Capital District Library Council and ID to Build Virtual Union Catalog

March 1, 2010 - West Hartford, CT – The Capital District Library Council (CDLC), a regional multi-type library organization with 68 libraries and library system members, headquartered in Albany, New York, has contracted with Index Data to provide them with a virtual union catalog.

CDLC will be replacing the union catalog component of the URSA platform with components of Index Data’s MasterKey™ information discovery platform to provide its members with a cost-effective, state-of-the-art discovery tool.  The initial service will offer one-stop search access to the holdings of member libraries, incorporating such functionality as faceted searching and a simple click through to access each catalog.  However, looking further, the full potential of Index Data’s platform is potentially available to CDLC.

“We welcomed the opportunity to work with Index Data to develop a powerful and fast yet easy-to-use virtual catalog for our member libraries and their patrons,” said Jean Sheviak, CDLC’s Executive Director. “The Index Data staff were very responsive and moved quickly to help us implement the new CaDiLaC Online 2.0 ”.

“Our goal is to use state-of-the-art technology and open systems to support information discovery,” added Lynn Bailey, Index Data’s CEO.  “We are pleased that CDLC has joined a growing number of library consortia that have selected our services to meet the needs of today’s Internet-savvy users”.

About the Capital District Library Council The Capital District Library Council makes information flow by working with the libraries of the ten-county Capital District region of upstate New York to optimize success through collaboration.  CDLC provides leadership in resource sharing and management and takes a lead role in exploring, promoting, and implementing applications of new technologies that are cost-effective and provide added value for member libraries.  CaDiLaC Online 2.0 searches 25 library catalogs, providing access to more than 425 academic, public, school, hospital, and special libraries plus the New York State Library.  Funding for CaDiLaC Online 2.0 is provided through the New York State Regional Bibliographic Data Base Program.

About Index Data Index Data is a software development and consulting enterprise headquartered in Copenhagen and the United States, with offices in several countries.  They are experts in networked information retrieval and management based on open standards, and have a fifteen-year history of releasing advanced software components as open source.  Their mission is to use their skills and creativity to build bridges between people, technologies and organizations, and to empower information providers to deliver better, more integrated services.  For more information, please visit www.indexdata.com.