Ex Libris Integrates Direct Links to Google Pages in its Products

Mar 18, 2008

Ex Libris Group, a provider of automation solutions for academic libraries, announced the integration of "About this book" pages from Google Book Search service into Ex Libris products. Using a new "viewability" application programming interface (API) supported by Google Book Search, library patrons can now enhance their findings with Google Book Search features such as full text, book previews, cover thumbnails, and a mashup from Google Maps linking pages in a book describing a specific place to its location on the world map. Use of this "viewability" API has been added to the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, SFX context-sensitive link resolver, and the Aleph and Voyager integrated library systems. Libraries running Primo now display a link from an item's detailed view to Google Book Search "About this book" pages when such pages exist. SFX will feature a new Google Book Search target, which will alert users when results from Google Books are available for OpenURL book requests and will link to these results. Links to "About this book" pages will also appear in the full display of a record in Aleph and either the brief or full view in Voyager if there is a match between the results in one of these integrated library systems and Google Book Search.

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