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tech Talk, v1n2

[I wrote this column just after returning from the ACRL national conference in Denver. While there, I prowled the exhibits, looking for the newest products and technologies.]


  1. First place in the Cool Tools category goes to Ex Libris for two innovative products. Picture this: Erica heads to the library late on a Sunday evening looking for some articles for a paper. She has no clue which database to choose, but fortunately her library has MetaLib, a meta-search engine for remote and local databases. She types her keywords in the box and gets a list of citations from all of the relevant databases her library has access to. From here, she can link to the full-text articles, find out if her library has the item, perform related searches, or even search the web using SFX's context-sensitive reference linking.
  2. Second place is awarded to Paratext for their forthcoming Reference Universe, a web database that highlights appropriate print reference tools in your library's collection. Expected release date is June 2001, right before ALA.



Published in NewBreed Librarian, volume 1, number 2, April 2001 - archived at

(web links have been updated where applicable; expired web links are shown in bold)

© 2001, colleen bell about / words