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GPO announces enhancements to MetaLib

Hat tip to InfoDocket for noticing that Metalib, the Government Publishing Office’s meta-search engine, has added several resources. These include a new MetaLib QuickSet called “Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)” and 8 new databases including the Department of Energy’s “OpenNet,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Historical Maps and Charts, and the Catalog of the Office of Minority Health Resource Center. Check out the complete Infodocket post by Gary Price for details and more tips.

GPO’s Metalib federated search engine

Sometimes there’s too much happening and things get missed. That’s what happened this time as I totally missed the *October 2010* press release from the GPO about their new federated search engine called Metalib AND the Oct 29 post from the Pratt Library Students, our guest bloggers — though I shouldn’t feel so bad; only 45 libraries have cataloged it according to WorldCat.

Metalib federates the search of 53 seed resources and counting including such databases as the Catalog of Govt Publications, Agricola articles, EPA publications and newsletters, GAO reports, National Technical Information Service (NTIS), USGS library catalog and much much more.

I haven’t had a chance to put Metalib through its paces, but if any of our gentle readers have used it, please leave a comment and let us know what you think.

GPO’s MetaLib Released
Thursday, 14 October 2010

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has released MetaLib, a federated search tool that is a service of the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications. Use MetaLib’s federated searching to retrieve reports, articles, and citations by simultaneously searching across multiple databases. The initial release of MetaLib contains fifty-three Federal Government databases. Over time, the collection will grow based on recommendations from the GPO MetaLib team as well as public suggestions.

Learn more about MetaLib and how it can be used in Federal depository libraries in Accessing Federal Information Using MetaLib’s Federated Search.