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Ex Libris

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1350 E Touhy Avenue Suite 200 E
Des Plaines, Illinois 60018
United States
Toll free: 800-762-6300
Phone: 847-296-2200
Fax: 847-296-5636
Web site: http://www.exlibrisgroup.com/
Email: info@exlibris-usa.com


Board of Directors

  • Matti Shem Tov -- President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Yair Amsterdam -- Chief Operating Officer

Executives

  • Matti Shem Tov -- President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Oded Scharfstein -- Chief Financial Officer
  • Shlomo Sanders -- Chief Technology Officer
  • Sagit Halpern -- Chief Financial Officer, Ex Libris North America
  • Oren Beit-Arie -- Chief Strategy Officer
  • Bar Veinstein -- Corporate VP Resource Management Solutions
  • Anat Kuper -- Corporate Vice President, Global Support
  • Koby Rosenthal -- Corporate Vice President, General Manager for Europe
  • Mark Triest -- President Ex Libris North America
  • Ziv BenZvi -- Vice President for Asia Pacific
  • Uri Livnat -- Vice President, Cloud Services

Company Ownership

Ex Libris is owned by Golden Gate Capital, a private equity firm based in San Francisco, CA.


Library automation systems

Ex Libris offers the following Integrated Library Systems:

  • Aleph 500 (1196 libraries, 1671 facilities in lib-web-cats)
    Public libraries: 437
    Academic libraries: 541
    School libraries: 24
    127 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Voyager (840 libraries, 1195 facilities in lib-web-cats)
    Public libraries: 2
    Academic libraries: 609
    School libraries: 3
    251 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 2866 library facilities included in lib-web-cats use an ILS provided by Ex Libris.

Ex Libris offers an OpenURL Link Resolver:

  • SFX used in 635 libraries, 826 facilities in lib-web-cats)

Corporate Chronology

Oct 16, 2012   Golden Gate Capital acquires Ex Libris from Leeds Equity Partners.
Jul 2, 2012   Boston College becomes the first library to put Alma in production.
Feb 8, 2010   Ex Libris acquires Fujitsu Services A/S library division.
Jul 6, 2009   Ex Libris announces development initiative for Unified Resource Management -- later branded as Alma.
Aug 5, 2008   Leeds Equity Partners acquires Ex Libris Group.
Nov 21, 2006   Francisco Partners acquires Endeavor Information Systems from Elsevier.
Jun 26, 2006   Francisco Partners acquires Ex Libris for $62 million.
Mar 2006   Ex Libris announces Primo for the discovery and delivery of library resources.
Aug 2005   Azriel Morag retires from Ex Libris.
Jun 21, 2004   Ex Libris announces Verde electronic resource management system.
May 11, 2003   Matti Shem Tov appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Ex Libris.
Jan 28, 2002   Ehud Arad steps down as President of Ex Libris.
Jul 8, 2000   Ex Libris introduces MetaLib federated search application.
Apr 7, 2000   Endeavor Information Systems acquired by Elsevier.
Feb 2000   Ex Libris acquires rights to SFX from University of Gent.
Feb 1999   Endeavor employees gain full ownership of Endeavor Information Systems.
1999   Walden Israel and Tamar Ventures invest in Ex Libris Group.
1999   Ex Libris enters United States library automation market.
Jul 1997   Ex Libris acquires Dabis.
1996   Company reorgainzed as Ex Libris group.
1995   Yissum Aleph and Ex Libris, Ltd. merge into a single company.
Nov 1994   Endeavor Information Systems founded.
1986   Ex Libris, Ltd. founded.
1983   Aleph Yissum founded to commercialize ALEPH.
1980   ALEPH software created at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Selected Articles from Library Technology Guides

The following are a sample of articles related to the major events in the corporate history of Ex Libris, or you can view all articles related to the company from Library Technology Guides.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (August 2012). Crossing the Threshold: Boston College Places Alma into Production

On July 2, 2012, the Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Library of Boston College became the first to place Alma, the library services platform created by Ex Libris, into production use. The library migrated from an Aleph system in place since 2000. Boston College had been working with Ex Libris since mid-2009 as a development partner, testing each incremental release of the software, and providing constructive feedback. The library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, with a staff numbering around 120, and a collection of 3.5 million volumes.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (March 2012). Ex Libris: Alma, Aleph, and Primo

Ex Libris has made progress across multiple products. There have been developments with Alma, its new unified resource management platform, Aleph, one of its integrated library systems, and with its Primo discovery product.


(January 6, 2011). Ex Libris announces the cloud-based Alma Library Management Service

Ex Libris announced that the company’s next-generation library management solution has been named Ex Libris Alma. Harnessing the Unified Resource Management (URM) framework, Alma supports the entire range of library operations—selection, acquisition, metadata management, digitization, and fulfillment—for all library materials, regardless of their format or location. The Ex Libris Alma solution accelerates libraries' move toward next-generation services by consolidating, optimizing, and extending library workflows. Alma consolidates the disparate systems used by today’s libraries to manage print, electronic, and digital resources. Alma’s cloud infrastructure helps libraries improve their operational efficiency through data sharing and collaboration. As a result, libraries can focus their resources on extending services within and outside the institution and on supporting the institution’s teaching and research missions. The general release of the Alma solution is scheduled for early 2012.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (January 2011). Ex Libris Marks Progress in Developing URM

Ex Libris continues to make progress on the development of its next-generation library management platform called Unified Resource Management, or URM. This product, which was developed as the company's long-term strategic library automation platform, continues in the research and development stage, with expected release at the beginning of 2012. Although the product is still some time away from general availability, it has progressed from the proof-of-concept prototypes to a functional model. Though preliminary, some versions have been made available to development partner libraries for testing and assessment


