HAMBURG, Feb. 1, 2001-The University of Duisburg and Ex Libris-Germany have signed a contract for the installation of ALEPH 500 at the university's libraries. This agreement makes Duisburg the first of six university libraries in North-Rhine-Westphalia to opt for ALEPH 500. The new library system is expected to go into full online production during the first quarter of 2001.
Duisburg and the other five institutions-the universities of Düsseldorf, Essen, Hagen, Paderborn, and Siegen-have formed a planning group with the aim of gradually switching over to ALEPH 500 for their libraries. As members of the Hochschulbibliothekszentrum Koeln (HBZ) consortium, these university libraries already have access to the central HBZ cataloging modules of ALEPH 500. The aim of the new agreement is to provide local ALEPH systems that will be connected on-line to the HBZ central system.
Duisburg University, also known as Gerhard-Mercator University, was established 25 years ago in the heartland of the Ruhr. Amid modern buildings in a parkland setting, some 15,000 students enjoy a broad offering of courses in scientific and engineering fields. The teaching staff numbers 240, supplemented by 440 research assistants and several hundred external collaborators. Duisburg has made a name for itself in space sciences, automation, traffic logistics, and robotics and is a world leader in microelectronics and aerosol research.
For more information about the Duisburg University libraries, see www.ub.uni-duisburg.de.
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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 560 sites in 43 countries. Ex Libris is a multinational company. For more information, link to www.exl.de or www.exlibris-usa.com.