MEXICO CITY, October 21, 2002--The National Library of Mexico (Biblioteca Nacional de México) and the Hemeroteca Nacional de México, the largest repositories of bibliographic and serial publications in Mexico, have signed a contract for the licensing and implementation of the ALEPH 500 library information system from Ex Libris.
Founded by the legendary President Benito Juárez, the National Library has functioned as the legal depository of Mexico's bibliographic and documentary heritage since 1846. The library was opened to the public in 1867 with some 91,000 volumes collected from libraries dating to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In 1929, the library became part of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, or UNAM)--today the site of an ALEPH installation--and in 1979 moved to its current location in the UNAM Cultural Center. The library's holdings now number over 1.25 million items. .
The Hemeroteca Nacional de México (HNM) was founded in 1944 as part of the National Library for the purpose of compiling and preserving national and international press items as far back as the eighteenth century. The HNM, too, is located in the UNAM Cultural Center.
Coordinator Rosa María Fernández de Zamora of the National Library commented, "We are certain we made the right choice by selecting the best library automation system available for our purposes." The HNM coordinator, Guadalupe Curiel Defossé, added, "ALEPH 500 will allow us to offer the highest quality services to our users. Ours will become the sixteenth national library in the world to use the ALEPH system."
Alfredo Bronsoiler, Operations Director of Grupo Sistemas Lógicos, the exclusive distributor of Ex Libris in Mexico and other Latin American countries, stated, "The National Library of Mexico and the HNM are unique institutions. The implementation of a system as powerful as ALEPH 500 at these prominent libraries represents a great challenge for our company. Thanks to the experience we have gained from successfully completing more than 50 ALEPH 500 projects in Latin America, including the National Library of Chile and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, we are confident that the objectives of the National Library and the HNM will be achieved."
To find out more about the National Library of Mexico and the HNM, please link to http://biblional.bibliog.unam.mx . For further information on Grupo Sistemas Lógicos, please link to http://www.gsl.com.mx.
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 maintains offices around the world. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, has been installed at over 700 sites in 50 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 linking solution for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment; and DigiTool, a solution for constructing digital collections as components of an overall digital strategy. For more information about Ex Libris, please link to http://www.exlibrisgroup.com