June 10, 2007, Keene, New Hampshire – NELLCO announced today the unveiling of a newly redesigned website at http://www.nellco.org. The new site will enhance the provision of information to those interested in NELLCO’s Universal Search Solution (USS) project, funded in part by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). To obtain more information about the USS from the NELLCO homepage, click on the link to IMLS Project.
The USS is an alternative approach to federated search, based on open standards and open source software. The project will result in the creation of a physical master index of material, including participating library catalogs, subscription-based databases and open content, special collections, and other resources that a participating library wishes to make discoverable to its patrons. USS is being developed in collaboration with Index Data, LLC.
The new website will provide information about the project, access to related documents, news, press coverage, partner information, contact information and a blog focused purely on the USS project. RSS feeds are enabled on the site so that those wishing to be kept up-to-date will be able to easily do so.
"We’re really pleased to be able to launch this new website." Said Tracy Thompson, Executive Director of NELLCO. "The interest in this project has been extremely high and this new site will greatly facilitate the flow of information."
In 1983 fifteen New England law libraries established a cooperative network to enhance the research and educational opportunities at law libraries in New England through programs of cooperative collection development and resource sharing. By 2006, the New England Law Library Consortium (NELLCO) has grown to include 25 full members, over 65 affiliate members from 33 states across the United States, and 7 international affiliate members from Canada and the U.K.
NELLCO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation composed of academic (ABA accredited), private non-profit, and government law libraries. The Consortium provides a mechanism for resource sharing and mutual benefit between law libraries.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 15,000 museums. Its mission is to grow and sustain a "Nation of Learners" because life-long learning is essential to a democratic society and individual success. Through its grant making, convenings, research and publications, the Institute empowers museums and libraries nationwide to provide leadership and services to enhance learning in families and communities, sustain cultural heritage, build twenty- first-century skills, and increase civic participation. To learn more about the Institute, please visit: http://www.imls.gov .