Hamburg, Germany—July 3, 2014. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, announces that the Library Service Center for Baden-Württemberg (BSZ) in Germany has decided to participate in the Ex Libris Alma Early Adopter Program for libraries in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The BSZ will actively support the launch of the next-generation library system of the members of the Southwest German Library Network (SWB) consortia who have already chosen Alma. Additionally, together with Ex Libris, the BSZ will develop central services based on the Alma Network Zone for consortium members.
"Both the BSZ, as a service provider for libraries, and Ex Libris, as leading provider of library software solutions, strive to deliver high-quality services and excellent customer satisfaction to our mutual customers," commented Dr. Ralf Goebel, director of the BSZ. "To support our customers the BSZ will develop capabilities and deeper knowledge of Alma, build up expertise in the next-generation consortia functionality, and work with member libraries and Ex Libris to develop new consortial services that we can offer."
"The five member libraries of the SWB network that have already chosen Alma will benefit from this collaboration between BSZ and Ex Libris, which will deliver centralized services to their staff members and users, based on Alma," said Ullrich Jüngling, VP Sales Central and East Europe Ex Libris. "This agreement provides BSZ with an excellent strategic opportunity to develop innovative services for members of the SWB consortia, enabling them to become one of the leading providers of next-generation library services in the German market."
About the Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg
The Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ) (Library Service Centre Baden-Wuerttemberg) is an IT service provider for academic and public libraries, archives, and museums. It offers databases, portals, support, hosting, and other services. The BSZ is based in the Ministry of Science, Research and Art of Baden-Württemberg. Founded in Constance in 1996, it was the result of merging the central catalogue of Baden-Württemberg and the development group for an integrated library management system (LMS). Further tasks that were included in the bylaws are support for museums and archives and development of internet-supported services. For more information please see http://www.bsz-bw.de/index.html
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 90 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.