Ex Libris Introduces Major Enhancements to SFX A-Z List Capabilities

Jun 01, 2007

Ex Libris Group has announced enhancements to the SFX link resolver A-Z list. Used in libraries to present patrons with a single, browsable, alphabetical listing of electronic journal products, the enhanced SFX A-Z functionality offers improved search and navigation of results.

SFX A-Z list navigation provides more alphabetic links, designed to allow users to “jump” to specific subsections of the list. Increased granularity of these subsections--configured by the library--is designed to enable users to drill down to the exact information they are seeking. Patrons can also navigate backward and forward in the list to search for journal titles via an improved multiple-word phrase search. With the integration of the SFX Citation Linker into the A-Z list, users are able to access known citations directly on the SFX A-Z list page rather than by navigating elsewhere. This release includes improved language options, such as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean support for searching, sorting, and displaying titles. SFX A-Z is also designed to enable libraries to include headers that contain characters in multiple languages simultaneously.

Further enhancements focus on enabling libraries to customize the “flavor” of their SFX A-Z list depending on where it is being used. Among these alternatives are A-Z full-text-only presentation, full text with holdings, and presentation of titles from library-specified providers. These options are designed to enable libraries to match the SFX A-Z list presentation with different library-defined material-delivery requirements. Libraries can also configure direct links to local services and control the “look and feel” of the display. All enhancements in this release are designed for use in multi-library consortium installations.