July 14, 2005
Ex Libris Australia is pleased to announce that after a rigorous evaluation process, the University of Western Australia Library has selected MetaLib® and SFX® . MetaLib will provide the Library with a metasearch platform which integrates the discovery of information resources – within an easy-to-use interface. SFX will serve as a feature-rich and flexible OpenURL resolver.
“Metasearching and linking are key components in our developing digital library services and so it was important for us to get it right. Having thoroughly surveyed the marketplace we’re confident that SFX and MetaLib provide the best solution for us, and we’re looking forward to the benefits that it will provide to our users” stated John Arfield the University Librarian.’
“We are very pleased that the University of Western Australia has joined other leading Australian academic institutions in selecting MetaLib and SFX for their portal and linking requirements” says Claudette Pope, Managing Director of Ex Libris Australia, “We look forward to participating in the University’s Digital Library Initiative which includes the portal project and involves integration with other enterprise solutions.”
About the University of Western Australia:
The University of Western Australia, the States first university, was established in 1911 and opened with 184 students in three faculties: Arts, Engineering and Science. Today the University enrols over 15,000 students, in nine faculties. UWA is recognised internationally as an excellent research-intensive university and a leading intellectual and creative resource to the communities it serves. The University fosters an international focus for all its activities and standards as an integral part of its overriding commitment to excellence and high quality.
The Library has embraced the opportunities provided by the rapid expansion of electronic information, and has been a leader in applying information technologies to its services. At the same time it has, as a major research library, important special collections, with special emphasis on Australian literature and the commercial and maritime history of the Indian Ocean region. It has a leading role in developing national research information resources and systems. The University Librarys electronic collection comprises approximately 12,000 full text titles and over 80 subscribed electronic indexing databases. The Library maintains over 16,000 individual URLs in a variety of systems.
For additional information on the library of the University of Western Australia, please see http://www.library.uwa.edu.au/
About the Group of Eight:
Membership of the group consists of the vice-chancellors (presidents) of: The University of Adelaide, The Australian National University, The University of Melbourne, Monash University, The University of New South Wales, The University of Queensland, The University of Sydney and The University of Western Australia. The group had been operating as an informal network of vice-chancellors since 1994. It was formally incorporated in September 1999 to ensure that Australia continues to have universities of a world-class standard.
For additional information on the Group of Eight, please see http://www.go8.edu.au/
About Ex Libris:
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer of high-performance applications for libraries, information centres, and researchers. A multinational company, Ex Libris has offices around the world. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, has been installed at over 1250 sites in 51 countries. MetaLib®, the information portal for library collections, and SFX®, the context-sensitive linking solution for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment, have been purchased by more than 830 customers in 36 countries. The DigiTool solution for constructing digital collections and Verde, the new electronic resource management (ERM) system, round out the Ex Libris product suite.