Ex Libris (USA) announced back in January 2001, its plans for the continued expansion of staff resources within its North American offices. We are pleased to announce today that we are on schedule with our plans, and over the past few months have hired a number of key new personnel within all areas of the company.
Charles Kless joins the Customer Service department as Supervisor of the Technical Support team. Charles has experience in libraries as well as 8 years of UNIX System Administration experience and 5 years as an Oracle DBA. Charles comes to us after three years with VTLS, and most recently after two years at Endeavor.
Junfang Zhang joins the Customer Service department as a Support Analyst. Junfang received her MLS from the Peking University, China and a CAS in Librarianship from the Library School at the University of Illinois. Her library experience ranges from being Team manager of the "Online Cataloging Network" project in Peking University library, to Java programming at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
Leah Bokar has joined our Implementations department as an Implementation Librarian. Leah received her MLS from Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel, and comes to us completely experienced on our products as she is moving directly from our office in Tel Aviv.
Debbie Cheesman is also transferring from one of our subsidiaries, Ex Libris (UK) Ltd. Prior to joining Ex Libris UK, she worked at epixtech in London, and also as a librarian in several academic settings. Debbie joins us as an Implementation Librarian.
Christopher Holly joins the Implementations department as an Implementation Librarian and Trainer. Christopher is a librarian who previously worked at DePaul University. Prior to his positions at DePaul, he worked in a variety of library settings while earning his MLIS at the University of Pittsburgh.
Marc Keeper brings extensive experience to the Implementations department, having worked for the last 12 years at the libraries at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Harvard, including the Law School and the Business School. Marc also has circulation, reference and serials experience using DRA, NOTIS-based and Endeavor systems.
Todd Morris joins Ex Libris (USA) as an Implementation Librarian, and most recently worked for the Chicago Public Library. He is a librarian whose areas of expertise include project management, implementing new technologies, and systems administration.
Albert Oller, a recent graduate of Simmons College in Boston has joined the Information Services Division of Ex Libris to work on SFX, the context-sensitive reference linking solution, and will focus primarily on the ongoing maintenance and further development of the SFX KnowledgeBase and associated services.
Barbara Rutkowski is joining ExLibris as an Implementation Programmer. Prior to joining Ex Libris, she was at the BIR Institute in Chicago.
I am extremely pleased with the level of talent and experience our new staff brings to the company, said Carl Grant, President of Ex Libris (USA). We are truly fortunate to have such a professional and experienced group of new staff which have mostly come to us from within our own industry. We have been able to fast track their training based upon their experience, and it appears that we are well on the way to exceed our planned growth for staff during 2001.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers. Ex Libris has offices around the world, and ALEPH, our integrated library solution, has been installed at over 600 sites in 44 countries. Other Ex Libris software products include MetaLib, an information portal for library collections that provides libraries, institutions, and consortia with a standardized user interface; SFX, a context-sensitive reference linking solution that provides a one-stop reference system for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment; DigiTool, a solution for building digital collections as components of an overall digital strategy.