In 1900, the cornerstone of the original Brandon College was put in place. Today, Brandon University announced the signing of a contract with Ex Libris (USA) for the installation of ALEPH 500 as the cornerstone of their continuing drive to deliver superior library services to the students of this academic institution located in Brandon, Manitoba. The school serves a population of 2700 students, 250 faculty and staff and 23 librarians and support staff.
The University library contains 450,000 books, serial volumes, scores, videos and sound recordings and 1,000,000 microforms. The library has 1,000 active serial subscriptions. The new ALEPH 500 system will run on a SUN E250 processor and will support 50 users. The library will be converting from the current system, BUCat, which was developed at Brandon University.
"We chose ALEPH because it offers the flexibility and functionality to best meet our current needs and our future requirements, especially those of world-wide access to information resources, " said Terry Mitchell, University Librarian.
The system marketed by Ex Libris, called ALEPH, is now in over 500 installations with more than 17,000 concurrent users in 41 countries. Ex Libris is a multi-national company with offices located around the world.