Fretwell-Downing Informatics will be demonstrating their latest delivery, VDX: a new document delivery solution that is designed to support libraries in the digital library age.
VDX provides a solution for corporate, university and national libraries seeking to meet the challenges of managing large scale, networked document requesting and delivery services. The system has already been selected by The National Library of Australia and The National Library of New Zealand, in addition to a consortium comprising all university libraries in Australia. VDX is viewed as a strategic solution that will enable all these organisations to implement their vision of the 'hybrid' library concept.
Robin Murray, Technical Director at Fretwell-Downing Informatics, summarises the VDX concept, "With its roots in leading edge EU-funded research, VDX was designed to take ILL/document delivery services in the next Millennium. Using the power of the Web, it integrates Z39.50 searching and requesting for end users whilst providing staff with comprehensive ILL/request management tools that are ISO ILL compliant".
A range of delivery methods are supported including electronic document delivery, a facility that will be further enhanced by the Ariel workstation option for VDX. Another key feature is the ability to auto-suggest where requests may be satisfied from, which is particularly useful for journal requests.
VDX utilises open technology and industry standards so offering the potential for a high level of inter-operability with commercially available library management systems. Discussions are taking place with a number of library system suppliers who are interested in providing their clients with a leading edge ILL solution, using the VDX software.