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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
  • Ziv BenZvi -- Vice President for Asia Pacific
  • Uri Livnat -- Vice President, Cloud Services
  • Steven Savaglio -- Director of Support for Ex Libris North America

Company Ownership

Ex Libris is a wholly owned subsidiary of ProQuest, which is owned by Cambridge Information Group and Goldman Sachs.


Library automation systems

Ex Libris offers the following Integrated Library Systems:

  • Alma (638 libraries, 958 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 1
    Academic libraries: 505
    School libraries: 0
    2 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Aleph 500 (1185 libraries, 1651 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 427
    Academic libraries: 535
    School libraries: 23
    200 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Voyager (661 libraries, 980 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 2
    Academic libraries: 429
    School libraries: 3
    423 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 3589 library facilities included in libraries.org use an ILS provided by Ex Libris.

Ex Libris offers an OpenURL Link Resolver:

  • SFX used in 601 libraries, 821 facilities in libraries.org)

Corporate Chronology

Dec 15, 2015   Ex Libris acquired by ProQuest.
Jan 9, 2015   37 members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance complete implementation of Ex Libris Alma and Primo.
Dec 19, 2014   Ex Libris reports 370 total institutions with signed contracts for Alma and 150 libraries in production.
Dec 18, 2014   Welsh Consortium chooses Ex Libris Alma and Primo for shared resource management environment.
Aug 3, 2014   LIBISnet Library Network in Belgium places Alma into production.
Apr 29, 2014   Ex Libris launches the Ex Libris Developer Network.
Jan 27, 2014   University of Minnesota places Ex Libris Alma into production.
Dec 31, 2013   Ex Libris reports 329 total contracts for Alma for Library Systems Report.
Dec 4, 2013   BIBSYS Consortium in Norway selects Ex Libris Alma.
Apr 18, 2013   BIBSYS Consortium Selects Primo.
Oct 16, 2012   Golden Gate Capital acquires Ex Libris from Leeds Equity Partners.
Oct 9, 2012   Orbis Cascade Alliance selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo.
Jul 2, 2012   Boston College becomes the first library to put Alma in production.
Jan 6, 2011   Ex Libris announces that its unified resource management system will be called Alma.
Dec 1, 2010   Ex Libris delivers the second partner release of Alma to development partners.
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.
Aug 29, 1997   Northwestern University Library selects Voyager to replace NOTIS.
Jul 1997   Ex Libris acquires Dabis, a German company offering the BIS library automation system.
1996   Company reorganized as Ex Libris group.
Dec 28, 1995   Voyager placed into production at Michigan Technological University.
1995   Yissum Aleph and Ex Libris, Ltd. merge into a single company.
Nov 14, 1994   Endeavor Information Systems founded.
May 21, 1988   The Library of Congress selects Voyager from Endeavor Information Systems.
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 (November 2015). ProQuest to Acquire Ex Libris

In a move that alters the business dynamics of the library technology sector, ProQuest has announced that it will acquire Ex Libris in a deal expected to close later in 2015. Ex Libris, under the ownership of Golden Gate Capital since November 2012, will become a wholly owned business of ProQuest. This merger significantly extends ProQuest's offerings of technology-based workflow and resource management tools and places a broader portfolio of products under the responsibility of Ex Libris. While this merger represents a major step in the evolution of the industry, it is not anticipated to compromise the availability of current product offerings. Longer-term product strategies will be developed over time in collaboration with the company's customer base.


