PROVO, UT— epixtech, inc., the library automation company, and WebFeat, a company that helps its clients search databases, have joined forces to make searching for information much easier for library users throughout the world by integrating WebFeat's database search capabilities and epixtech's library automation systems. epixtech's products include integrated library systems Dynix and Horizon Sunrise, both of which will be able to use the technology WebFeat has to offer. epixtech's Chief Technology Officer, Julian Critchfield, describes epixtech's use of WebFeat. “It will provide a service we're calling “Single Search” to access third-party databases. The integration of the WebFeat search capabilities with epixtech's automation systems will allow a library patron to access their library and locate the information in several different data sources—articles, books, the internet, and others, all in a single search. There is a great deal of intelligence built into the system, which allows broadcast searching over many different databases including internet-wide searches, local library data sources, and PAC searching.”
WebFeat founder and CEO Todd Miller describes what WebFeat can do for epixtech's library's patrons. “WebFeat isn't a search engine. Instead we call it a ‘knowledge prism' because it searches all databases simultaneously with one interface. What this means to library patrons is a lot more information at their fingertips much more quickly. Putting the world's largest library automation vendor together with a service such as WebFeat makes complete sense. Libraries provide people with information; we provide a way to access more information more quickly. The concept is just what libraries and their patrons have been waiting for.”
Lana Porter, President and CEO of epixtech, further explains the union. “WebFeat has developed cross database search capabilities that will blend perfectly with the functionalities of our Horizon Sunrise and Dynix systems. We will begin offering Single Search to our libraries later this spring. Many of our customers have been asking for the capability to search across different types of databases, and we are delighted to be able to offer this service to our customers. It expands the information available to library users geometrically, and provides a service they will only be able to have as patrons of a library.”
epixtech is the leading provider of automation technologies, solutions and services for more than 7,600 libraries worldwide. epixtech's award-winning library automation systems, ConnectLib solutions for patron self-services, desktop management and interlibrary loans and its new Web-based solutions and services empower libraries and their patrons. epixtech was formerly Ameritech Library Services, a subsidiary of Ameritech, and became a private corporation in December 1999. epixtech's library automation solutions meet the needs of academic, research, public, corporate, consortia and K-12 school libraries. Headquartered in Utah, epixtech has offices in Evanston, Illinois; Waterloo, Ontario; as well as in Australia, France, Ireland, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Taiwan. epixtech, inc. is located at 400 West 5050 North, Provo, Utah 84605; Telephone: 800.288.8020; fax 801.223.5202; and www.epixtech.com.
WebFeat is a leading developer of information technology and knowledge management solutions for libraries and corporations. Through the integration and enrichment of existing information resources, the WebFeat system represents a major advance in knowledge technology. WebFeat's developers have been recognized by The Gartner Group, Information Week, and IBM. WebFeat is located at 865 United Nations Plaza, No. 15E, New York, New York 10017; Telephone: 888.757.9119; Fax: 212.829.9538; and www.webfeat.org.