Implementing the SFX Link Server at the University of Iowa
Published in Information Technology and Libraries, 22:3 (2003) pp. 117-119. Copyright © 2003 by the American Library Association. Used by permission. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/lita/ital/italinformation.cfm
In January 2002, the University of Iowa Libraries introduced its link server—linking related content from one information provider to another—using Ex Libris SFX software. Three basic services appeared on day 1 of the link server’s implementation: (1) citation reference linking to full-text electronic journal articles; (2) linking to holdings in the local catalog; and (3) persistent linking to an electronic reference service. The system is now integrated with more than seventy-five licensed databases and includes links to more than 16,000 full-text journal subscriptions. New developments beyond citation reference linking include links to Journal Citation Reports, Ulrichsweb, and interlibrary loan. This article describes the planning and initial implementation process of the SFX server.