SFX—the first OpenURL link resolver—is still the most popular worldwide. While linking to electronic content is always the focus of SFX, the breadth of SFX functionality has been significantly enhanced over the years to meet the evolving requirements of our continually growing customer base—which today numbers over 1800 sites located in 50 countries around the world.
Today, SFX is a true intermediary between the various platforms and systems that the library employs to guide end users to the best services available. Examples of such services are links to electronic full text or to a service providing a printed copy, links to tables of contents and abstracts, and options for downloading citations. The openness of SFX and its ease of customization, together with its extensive functionality and modules for usage collection, statistics, and e-resource collection analysis, make the solution truly unique in the marketplace.
The knowledge base, which lies at the heart of SFX and serves as the basis for many of its functions, is naturally a key focus of our work. In the last 12 months, the knowledge base has grown by 40% to include thousands of full-text targets, and 50% more e-book targets. The range of resources includes global and regional targets as well as those designed in partnership with consortia. The addition of regional targets continues to be central to our strategy. In the first half of 2009, we added a significant number of French, Spanish, German, and Asian language targets.
In recent months, important targets were added from the following publishers:
- Karger: eBooks Collection 2007-2009, covering subjects ranging from anatomy to zoology
- Karger: Journal Archive Collection, which consists of five medical packages. The collection includes all Karger journal issues starting with each title's original publication and continuing to 1997. Karger expects to complete the collection by the end of 2009.
- Knovel: Sustainable Energy and Development collection of 58 books from various publishers, covering all aspects of green technology
- Gale®: 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers, the largest single archive of 17th and 18th century news media available from the British Library. The original full-text newspapers and pamphlets from the United Kingdom were collected by the Reverend Charles Burney.
- vLex: Legal books and journals from 132 countries in 13 languages
Among the resources that we are adding in the near future are ebrary Public Library Complete collection; ebrary Religion, Philosophy & Classics; ebrary Sociology & Anthropology; and ABC-CLIO’s History Reference Online.
The SFX team is hard at work designing and developing our next major product release—SFX version 4.0—which focuses on providing greater efficiency for library staff, and enhancing the e-book user experience. Stay tuned for more information and updates on this exciting new product version.
Christine Stohn, SFX product manager