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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 (668 libraries, 1039 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 1
    Academic libraries: 526
    School libraries: 0
    1 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Aleph 500 (1140 libraries, 1558 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 427
    Academic libraries: 492
    School libraries: 23
    247 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Voyager (623 libraries, 936 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 2
    Academic libraries: 402
    School libraries: 3
    440 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 3533 library facilities included in libraries.org use an ILS provided by Ex Libris.

Ex Libris offers an OpenURL Link Resolver:

  • SFX used in 563 libraries, 806 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

Monday Jul 25, 2016

All 941 Press Releases from Ex Libris

10 most recent items:


July 12, 2016. University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus selects Alma and Primo. Ex Libris announced that the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution to manage and provide access to the Health Sciences Library’s large collection of electronic and physical materials. The library will be migrating from Innovative Millennium. Key to the university’s choice was the cloud-based, multitenant nature of the Alma service as well as improvements in the management and discovery of electronic and physical resources enabled by the combination of Alma and Primo. The Health Sciences Library will benefit from reports that help librarians analyze collections and manage them with greater efficiency. In addition, the rich Alma interfaces and APIs will facilitate the solution’s integration with third-party systems and will enable the library to expand its services. <<more>>


June 26, 2016. Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo. Ex Libris announced that the Washington Research Library Consortium, based in the Washington, DC area, has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution to help fulfill the consortium’s priorities of coordinating collections across all partner institutions (including its high-density Shared Collections Facility) and presenting end-users with a unified view of WRLC’s shared collection. WRLC chose Alma and Primo for their scalability, openness to other systems, rich functionality, and cost-effectiveness. The consortium of nine academic libraries will be migrating from Voyager® and Innovative Interfaces Sierra to the new solutions. <<more>>


June 26, 2016. Ex Libris continúa mejorando la productividad en la biblioteca con una aplicación móvil que libera a los bibliotecarios de sus escritorios. Ex Libris anunció que su servicio de gestión de bibliotecas Alma permitirá a los bibliotecarios acceder a Alma desde cualquier lugar, utilizando un dispositivo móvil. <<more>>


June 24, 2016. Ex Libris continues to improve library productivity with a mobile app that frees librarians from their desks. Ex Libris announced that its Alma library management service now enables librarians to access Alma from anywhere, using a mobile device. The new mobile capabilities are being rolled out gradually, with the first version now available for early-access users. A general release for all Alma users is planned for the third quarter of 2016. Librarians can now access task lists and perform fulfillment activities on the go, even scanning item barcodes to register in-house use from anywhere in the library. Built on a flexible advanced mobile application framework, Alma Mobile will grow to include more features, such as work-order processing, item returns, the creation and processing of sets, inventory management, and even mobile analytics. <<more>>


June 24, 2016. Alma Open Platform reaches one million API transactions daily. Ex Libris announced that its Alma library management service now routinely handles over one million API transactions daily from hundreds of institutions around the world. <<more>>


June 22, 2016. Copyright Licensing Agency and Ex Libris Collaborate to Facilitate Distribution of Digitized Content to Students. Ex Libris and the UK’s Copyright Licensing Agency announced their collaboration on the Digital Content Store Content URL API. This collaboration will facilitate the integration of the Digital Content Store with the Ex Libris Alma resource management solution and Leganto reading list solution. Ex Libris is one of several partners aiding in the development of the DCS Content URL API. <<more>>


June 14, 2016. Mondragon University chooses Ex Libris campusM Mobile solution. Ex Libris announced that Mondragon University has selected the Ex Libris campusM Enterprise platform for creating the university’s digital portal. The multilingual solution will foster communication between users. <<more>>


June 8, 2016. Stellenbosch University: first South African customer to choose Ex Libris Alma for optimizing library services. Ex Libris announced that South Africa’s Stellenbosch University has chosen the Ex Libris Alma resource management service to complement the library’s Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. This investment will help the university control costs and maintain its ranking as one of the three leading research-intensive academic institutions in Africa. <<more>>


June 7, 2016. Hong Kong Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC) selects Alma and Primo for shared library services platform. Hong Kong -- June 7, 2016. Ex Libris announced that the Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC) has selected the Ex Libris Alma resource management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution. The Hong Kong consortium of eight academic libraries will use Alma and Primo solutions to enable a shared library services platform (rather than an individual ILS deployment) that will align with JULAC’s stated strategy of deep collaboration. <<more>>


June 7, 2016. Seventh Rosetta Advisory Group Meeting opens in New York. Users of the Ex Libris Rosetta digital asset management and preservation solution are gathering this week at New York University in New York, NY, for the seventh annual meeting of the Rosetta Advisory Group. <<more>>