Old Brookville, NY, June 13, 2007— NC LIVE has launched its WebFeat federated search solution to power statewide access to its electronic resources. NC LIVE offers the citizens of North Carolina online access to a diverse collection of electronic resources including complete articles from over 16,000 newspapers, journals, magazines, and encyclopedias, indexing for over 25,000 periodical titles, and access to over 25,000 online print and audio books. The addition of WebFeat enables NC LIVE users to now simultaneously search more than 50 databases from a single, intuitive interface customized to NC LIVE specifications. The WebFeat system is available free of charge and may be accessed from within an affiliated library or remotely. Access is available to all library patrons, students, and educators from NC LIVE's four communities of interest, including more than 75 public libraries, 58 community colleges, the state's university system, and 35 members of the North Carolina Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
"The nature of NC LIVE's service made integrating any third party federated search product a challenge. However, the dedication from WebFeat to work with us and customize their product for our web site has exceeded our expectations," commented Leslie Sierra, Systems Librarian, NC LIVE. "Our new search interface will offer an improved EZ Search… and for the first time, users will have an advanced search option where they can customize their search through personal database selection."
In order to implement the custom-configured WebFeat system, WebFeat had to solve numerous authentication challenges to enable patron access through 200 affiliated libraries. WebFeat now enables NC LIVE users to include their library catalog in the federated search when the user authenticates through their local library. In addition, the WebFeat solution for NC LIVE integrates WebFeat's SMART Usage Tracker, so NC LIVE staff will be able to track and report database usage across the network and by individual library. NC LIVE staff members will also have access to the WebFeat Enterprise Administration Manager for easy management of their WebFeat system.
WebFeat has replaced NC LIVE's previous "EZ Search" quick search tool and now also provides advanced search capabilities that enable users to search by subject categories pre-populated with relevant databases selected by the NC LIVE staff. Users can also select any combination of subject categories or individual resources, including local library catalogs, to simultaneously search. The new "EZ Search" functionality enables users to search a core group consisting of 12 of NC LIVE's most popular databases. Users can sort and shuffle results for all searches on the fly with a variety of sort options to quickly hone in on relevant research. WebFeat also provides one-click access to full text articles and PDFs for many resources.
"NC LIVE's purpose is to deliver high quality digital content and services," said Tim Rogers, Executive Director, NC LIVE. "Our partnership with WebFeat will enable our users to move beyond simply ‘searching' to actively discovering the growing world of meaningful content that we make available to them every day. It's not just about adding more stuff to the proverbial shopping cart; it's about making the stuff in there easier to see and to use."
NC LIVE member libraries now also have the option of implementing discounted WebFeat systems enabling users to simultaneously search their local library's database collections along with the NC LIVE resources. Local systems may be customized and branded to match the local library's web pages. The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County is just one of several North Carolina libraries with customized, local WebFeat implementations.
Todd Miller, President of WebFeat commented, "We are very excited to be working with NC LIVE to bring state-of-the-art federated searching to all North Carolina residents."
To learn more about NC LIVE go to http://www.nclive.org/about.phtml.
WebFeat (U.S. patent #6,807,539) is the developer of the WebFeat and WebFeat Express Search Solutions, used by over 8,000 leading public, academic, government and Global 1000 libraries and information centers—including 7 of the 10 largest U.S. public libraries, 17 statewide library systems, and 2 out of every 10 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) institutions.
WebFeat offers next-generation federated search and e-resource management tools to meet the needs of any library. Products include: the WebFeat Express federated search solution, WebFeat Enterprise Edition for multi-library networks, WebFeat Custom API service and SMART, WebFeat's usage tracker. WebFeat Menu Manager and WebFeat Proxy provide tools for access and management of e-resource collections. WebFeat provides multi-language support. 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 http://www .webfeat.org.