Ex Libris (USA) announced today the implementation in record time of its ALEPH500 library management system at the California Academy of Sciences. The Academy signed a contract for installation of ALEPH on August 5, 2003, and went live less than 2 months later on October 1, 2003.
Anne Marie Malley, Academy Librarian, commented, “After an extensive review of library catalogs, the Academy chose the Ex Libris ALEPH catalog, the same catalog system used by Harvard University, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, the University of the Pacific, and many others. When we visited Ex Libris libraries and contacted librarians at those sites, we were always impressed with the level of enthusiasm they had for their ALEPH catalogs and how very pleased they were at the level of knowledge, expertise, and attentiveness shown by the Ex Libris staff.”
“We are delighted to welcome the California Academy of Sciences Library to the Ex Libris family of libraries,” said Russell McDonald, Vice President of Sales for Ex Libris (USA). “They join the growing number of libraries in California—from the University of the Pacific to the California State University System—that have recognized the advantages of partnering with Ex Libris.”
Larry Currie, User Services Librarian at the Academy Library, observed, “Our conversion was one for the record books: with less than 2 months' life left in our existing library system, the Ex Libris team operated superbly. We had a supersonic ride—and met our joint deadlines. We at the Academy are very pleased with the results.” Katrina Anderson, Vice President of Operations for Ex Libris (USA), added, “The accelerated and problem-free implementation at the California Academy of Sciences very clearly demonstrates ALEPH's ability to reach out to libraries large and small alike. We see the Academy's implementation as a model for many future ALEPH installations around the world.”
About the California Academy of Sciences
The Academy Library, founded in 1853, is the oldest continually operating scientific library in the American West. It is a research library devoted to natural history and the natural sciences. Subject strengths include: Systematics and Taxonomy, Evolutionary Biology, Biodiversity, Biogeography, and Local and Regional Natural Sciences and Natural History. The Academy Library comprises the J.W. Mailliard, Jr. Library, Special Collections, the Biodiversity Resource Center, and 10 departmental libraries: Total collection size is approximately 210,000 volumes, with over 2,700 current serial titles and 25,000 maps. Special Collections includes over 400 archive and manuscript collections, and over 300,000 images.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers. A multinational company, Ex Libris has offices around the world. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, has been installed at over 800 sites and consortia in over 50 countries. MetaLib, the information portal for library collections, and SFX, the context-sensitive linking solution for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment, have collectively been purchased by more than 450 sites in 26 countries. As a component of an overall digital strategy, DigiTool, a solution for constructing digital collections, rounds out the Ex Libris product suite.