Fast Search & Transfer, a provider of enterprise search and alerting technologies, and the University of Bielefeld agreed to collaborate in further promoting the development and implementation of search technology for the benefit of the online academic information landscape. The collaboration will include the deployment of FAST Data Search at Bielefeld University Library and a partnership with FAST to further educate academic libraries worldwide on the benefits of online information access.
Bielefeld University Library is promoting and running projects to explore and develop tools and systems that improve access to the increasing number of electronic resources. One major project driven by Bielefeld University Library is the development of the ‘Digital Library North Rhine-Westphalia’ , which offers integrated access to electronic resources recorded in local and remote online library catalogues, as well as to licensed electronic resources such as electronic journals and databases and to document delivery services.
“FAST is the industry leader in innovative search and information retrieval technology, and we anticipate many exiting developments in the digital library sector as a result of this partnership,” said Norbert Lossau, director, Bielefeld University Library. “FAST’s scalable enterprise search technology offers digital libraries the ideal solution for providing researchers easy navigation and quick access to information with the highest relevancy, regardless of the data form or format.”
With over 8,500 electronic journals available in full text versions, the Bielefeld University Library provides its users with search for catalogues, multimedia textbooks, subject portals and a library catalogue with both electronic and printed documents recorded.