a fully hosted (application server provider [ASP]) mode to serve its 14 campus libraries.
In selecting the MetaLib gateway and metasearch system and the SFX link server, Purdue University Libraries upgraded its former federated search tool, Discovery: Finder, and its former link resolver, Discovery: Resolver, both from Endeavor Information Systems. (Endeavor Information Systems was merged with Ex Libris Group in December 2006.)
Purdue is the latest addition to an impressive, growing list of institutions that have migrated to the MetaLib or MetaLib/SFX solutions in recent months. These institutions include the University of Connecticut, the University of Oregon, and Kansas State University.
Purdue University expedited the implementation of MetaLib and SFX with the Ex Libris Jump Start program, a fast-track model designed to help customers deploy the Ex Libris metasearch and link server systems rapidly. "With the Jump Start model, we leveraged the product expertise of Ex Libris staff and Purdue's working knowledge of how and what the libraries wanted to accomplish," commented Dan Trajman, president of Ex Libris, Inc. "Collaborating in this way allowed us to deliver the system in an extraordinarily compact time frame."
"We enjoyed working with Ex Libris on this project," said Paul Bracke, Purdue's associate dean for information technology. "Ex Libris offered a superb plan to implement the products in the tight time frame before us, enabling us to deliver these significant enhancements to our campus information architecture in time for the 2007 winter semester."
About Purdue University
Purdue University is a public, doctoral-granting research university and Indiana's land-, sea-, and space-grant university. Founded in 1869, Purdue University's statewide system includes five campuses and numerous teaching and research sites, with a system-wide enrollment of over 69,000 students from 50 states and 130 countries.
The Purdue library system contains more than 2.5 million volumes, offers 110,000 electronic books, and provides access to more than 20,000 current periodicals in electronic or print formats. The library system's 14 service locations are connected electronically with each other and with information resources in the United States and abroad. Purdue houses world-renowned special collections in the fields of engineering, agriculture, history, and literature. Library staff provide expertise on collections, research, and information literacy.
For more information on Purdue University Libraries, see www.lib.purdue.edu.
About Ex Libris Group
Ex Libris Group is a leading worldwide developer and provider of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers, with installations around the globe. Ex Libris' flagship ALEPH® 500 and Voyager® integrated library solutions are in use at over 3,000 sites worldwide. Other products from the Ex Libris suite, deployed at more than 1,300 sites, focus on the digital library and offer state-of-the-art, user-centric solutions for managing electronic resources and digital assets and providing informed access to them.