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (August 2008). Ex Libris Sets Strategic Course on Open Systems

Ex Libris specializes in automation products, primarily aimed at academic and research libraries, and has a large base of customer libraries throughout the world. In June 2008, Ex Libris announced that it had launched what it calls an "open-platform program" formalizing and expanding its commitment to deliver its products and services in a more transparent approach.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (January 2007). Consolidation continues: Endeavor acquired by Francisco Partners

Following its July 2006 acquisition of Ex Libris, private-equity firm Francisco Partners announced a definitive agreement late last fall to acquire 100 percent of Endeavor Information Systems from Elsevier. This acquisition represents a major step toward consolidation in the academic library-automation industry. As a result, this combined company stands as the largest provider focused solely on providing systems and services to academic libraries.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (December 2006). Francisco Partners completes Ex Libris buy


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (March 2006). OPAC sustenance: Ex Libris to serve up Primo

Marshall Breeding provides a description of Primo, a new information discovery and delivery tool from Ex Libris.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (November 2005). Ex Libris withdraws from IPO

In a move to gain additional funding for its business strategies, Ex Libris recently embarked on an initial public offering of stock to raise capital. But late in the process, the company’s board of directors withdrew from the IPO; the aborted effort follows another significant company event--the retirement of Azriel Morag, company founder and longtime chairman of the board.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (April 2005). Ex Libris reorganizes its U.S. operations


Library Systems Newsletter (July 1997). Ex Libris purchases Dabis

Ex Libris Lts., the Israeli company which sells the Aleph 500 automated library systems and supports several earlier generations of that system, has purchased DABIS of Germany and DABIS of Austria, a former leading vendor of automated library systems in the German speaking countries. DABIS had gone into receivership, primarily because of failure to sell new systems. ExL GmbH, a new Ex Libris subsidiary, will service the 300 DABIS accounts and will seek to migrate them to its product. It has hired 26 former DABIS staffers and will maintain offices in Hamburg, Berlin, and Cologne.



Ex Libris News

Friday Sep 19, 2014

All 769 Press Releases from Ex Libris

10 most recent items:


September 16, 2014. The Community Zone Advisory Group introduces guidelines for the Ex Libris Alma Community Catalog. Ex Libris announced that the international group of renowned library experts who advise Ex Libris on the Alma Community Zone has completed the guidelines and policies underlying the Alma Community Catalog. The advisory group analyzed the needs and objectives of Alma users, best practices in metadata, and ways to facilitate collaboration, so as to develop the most appropriate policies for the open and shared Alma community catalog. <<more>>


September 2, 2014. London School of Economics and Political Science Goes Live with Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris announced that the London School of Economics and Political Science Library has become the 100th institution to go live with Ex Libris Alma. Libraries in nine countries are now using Alma to streamline library operations and enable them to provide higher quality services to end users. Over 360 institutions worldwide have selected Alma as their next generation resource management solution. <<more>>


August 27, 2014. L'European University Institute sceglie Primo e Primo Central Index di. Ex Libris Group annunciare l’adozione di Primo e Primo Central da parte dell’European University Institute di Fiesole, Firenze. <<more>>


August 12, 2014. The University of Applied Sciences Zwickau Chooses Ex Libris Alma and Primo. Ex Libris announce that the University of Applied Sciences Zwickau has become the fifth library of the Southwest German Library Network to select the next generation library management system Alma. Changing user expectations, the increasing use of e-resources, and the flexible acquisition functionality in Alma were the key reasons for their decision. <<more>>


August 11, 2014. Ex Libris Alma Adopted by Texas Tech University. Ex Libris announced that Texas Tech University has selected the Ex Libris Alma resource management solution. Replacing a number of Ex Libris systems—including the Aleph integrated library system—Texas Tech will integrate Alma with the library’s Ex Libris Primo discovery layer. <<more>>


August 3, 2014. The LIBISnet Library Network in Belgium is live with Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris announced that Ex Libris Alma is live at the LIBIS library network of 33 independent member organizations which includes the historic KU Leuven and its Association, as well as archives, museums, parliaments, and other specialized libraries. An Alma Development Partner, the LIBIS network has worked closely with Ex Libris for the past five years to refine the vision and priorities for Alma, which has now been selected by over 360 institutions worldwide. <<more>>


July 30, 2014. The European University Institute chooses Ex Libris Primo with its Central Index. Ex Libris announced the adoption of Primo and the Primo Central Index by the European University Institute in Fiesole, Italy. <<more>>


July 21, 2014. Ex Libris Rosetta reaches a landmark with the release of Version 4. Ex Libris announced the release of version 4.0 of the Rosetta digital asset management and preservation solution. This major new release streamlines the management of preservation roles and enhances the communication between Rosetta and discovery systems, enabling users to easily discover collections that are preserved in Rosetta. <<more>>


July 7, 2014. Kingston University in London is Live with Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris announced that Kingston University in London is live with the next-generation Alma resource management service. Kingston University—the largest university in south west London—is using the Ex Libris solution to transform the management of its electronic and print resources and multi-site collections. <<more>>


July 3, 2014. The Library Service Center for Baden-Wuerttemberg (BSZ) in Germany joins the Alma Early Adopter Program. Ex Libris announced that the Library Service Center for Baden-Württemberg in Germany has decided to participate in the Ex Libris Alma Early Adopter Program for libraries in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The BSZ will actively support the launch of the next-generation library system of the members of the Southwest German Library Network (SWB) consortia who have already chosen Alma. Additionally, together with Ex Libris, the BSZ will develop central services based on the Alma Network Zone for consortium members. <<more>>