Ex Libris (USA) Inc. is very proud to announce that a contract was signed today with The California Digital Library for the ALEPH 500 system and SFX to become the underlying technology for the University of California's Melvyl Union Catalog.
The California Digital Library and its University of California campus partners began a thorough process back in 1999 to investigate options to ensure the continuing quality of the Melvyl Union catalog, an essential and world-renowned resource and discovery tool for materials held in the libraries of the University of California campuses as well as those of several partners. The contract is the result of an exhaustive RFP and evaluation of the vendors that responded, as well as extensive consultation with faculty, library staff, and the university community about their needs for online catalog services.
“The software from Ex Libris will provide the university community with several new features that do not currently exist in the Melvyl Catalog, while maintaining the functionality found in the current system. Some key examples of this are content sensitive reference linking, a combined book and periodicals database, call number searching, multilingual character support, a general keyword search and better options for sorting search results. In addition, a CDL system based on ALEPH 500 and SFX will provide a stable platform for future enhancements” said Beverlee French, Interim University Librarian and Executive Director of System wide Planning for Libraries and Scholarly Information, “The database design proposed by Ex Libris is one that preserves the Melvyl Catalog's sophisticated ability to merge like titles while maintaining the unique contributions of each union catalog contributor. It will also be possible to add CDL "proprietary" features into the Ex Libris system, such as the Request service for interlibrary loans, links to circulation data from local campus systems, and an efficient command-line search option. Ex Libris` understanding of these functions and their commitment to develop solutions were other important factors in the selection.”
“The library conducted a very comprehensive evaluation, and we are extremely proud to be the vendor of choice resulting from that process,” said Carl Grant, President of Ex Libris (USA). “This is an exciting time for Ex Libris (USA) as we continue to benefit from embracing new technologies like SFX, and partner with strategic libraries such as CDL who recognize the Ex Libris' technology as the best solution available”
The conversion to the new catalog will begin immediately and is expected to be complete in Spring 2002. The current and new catalogs will run concurrently during a transition period until January 2003.
More information about the CDL, the digital co-library of the ten University of California campuses, can be found at www.cdlib.org. There are also separate Web sites for its content development programs, including eScholarship, the Online Archive of California, and the Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive.
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 570 sites in 43 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 provides a one-stop reference system for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment; DigiTooLibrary, a solution for building digital collections as components of an overall digital strategy.