London, UK — May 5, 2008. Ex Libris Group today announced that just six short months after going live with the company’s SFX OpenURL link resolver, Oxford University Library Services (OULS) has chosen the MetaLib gateway and metasearch solution, also from Ex Libris. The combined functionality of these two products will serve as a critical part of the infrastructure for the University’s e-resource strategy.
MetaLib provides a consolidated search environment for accessing remote information resources, helping users find the information they need quickly and effectively. MetaLib streamlines the process of obtaining materials by presenting users with content from multiple information providers in one clear, familiar user interface.
"After conducting a very thorough assessment and evaluation process, we feel that MetaLib is the metasearch solution to truly meet our current and evolving library needs," comments Alice Keller, head of Collection Management at the OULS. "We were extremely impressed with the open architecture of MetaLib, which will allow us to easily integrate this solution with other university systems and develop new functionalities required for our specific needs. The fact that Ex Libris could offer us a fully hosted solution made our choice even easier," summarises Alice Keller.
Julie Booth, managing director of Ex Libris (UK) said, "We are very pleased to extend the breadth of our relationship with Oxford University Library Services." The MetaLib X-Server enables libraries to extend MetaLib functionality and metasearch services to users wherever they are and in the context in which they need them. Using the MetaLib X-Server, libraries can deliver customised solutions within a well documented and fully supported framework.
"We are sure that, in addition to benefiting from the rich functionality offered by MetaLib, the creative staff at OULS will maximise the use of MetaLib X-Server to provide their users with access to these services from within other university applications," adds Julie Booth.
About Oxford University Library Services
Oxford University includes over 100 libraries, making it the largest university library system in the United Kingdom. The combined collections of the OULS number more than 11 million printed items as well as vast quantities of materials in many other formats.
For additional information on the OULS, see http://www.ouls.ox.ac.uk/
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides the efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will enable them to transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 70 countries on six continents.
Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with our customers, Ex Libris enables academic, national, and research libraries to maximise productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.