Ex Libris (Australia) Pty, Ltd., is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a major contract with UNILINC Ltd. for the license and implementation of ALEPH 500.
UNILINC is a not-for-profit organization originally formed in 1978 to coordinate the provision of sophisticated library technologies in the higher education sector with the aim of saving costs and facilitating resource sharing. The following institutions are serviced by UNILINC and will soon be part of the ALEPH-based UNILINC Shared System:
- Australian Catholic University
- Australian Institute of Music
- Avondale College
- Board of Studies NSW
- Charles Sturt University
- College of Law
- Jansen Newman Institute
- National Gallery of Australia
- NSW Department of Corrective Services
- NSW Police Academy
- Southern Cross University
- Study Group Australia
- Sydney Church of England Grammar School
UNILINC has provided a Shared System since 1984. The Ex Libris ALEPH 500 system will replace DRA software, which has been in use for several years.
Ex Libris will assume responsibility for the full implementation of the project, including data conversion and staff training. Contributing its considerable experience in the areas of library automation and services, UNILINC will also play an active role.
Rona Wade, Executive Director and CEO of UNILINC, commented upon the occasion of the signing of the contract, "UNILINC sees the implementation of the new Shared-System software as being our most important strategic initiative. We have selected ALEPH 500 because the system architecture provides the necessary infrastructure for future development and the software meets the current needs of the progressive and electronically advanced libraries that comprise UNILINC membership. With Ex Libris, we also believe that we have found a company that values library collaboration, understands consortia, and as such will be able to partner UNILINC into the new century. I look forward to working with Ex Libris."
Azriel Morag, Chairman of Ex Libris, added, "This is a landmark for our company, as it marks the 43rd country and sixth continent to which the rapidly growing community of ALEPH users has spread. We are particularly proud to welcome UNILINC and its membership to the international ALEPH family, which will benefit from this new and valued cultural and geographic dimension. I am confident that the collaboration between UNILINC and Ex Libris will make this project a complete success."
Michael McLellan, General Manager of Ex Libris (Australia), sees this contract as the "forerunner to a wider ALEPH 500 penetration into Australia. UNILINC`s evaluation of available automation systems was quite thorough, and our negotiations with the client were conducted in a very businesslike and constructive manner. I wish to thank Ms. Wade, UNILINC`s CEO, for her devoted efforts to bringing this to a happy conclusion. I am looking forward to the expansion of our Australian office and our growing presence in the library automation sector in our country."
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, has been installed at 540 sites in 42 countries. Other Ex Libris software products include MetaLib, an information portal for library collections that provides libraries, institutions, and consortia with a standardized user interface; SFX, a context-sensitive reference linking solution that offers a one-stop reference system for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment; and DigiTooLibrary, a solution for building digital collections as components of an overall digital strategy. Ex Libris is a multinational company with offices located around the world.
For more information on UNILINC, please link to www.unilinc.edu.au.