Old Brookville, NY, April 9, 2007— The Office of Commonwealth Libraries (PA), together with HSLC/Access Pennsylvania and the POWER Library (Pennsylvania Online World of Electronic Resources), has selected WebFeat as its statewide federated search provider. Access Pennsylvania and the POWER Library facilitate resource sharing among more than 2,900 academic, public and special libraries throughout the Commonwealth. The WebFeat Enterprise Edition solution offered by WebFeat will provide Access Pennsylvania and POWER Library participating libraries, along with all authenticated Pennsylvania residents, a way to search any or all POWER Library Databases, external resources databases, the Access Pennsylvania Database, the Access Pennsylvania Digital Repository, and selected free web resources simultaneously and with a single intuitive interface. In addition, the product integrates WebFeat's SMART Usage Tracker, which will track and report database usage across the network and by individual library.
"I am excited about this new service," said Barbara Cole, Director of Library Development for Pennsylvania. "By providing one easy search interface with WebFeat, we believe Pennsylvanians will more easily find and use the extensive electronic resources available to them through Access Pennsylvania and the POWER Library."
WebFeat is compatible with all Access Pennsylvania and POWER Library resources including the Access Pennsylvania Database (housed on a server at HSLC/Access Pennsylvania) a union catalog that contains approximately 13.5 million titles and over 61 million items. WebFeat will work with HSLC/Access Pennsylvania and with the staffs of Commonwealth Libraries and the POWER Library to develop a custom user-interface for searching all of the electronic resources available to the citizens of the Commonwealth.
With WebFeat Enterprise Edition's ability to set up multiple profiles, Access Pennsylvania may present different views and access privileges to different library types. Profiles may include different database lists, authentication credentials, and a completely different interface look and feel. WebFeat Enterprise Edition also offers the ability to seamlessly augment common network-wide database collections with those from individual member libraries.
"The flexibility and comprehensive management features of WebFeat will allow us to present different views to different groups of customers, which are very important in a multi-type library environment. We will be able to serve everyone based on their primary interests and needs," said Joe Scorza, Executive Director, HSLC/Access PA.
All Access Pennsylvania participating libraries are eligible to purchase substantially discounted WebFeat Express systems if they would like to integrate federated searching with their local resources along with the Access PA/Power Library resources. WebFeat Express systems can be customized for the local library and seamlessly integrated with the local library's website.
Todd Miller, President of WebFeat commented, "We are very excited to welcome Commonwealth Libraries into WebFeat's family of statewide networks and to bring state-of-the-art federated searching to all Pennsylvania residents."
Learn more about Commonwealth Libraries, HSLC/Access Pennsylvania and the POWER library here: http://www.statelibrary.state.pa.us/libraries/site/default.asp
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