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Ex Libris and The Berkeley Electronic Press Announce the Integration of MetaLib and ResearchNow Full Access

Ex Libris and The Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) are pleased to announce the integration of MetaLib® and ResearchNow Full Access, bepress' new research database. MetaLib, Ex Libris' library portal and metasearch tool, can now search the bepress XML gateway and retrieve ResearchNow Full Access results. The ResearchNow Full Access database combines access to the complete roster of 26 peer-reviewed bepress journals, plus the thousands of working paper series, postprints, preprints and other content from institutional repositories hosted by bepress that have opted for inclusion. Metasearch engines such as MetaLib are a class of services that allow end users to find content in multiple services with a single search. The quick implementation of the bepress XML gateway was possible due to the fact that it was developed according to NISO MXG (metasearch XML Gateway) protocol.

"Bepress is pleased to have ResearchNow Full Access available via the XML gateway to MetaLib," Greg Tananbaum, Berkeley Electronic Press president, said, "We see the implementation of this standard as a definite win for everyone involved in scholarly communications. Faculty and students will now be able, via a single search, to conveniently retrieve high quality scholarship published in bepress journals and held in institutional repositories. Authors can look forward to increased readership thanks to MetaLib exposure and its inclusion along with other databases selected by the end user. The library community will be able to better leverage their software investment against multiple full text resources."

Chris Roberts, Product Manager for MetaLib KnowledgeBase at Ex Libris said, "The use of the NISO MXG protocol by bepress made for quick and simple communications between the products of our two companies and, technically, the integration went very smoothly. Ex Libris applauds the efforts that have gone into the development of the NISO MXG protocol and looks forward to many more such straightforward integrations."

About Ex Libris:

Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer and provider of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, has been installed at over 1250 sites in 52 countries. MetaLib, the information portal for library collections, and SFX®, the content-sensitive linking solution for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment, have collectively been purchased by more than 900 institutions in 36 countries. DigiTool, a solution for the construction of digital collections, and Verde, the new electronic resource management (ERM) system, round out the Ex Libris product suite.

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About bepress

Founded by professors in 1999, bepress exists to serve academia. We deliver scholarly communications and publishing services for academic institutions, empowering their communities to showcase and share their works for maximum impact. Through our services bepress seeks to link communities of scholars, listen to their needs, and provide solutions to support emerging academic missions and goals.

Bepress is the provider of Digital Commons, the leading hosted institutional repository software platform. Digital Commons is a suite of tools and services that enables institutions to manage, display, and publish scholarship to the web in a beautiful, highly visible showcase. Digital Commons offers the features of a traditional IR as well as professional-grade publishing software, management tools, and individual faculty and researcher pages to promote and disseminate scholarship and serve academia.

With Digital Commons, universities can collect, preserve, and make visible all of their intellectual output, including pre-prints, working papers, journal articles, dissertations, master's theses, conference proceedings, presentations, creative works, and a wide variety of other content types.