Newton, MA -- August 31, 2006. The Ex Libris Group today announced a number of recent North American sales of DigiTool, Ex Libris digital asset management system. Amherst College, the Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA), the University of South Florida, and The Library of Virginia (LVA) have all selected DigiTool to provide their next generation digital asset management system. Together the institutions have a variety of different plans and expectations for their DigiTool implementations.
The Library of Virginia, which serves as the library agency of the state, the archival agency of the Commonwealth, and the reference library at the seat of government, will use DigiTool in the Institutional Repository mode. LVA will work collaboratively with the Commonwealth's agencies and departments to enable them to distributively deposit their electronic documents of all types and formats into DigiTool's central repository.
The University of South Florida joins its sister institution, Florida State University, which has been a DigiTool user since 2004, as individual DigiTool proprietors. Both are members of the State University System of Florida, which in turn has also selected DigiTool through FCLA. FCLA is a central service provider that assists the libraries of Florida's publicly funded universities in meeting their teaching and research objectives for students and faculty. FCLA plans to move its existing Publication of Archival, Library & Museum Materials (PALMM) collections from their existing DLXS (Digital Library Extension Service) system to DigiTool.
"PALMM is a cooperative initiative of the public universities of Florida to provide digital access to important source materials for research and scholarship. PALMM projects may involve a single university or may be collaborative efforts between a university and partners within or outside of the state university system. PALMM projects create high-quality virtual collections relevant to the students, research community and general citizenry of Florida." (http://palmm.fcla.edu/)
Amherst College, founded in 1821 as a nonsectarian institution for "the education of indigent young men of piety and talents" and one of the premier liberal arts colleges in North America, chose DigiTool to replace a number of separate, standalone, non-interoperable digital asset management systems on campus. Amherst College will begin its DigiTool implementation following its ALEPH 500 implementation (August 28, 2006).
"As evidenced by these sales, DigiTool continues to enjoy success in a broad range of markets," commented Susan M. Pastore, Ex Libris, Inc., Vice-President of Sales. "It is well-architected and robust and can fit a broad range of applications and requirements. It is clearly the leading commercial digital asset management system available today."
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris (www.exlibrisgroup.com) is a leading worldwide developer and provider of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers, with installations in 62 countries. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, has been installed at over 1700 sites worldwide. MetaLib, the information portal for library collections, and SFX, the context-sensitive linking solution for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment, have collectively been purchased by over 950 institutions in 40 countries. DigiTool, a solution for the construction of digital collections, and Verde, the electronic resource management (ERM) system, have been warmly adopted by customers worldwide.