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 May 6, 2016

All 919 Press Releases from Ex Libris

10 most recent items:


May 2, 2016. Ex Libris introduces new Citation Trail Capability, offering patrons an enhanced search and exploration experience. Ex Libris announced the new Primo citation trail capability, which is part of the May 2016 release of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Leveraging Primo Central’s vast quantity of data, which goes far beyond the data available in individual databases, the citation trail feature offers users new ways to explore material that pertains to their research. The Primo citation trail enables users to start from an article of interest and easily find other materials that cite that article or are cited by it. In this way, researchers and students can discover materials that are relevant to the topic at hand but that may not have come up in a result list. Users can navigate effortlessly from one citation to the next without being bound to a single area of scholarship. <<more>>


April 29, 2016. Las Bibliotecas de la Universidad de Cambridge Seleccionan Alma y Primo. Ex Libris, una empresa de ProQuest, se complace en anunciar que la Universidad de Cambridge ha elegido el servicio de gestión de recursos de Ex Libris Alma® y el sistema de descubrimiento Primo para ayudar a modernizar la gestión de bibliotecas y mejorar la experiencia de búsqueda para sus estudiantes, profesores e investigadores. <<more>>


April 28, 2016. Cardiff Metropolitan University is the 400th institution to go live with Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris announced that the 400th customer of the Ex Libris Alma cloud-based resource management solution, Cardiff Metropolitan University, has gone live. Building on the solution’s unparalleled success, Ex Libris is now focusing on developing new services to address the next level of library needs and practices. <<more>>


April 27, 2016. The Libraries of the University of Cambridge select Alma and Primo. Ex Libris announced that the University of Cambridge has chosen the Ex Libris Alma resource management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution to help modernize library management and improve the search experience for students, instructors, and researchers. <<more>>


April 26, 2016. Ex Libris Primo and SFX enriched with Ulrich’s data. Ex Libris announced the incorporation of Ulrich’s periodical data into the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution and SFX link resolver. Ulrich’s, ProQuest’s leading source of authoritative bibliographic information, significantly enriches Primo discovery and SFX services. Ulrich’s contains comprehensive information about more than 390,000 print, electronic, and microform serials of all types from around the world. The data delivers unbiased, in-depth details about publications and provider packages in more than 950 subject areas and 200 languages. Continuously updated, the data includes bibliographic information and access points of value to researchers and librarians, such as ISSN, title, publisher name, peer-review status, online availability, A&I coverage, subject area, language of text, and URLs for journals and publishers. <<more>>


April 25, 2016. Keystone Library Network opts for Ex Libris Alma and Primo Solutions. Ex Libris announced that the Keystone Library Network has selected the Ex Libris Alma resource management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution. The Pennsylvania-based consortium of 18 academic and research libraries will be upgrading from the Ex Libris Voyager integrated library system to the cloud-based, multitenant environment of Alma and the completely redesigned Primo user interface. <<more>>


April 22, 2016. Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and the Oldenburg Regional Library Select Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris announced that following an EU-wide tender, the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg’s Library and Information System (BIS) and the Oldenburg Regional Library (Landesbibliothek Oldenburg) have signed agreements to license the Ex Libris Alma resource management service. This service will replace the libraries’ URICA integrated library system. <<more>>


April 20, 2016. RMIT University Selects the Ex Libris Leganto Reading List Solution. Ex Libris announced that the prominent Melbourne-based RMIT University has opted for the Leganto reading list solution and has joined the Leganto early adopter program. <<more>>


April 19, 2016. University of Montana selects campusM as unified mobile platform. Ex Libris announced that the University of Montana has selected the Ex Libris campusM mobile campus solution to disseminate information and provide services to the campus community through a high-quality user experience. UM will benefit from the standards and best practices already built into the platform, avoiding the burden of building an app from scratch. The campusM solution will be in the hands of UM students, faculty, and administrative staff by fall of this year. <<more>>


April 14, 2016. Ex Libris Leganto to advance teaching and learning at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Ex Librisd to announced that Australia’s University of the Sunshine Coast has decided to adopt the Ex Libris Leganto reading-list solution and join the Leganto early adopter program. Leganto is a cloud-based, end-to-end solution that interoperates with an institutional environment and facilitates active, engaging collaboration between instructors, students, and librarians for the creation, management, use, and evaluation of reading lists. <<more>>