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MetaLib Update

The University Library's Office for Information Systems (OIS) continues to pursue its directive to launch a new set of e-resource search and management tools based on the MetaLib software developed by the Ex Libris Company—which also developed the Aleph system.

Based on considerable analysis and consultation with other research libraries which have implemented MetaLib's complex federated search tools, OIS plans to delay implementation until it can evaluate the next release of the software—version 3.12—which is expected early in the next calendar year.

According to Tracey Robinson, head of OIS, the next release will offer several considerable advantages to Harvard's diverse community of users. "In addition to greatly improving delivery for Macintosh and Netscape users, Version 3.12 will allow us better flexibility in customizing the MetaLib tools for the Harvard environment."

The MetaLib launch had been planned for late January 2005. The new launch date will be based on the OIS analysis of Version 3.12. "The point," said Robinson, "is not simply to launch MetaLib, but to offer the Harvard community the best research portal and most up-to-date federated search tools that we can."

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