February 1, 2005
Ex Libris, the providers of SFX®, the worlds leading link server, are pleased to announce a new, exciting subscription service—SFX eXpress. SFX eXpress brings with it the many benefits of the award-winning SFX linking technology while providing a fast-track solution for institutions that prefer not to host a server. Further, new models of subscription service meet the needs of a wide range of libraries, including small college libraries, public libraries, and special libraries.
The SFX eXpress setup wizard allows libraries, in just a few simple steps, to offer their users SFX linking, now enjoyed by millions of users around the world.
With the SFX eXpress setup wizard, library staff can select predefined linking targets quickly and easily. Such targets may include:
- Selective full-text repositories—for example, Wiley journals and Elsevier journals
Aggregated databases with full-text articles—for example, Academic Search™ Elite and ABI/INFORM®
- Free journals—for example, D-Lib Magazine and the Directory of Open Access Journals collection.
- The library OPAC and other library OPACs or union catalogs
- The librarys document-delivery service(s)
- Web search engines
The SFX eXpress wizard guides library staff through a simple process to activate the librarys licensed—and free—resources and services and to select from a range of predefined options to enhance the linking experience.
Automated tools enable staff to load local subscription information received electronically from vendors, and simple Web-based tools allow staff to incorporate changes in subscriptions and generate A-Z lists of electronic journals.
SFX eXpress is the latest offering from the acknowledged leaders in linking solutions, commented Jenny Walker, vice president of marketing and business development for the Ex Libris Information Services Division. SFX eXpress extends the power of SFX linking to those markets beyond the high-end academic and research environments in which SFX has been so widely adopted. SFX eXpress presents an ideal opportunity for libraries that to date have not been able to benefit from SFX to embark on a fast-track path to an interlinked world.
SFX, the original link server from Ex Libris, is the first to address the appropriate copy problem in scholarly communication. First developed by Herbert Van de Sompel and his team at Ghent University in Belgium and subsequently purchased by Ex Libris, SFX set the standard for link servers and led to the development of the OpenURL standard.
For more information on SFX, see www.exlibrisgroup.com/sfx.htm
About Ex Libris:
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer and provider of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers. The ALEPH integrated library solution from Ex Libris has been installed at over 1250 sites in 51 countries. MetaLib®, the information portal for library collections, and SFX, the context-sensitive linking server for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment, have been adopted by nearly 700 institutions in 35 countries. DigiTool, a solution for constructing digital collections, and the new Verde electronic resource management (ERM) system round out the Ex Libris product suite.