Ex Libris (USA) announced today, a new product named MetaLib. This new product addresses two major goals: that of providing users with a new, more powerful way to perform information discovery and navigation and, helping libraries and information centers that are actively embracing digital library initiatives to make all of their content readily available to those users through a standardized interface.
MetaLib while providing a standardized interface to many resources offers the user a way to create a customized portal for accessing hybrid information systems. This occurs by MetaLib uniting library collections, local and remote, traditional and electronic and then enabling users to create a personalized, regularly updated and interactive gateway to those resources. In addition, MetaLib is supported by SFX technology, the Ex Libris context sensitive reference-linking product, which works in conjunction with MetaLib to facilitate discovery of information resources. MetaLib also features ResourceStore, a unique tool that provides a coherent, organized and searchable list of databases. This tool allows MetaLib to deal with multiple format databases and protocols, supports licensing and copyright controls and ensures consistency of search results. MetaLib enables unified broadcast searching of data sources including MARC, XML, EAD, Dublin Core and TEI among others. It also provides for merge and de-duplication of result sets.
For users, MetaLib offers the capability to define a profile, establish an E-basket, utilize SDI (Selective Dissemination of Information) based on their profile and maintain a historical file if so desired.
MetaLib is currently in Beta test at a number of customer sites and will be released in fall of 2000.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer of high performance applications for libraries and information centers. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution is now in over 530 installations in 41 countries. The newly formed Information Services Division is addressing the broader aspects of collection management within libraries with its initial focus being the further development and deployment of the SFX context-sensitive reference linking solution acquired by Ex Libris from Ghent University in Belgium. Ex Libris is a multi-national company with offices located around the world.