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1350 E Touhy Avenue
Suite 200 E
Board of Directors
- Matti Shem Tov -- President and Chief Executive Officer
- Yair Amsterdam -- Chief Operating Officer
- 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
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 (1198 libraries, 1671 facilities in libraries.org)
Public libraries: 425
Academic libraries: 546
School libraries: 24
158 libraries have migrated away from this system.
- Voyager (735 libraries, 1075 facilities in libraries.org)
Public libraries: 2
Academic libraries: 517
School libraries: 3
348 libraries have migrated away from this system.
A total of 2746 library facilities included in libraries.org use an ILS provided by Ex Libris.
Ex Libris offers an OpenURL Link Resolver:
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.