Newton, MA -- March 22, 2007. Ex Libris Group is pleased to announce that the Université du Québec has selected ALEPH 500 as the integrated library management system for eight of its academic libraries. The new system will be deployed at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Institut national de la recherche scientifique, École nationale d'administration publique, and École de technologie supérieure. Approximately 37,000 students and 1,300 professors and researchers will benefit from the new system. ALEPH 500 will replace the consortium's current home-grown system and will be hosted at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières site.
"We were looking for a standards-based solution with advanced consortial functionality capable of supporting a union catalogue," observed Line Cormier, Directrice des bibliothèques et du soutien technologique à l'enseignement at the Université du Québec. "We were impressed with the Ex Libris suite of innovative and collaborative products such as SFX, which we have been using already for over two years. We look forward to now being able to add full linking to ALEPH as well. Based on our experience with Ex Libris and our current business relationship, the university felt secure about adding ALEPH 500 to our library software environment."
Gilles Caron, Directeur - Bibliothèque Paul-Émile-Boulet at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, commented, "Our focus at the Université du Québec is providing our combined research communities with seamless access to information, using the latest in intuitive and streamlined interfaces. ALEPH's OPAC configurability will allow us to customize our search module to better serve our students, professors, and researchers. And of course, being in Québec, we needed a solution that was available completely in French, from the technical-service modules to the help screens."
ALEPH's full Unicode support, which provides multidirectional and multiscript text capabilities, is in use at institutions worldwide. Installed in scores of countries throughout the world, the flexible interfaces allow both public and staff users to interface with the system in their preferred language.
Susan Pastore, vice president of sales at Ex Libris, Inc., commented, "When we heard from the Université du Québec of their ambitious plans for a future information environment, we knew immediately that their vision and our experience with large academic consortia would go hand in hand."
About the Université du Québec
Created by the Government of Québec in 1968, the Université du Québec is the largest university network in Canada. Its mission is to facilitate access to university education and to contribute to the scientific development of Québec, as well as to regional development.
From its headquarters in Québec City, the Université du Québec coordinates courses taught by nearly 6,000 professors and their assistants to 86,000 students in its nine establishments in 54 cities across the province. As the youngest university in Québec, the Université du Québec has established an identity based on innovation and challenge, quality of teaching, and openness to the world at large.
For additional information on the Université du Québec, see http://www.uquebec.ca.
About Ex Libris Group
Ex Libris Group is a leading worldwide developer and provider of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers, with installations around the globe. Ex Libris Group's flagship ALEPH 500 and Voyager® integrated library solutions are in use at over 3,000 sites worldwide. Other products from the Ex Libris suite, deployed at more than 1,300 sites, focus on the digital library and offer state-of-the-art, user-centric solutions for managing and providing informed access to electronic resources and digital assets.