Maynooth, February 15, 1999
Ex Libris is pleased to announce the signature today of its first contract in Ireland, the fifth major award to our recently established UK subsidiary, for the implementation of its ALEPH500 system. The Republic of Ireland is country number 40 on the expanding global map of ALEPH.
The National University of Ireland (NUI) at Maynooth is the second oldest University institution in Ireland. It was founded in 1795 as St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, and for much of its first two centuries of existence was exclusively a seminary. In 1896 it was granted the status of a Pontifical University and in 1910 became a recognised college of the newly founded National University of Ireland. Lay students were admitted to the recognised college from 1966 onwards and in 1997 the college became one of the four universities which constitute the National University of Ireland.
NUI Maynooth has faculties of Arts, Science, Philosophy and Celtic Studies. The Pontifical University has faculties of Theology, Philosophy and Canon Law. St. Patrick's College remains as the National Seminary of Ireland. The university has grown rapidly in recent years, tripling its student numbers to over 5,000 in little more than a decade.
The Main Library provides a service to all staff and students on campus. Opened in 1984, it contains the post-1850 collection of 250,000 volumes. The Russell Library, dating from 1861, contains archives, manuscripts and early printed books. This collection is exceptionally rich in Irish and continental Catholic theology. With the installation of the new system, work will begin on re-cataloguing the 30,000 books in the collection.
Agnes Neligan, the NUI Deputy Librarian, who led the procurement process, had this to say on the occasion of the contract signature: "We undertook a comprehensive programme of evaluation which included demonstrations at Maynooth, site visits and discussions with other librarians in Ireland and abroad. The areas investigated included the functionality of each module; the type of interface; ease of operation for staff and users; training and implementation; record conversion; ease of update; future developments; company stability; company service record; and other outstanding features. We particularly liked ALEPH's user-friendliness and flexibility, its integration and electronic communications features and self-service capabilities. The ALEPH500 system emerged as the clear winner on every count with an overall score of 90% and it was considered to be the most technically advanced of all the systems evaluated by the library staff."
Dr. Kabdebo, Head-Librarian, adds: "The ALEPH500 system is at the beginning of its technological cycle and will offer continuing development of service for the next decade. This will enable the library to meet the ever more sophisticated user demands being placed upon us; allow expansion to cater for any increase in student numbers and enable us to modernise the library to the level required to provide the services expected in a modern university." For more information, please access http://www.may.ie