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This week saw the dissolution of Care Affiliates, with its founder Carl Grant returning to Ex Libris to once again head its North American operations. LibLime will assume selected assets of the company. Grant, through the founding of Care Affiliates, became established as a strong advocate of open source software for library automation. Ex Libris takes a somewhat different approach offering traditionally licensed software, but with a strong corporate strategy for library access to data and functionality through its "Open Platform Program." Robert Mercer, president of Ex Libris North America since May 2007 exits the company.

Ex Libris also gains new ownership with Leeds Equity acquiring the company from Francisco Partners. This shift from one private equity firm to another should not result in immediate changes in the operation of the company. The existing management and business strategies will continue.

Over at SirsiDynix, we note that the company announced the appointment of Stephen C. Erickson as its new Chief Financial Officer on July 16, 2008. By July 29th, company officials confirmed that Erickson had left the company for personal reasons. Erickson replaced Douglas R. Maughan appointed as CFO in June 2007.

In the special library world, one of the pioneering companies, Cuadra Associates was acquired by SydneyPLUS, another veteran company.

VTLS announced the implementation of a customized version at Queens Borough Public Libraries, known for having the largest volume of circulation of any library in the United States. This implementation was held under wraps until its completion. This news comes at the same time that Oxford University Libraries announced that they have abandoned their effort to implement Virtua for their 100 campus libraries announced in Oct 2005. NYU also selected Virtua in June 2004 and did not put it into production, instead selecting Ex Libris in Dec 2007. Virtua continues to prosper in the international library automation arena.

Aug 5, 2008 11:48:32
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