Ex Libris (USA) is very proud to announce that a contract was signed with Texas Tech University Libraries and the School of Law Library, to replace their current DRA and INNOPAC systems with ALEPH 500. ALEPH 500 will support core functions and services including: online public access catalog, cataloging and authority control, acquisitions and serials control, circulation and reserves, interlibrary loan and document delivery, and preservation control. In addition to ALEPH 500, Texas Tech will also be implementing MetaLib and SFX to manage their diverse collection of electronic resources. MetaLib will provide library users with a seamless way to identify and use electronic resources, while SFX provides contextual links to related information resources and services retrieved via MetaLib.
“We are extremely pleased that Texas Tech has chosen Ex Libris to partner with for the future,” said Carl Grant, President of Ex Libris (USA). “Implementation of the new ALEPH 500 system will greatly improve the quality of education, research, and access to external databases. Being able to bring resources together in an approach that enables users to search, access, and retrieve them seamlessly is just one of the benefits Texas Tech users gain from using ALEPH, MetaLib and SFX”.
Dr. Donald Dyal, Dean of Libraries for Texas Tech University Libraries noted that the intent of this new service is to provide heightened accessibility to the wealth of information resources at the Texas Tech University Libraries. According to Dr. Dyal, “the acquisition of the Ex Libris platforms will ramp up our service capabilities, significantly empowering library users in important and new ways.”
The conversion to the new system will involve 1.4 million bibliographic records and will be completed by the end of 2002. The new system will run on the latest hardware technology from Sun, a Sunfire V880 platform, and will support 150 staff members and 150 PAC users.
About Texas Tech University Libraries
Texas Tech is a major research university enrolling more than 25,000 students and offering dynamic research and graduate studies programs that attract scholars from around the world. Four libraries constitute the University Libraries system; the University Library, the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, the International Cultural Center Library and the Architecture Library. The research collection includes 1.3 million volumes, 1.2 million government documents, 7,000 journal titles, and more than 940,000 microforms. Texas Tech University is a member of the Association of Research Libraries. The Texas Tech School of Law Library is the major legal research center in the region, serving over 650 students, the practicing bench and bar, and the University communities. More information can be found at www.lib.ttu.edu and www.law.ttu.edu/lawlibrary.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers. Ex Libris has offices around the world, and ALEPH, our integrated library solution, has been installed at over 700 sites in 48 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; DigiTool, a solution for building digital collections as components of an overall digital strategy. For more information on Ex Libris, go to: www.exlibris-usa.com.