December 21, 2003—Paris—Ex Libris (France) is pleased to announce that the Royal Library of Belgium has chosen to implement the DigiTool digital asset management system to control and enable sharing of its collection of electronic publications.
The implementation of DigiTool, slated to become operational at the beginning of May 2004, will be conducted by Dr. Guido Goedemé, head of the Royal Library's Section of Automated Documentation. “DigiTool was chosen above the other systems researched due to its functionality in the construction of electronic publications archives, which can be enjoyed through the user-friendly Web OPAC. We see Ex Libris' experience with national libraries as well as its experience with library management systems as welcome assets,” commented Dr. Goedemé, who has been responsible for the electronic publication of the Belgian Bibliography since 1998. The Belgian law, dating from 1965, that pertains to the legal deposit of printed documents will be extended to include electronic publications in the near future.
“The Royal Library of Belgium's choice to implement DigiTool as its digital asset management system is a significant success for Ex Libris,” added Mr. Frédéric Lefèvre, Managing Director of Ex Libris (France). “We are pleased that the library found that DigiTool's blend of innovation and quality was suited to its specific needs. I envision a great future for DigiTool, matching that of the full Ex Libris suite of products—ALEPH 500, MetaLib and SFX.”
About the Royal Library of Belgium
The Royal Library of Belgium is the country's national library responsible for the collection, preservation and availability of documents published in Belgium, about Belgium, or by Belgians abroad. In addition to being an important scientific library, it also possesses rich collections of modern scientific publications, illuminated manuscripts, rare books, maps, globes, and coins.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer and provider of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers and researchers. Ex Libris' ALEPH integrated library solution has been installed at over 800 sites and consortia in 50 countries. MetaLib, the information portal for library collections, and SFX, the context-sensitive link server for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment, have been adopted by more than 450 institutions in 30 countries. The DigiTool product, for the construction of digital collections as a component of an overall digital strategy, rounds out the Ex Libris product suite.