Old Brookville, N.Y., August 27, 2003 - Corvallis-Benton Public Library (www.thebestlibrary.net) has replaced its previous federated search engine with a new one from WebFeat. The new WebFeat Prism system enables Corvallis patrons to simultaneously search any or all of its online information sources from a single, intuitive interface.
Corvallis is one of a growing number of The Library Corporation (TLC) clients to implement federated searching through its partnership with WebFeat. This partnership adds the federated searching capabilities of patent-pending WebFeat Prism to TLC's YouSeeMore portal, which lets libraries incorporate all of their information in a series of user-friendly web pages.
The Corvallis WebFeat system, named "Multi-Database Search" by the library, enables patrons to simultaneously search across 14 subscription databases and library catalogs. These databases include 4 library catalogs and 10 article databases. Library patrons can access the system from the "Magazine articles & more" link from the library's home page.
The Corvallis WebFeat system also includes the WebFeat Usage Tracker (WUT), which tracks and instantly reports usage for the library's 14 databases. WUT eliminates the time-consuming requirement to request usage data from dozens of content providers.
"We're pleased to partner with TLC to deliver federated search capability to Corvallils and other clients," says Todd Miller, Founder and CEO of WebFeat. "We share a mission with TLC to provide technology that enables the library web experience to be both transparent and user-friendly for patrons."
Gary Kirk, Vice President of TLC, said the WebFeat system helps TLC resolve a problem that libraries and patrons have faced for years. "We are very happy to enhance TLCs product line with the WebFeat Prism system," said Kirk. "By allowing patrons to conduct one search across multiple databases, the WebFeat solution saves patron time and effort and helps libraries retain and attract patrons. It's a terrific value-added feature that helps us respond to a genuine client need."
TLC is a leading developer of automation solutions for libraries. For almost 30 years, it has continued its tradition of providing an outstanding and unexpected level of service to customers. TLC offers two integrated automation systems: LibrarySolution and CARLSolution. LibrarySolution provides robust functionality and performance to libraries of all types and sizes. Since 1997, over 2,200 library sites worldwide have selected it. CARLSolution is TLCs premier automation system for large libraries and consortia. Some of the busiest libraries utilize CARLSolution, including: Denver Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library, and Phoenix Public Library. Learn more about TLC at www.TLCdelivers.com or email info@TLCdelivers.com.o
WebFeat is the developer of the remarkable, patent-pending WebFeat Prism, used by over 1,000 leading public, academic, and corporate libraries, including more than half of the top 20 U.S. public libraries. Other products include the WebFeat Usage Tracker (WUT) and the WebFeat Authentication Manager (WAM). Originally founded in 1992 as an information technology consultancy, WebFeat has earned industry recognition from leading organizations such as Gartner and Library Journal. Learn more about WebFeat at www.webfeat.org.