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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 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 (1212 libraries, 1686 facilities in lib-web-cats)
    Public libraries: 434
    Academic libraries: 550
    School libraries: 24
    144 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Voyager (796 libraries, 1139 facilities in lib-web-cats)
    Public libraries: 2
    Academic libraries: 576
    School libraries: 3
    285 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 2825 library facilities included in lib-web-cats use an ILS provided by Ex Libris.

Ex Libris offers an OpenURL Link Resolver:

  • SFX used in 614 libraries, 827 facilities in lib-web-cats)

Corporate Chronology

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 (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

Monday Apr 27, 2015

All 826 Press Releases from Ex Libris

10 most recent items:


April 22, 2015. University of the Sunshine Coast Selects Ex Libris Cloud Solutions. Ex Libris announced that the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia has selected the Ex Libris Alma next-generation resource management solution and the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Alma and Primo will replace a number of systems, including the Virtua integrated library system and the EBSCO discovery service. <<more>>


April 21, 2015. The University of Sheffield selects Ex Libris Rosetta. Ex Libris announced that the University of Sheffield in the UK has selected the Rosetta digital asset management and preservation solution. Rosetta will ensure the sustainable preservation of the digitised objects created by the University Library’s Special Collections Department and the National Fairground Archive—a unique collection of videos, texts, audio files, and pictures about the culture and history of travelling fairs and entertainment—as well as the University’s large collection of born-digital material which includes scholarly research data, administrative records, and departmental publications. <<more>>


April 20, 2015. Durham University Library and Heritage collections now searchable through Ex Libris Primo. Ex Libris announced that the Durham University Library and Heritage Collections have gone live with the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. <<more>>


April 17, 2015. Sheffield Hallam University is the latest academic library to Adopt Ex Libris Alma and Primo. Ex Libris announced that Sheffield Hallam University, one of the largest teaching universities in the UK, has chosen the Alma next-generation unified resource management solution and the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Providing a fully integrated cloud-based platform, Alma and Primo will replace the Library’s previous Innovative Millennium and ProQuest Summon systems. <<more>>


April 16, 2015. The Second Annual Azriel Morag Award for Innovation is Open for Nominations. Ex Libris announced that the 2015 Azriel Morag award for innovation is now open, and nominations from Ex Libris customers are invited. The late Azriel Morag, founder and first CEO of Ex Libris, believed in experimentation, daring, and the power of individuals to make a difference. This award will carry on his legacy. The Azriel Morag award for innovation is presented to a librarian who demonstrates exceptional innovation and initiative during the two years leading up to the date of nomination. The winner’s accomplishments and the institution that the winner is associated with will be publicized globally. <<more>>


April 15, 2015. Ex Libris Group announces new Director of Support for North American Division. Ex Libris announced the appointment of Matt Baker as director of support for Ex Libris North America. <<more>>


April 14, 2015. University of Edinburgh to implement Ex Libris Alma and Primo. Ex Libris announced that the University of Edinburgh has selected the next-generation Alma unified resource management solution and the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Primo will enable the Library to achieve its goal of providing rapid and seamless discovery, access and use of collections. Alma will offer the University of Edinburgh Library automated workflows to improve many of its services, together with comprehensive analytics to provide evidence of its contribution to the institution and to ensure efficient expenditure on library resources. <<more>>


April 7, 2015. The University of Surrey selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo. Ex Libris announced that the University of Surrey has selected the next-generation Alma unified resource management solution and the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Primo and Alma will replace multiple systems, including the Library’s Capita (Talis) library management system and search system. Fully cloud-based, Primo and Alma will be monitored and supported 24/7 by Ex Libris experts, enabling the Library to move forward without hidden technical costs, and reallocate resources to improving user services. The open architecture on which Alma and Primo are built will also enable the University to integrate its campus-wide and external systems with library operations, providing greater business continuity. <<more>>


March 25, 2015. Ex Libris Alma and Primo adopted by Arkansas Tech University. Ex Libris announced that the Ross Pendergraft Library of the Arkansas Tech University has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management solution as well as the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Following an extensive and formal market evaluation, and continuing the trend of current Ex Libris Voyager customers upgrading to Alma, the library is aiming to streamline operations by providing a cloud-based, open, and unified platform for all collections, which integrates smoothly with the university’s two satellite campuses. <<more>>


March 25, 2015. Ex Libris Alma and Primo adopted by Arkansas Tech University. Ex Libris announced that the Ross Pendergraft Library of the Arkansas Tech University has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management solution as well as the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Following an extensive and formal market evaluation, and continuing the trend of current Ex Libris Voyager customers upgrading to Alma, the library is aiming to streamline operations by providing a cloud-based, open, and unified platform for all collections, which integrates smoothly with the university’s two satellite campuses. <<more>>