NC LIVE Launches WebFeat Federated Search Solution

Jun 15, 2007


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NC LIVE has launched its WebFeat federated search solution to power statewide access to its electronic resources. NC LIVE has been designed to offer the citizens of North Carolina online access to electronic resources including complete articles from over 16,000 newspapers, journals, magazines, and encyclopedias, indexing for over 25,000 periodical titles, and access to over 25,000 online print and audio books. WebFeat is designed to enable NC LIVE users to simultaneously search more than 50 databases from a single, intuitive interface customized to NC LIVE specifications. The WebFeat system is available free of charge and can be accessed within an affiliated library or remotely. Access is available to all library patrons, students, and educators from NC LIVE’s four communities of interest, including more than 75 public libraries, 58 community colleges, the state's university system, and 35 members of the North Carolina Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

WebFeat has been intended to enable NC LIVE users to include their library catalog in the federated search when the user authenticates through their local library. The WebFeat solution for NC LIVE integrates WebFeat’s SMART Usage Tracker, so NC LIVE staff can track and report database usage across the network and by individual library. NC LIVE staff members will also have access to the WebFeat Enterprise Administration Manager for management of their WebFeat system. WebFeat provides advanced search capabilities designed to enable users to search by subject categories pre-populated with relevant databases selected by the NC LIVE staff. WebFeat users can also select any combination of subject categories or individual resources, including local library catalogs, to simultaneously search. NC LIVE member libraries will have the option of implementing discounted WebFeat systems designed to enable users to search their local library’s database collections along with NC LIVE resources. Local systems may be customized and branded to match the local library’s webpages.

(www.nclive.org/about.phtml; www.webfeat.org)