Jerusalem, Israel—March 15, 2012. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that the National Library of Russia (NLR), in St. Petersburg, has decided to adopt the Aleph integrated library system for the management of its vast print collections. Aleph will replace numerous locally developed systems that are currently used by the National Library.
"The decision to adopt Aleph marks a major change in our strategy," commented Oleg Shorin, deputy director general for automation at the NLR. "Our current, mostly homegrown library systems are no longer adequate for handling our extensive collections of printed and digitized materials. Aleph's flexibility and multilingual capabilities—which, crucially, include Cyrillic—will increase efficiency, help librarians meet users' needs, and strengthen the NLR's role as a powerful center for research and Russian studies."
"We are delighted to welcome the prestigious National Library of Russia to the global community of Ex Libris users," remarked Ullrich Jüngling, Ex Libris vice president of sales for Central and East Europe. "Joining 25 other national libraries throughout the world that deploy Aleph, the NLR is the latest major library in Russia to adopt the system, following the successful implementation by the Russian State Library, in Moscow. We believe that this decision sends a strong signal to other Russian institutions."
About The National Library of Russia
Established by Catherine the Great in 1795, the National Library of Russia is the oldest public library in Russia. One of Russia's legal deposit libraries, the NLR is located in St. Petersburg and houses over 36 million items, of which 15 million are books. For more information, see http://www.nlr.ru/eng/.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic, national, and research libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 80 countries on six continents.
Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables libraries to maximize productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.