Chicago, Illinois. Ex Libris (USA) Inc. announced today that the University of Iowa has signed a contract for the installation of an ALEPH 500™ system.
The University of Iowa Libraries consist of a Main Library, 11 branch libraries and a Law Library. The library, an ARL member, has holdings of nearly four million bound volumes and an annual operating budget of over $18M. The school, founded in 1847, is located in Iowa City and has an enrollment of over 28,000.
The ALEPH 500 system will replace a NOTIS system. In selecting ALEPH 500, Sheila Creth, University Librarian said, "We chose ALEPH because it clearly represented the best fit for the University. We felt the functionality was superior to any other product on the market and the system offered more flexibility in the ways we could implement". Larry Woods, Director of Information Technology, added, "ALEPH provided the best interface to our campus computing. Furthermore, we felt that as Ex Libris grew, we would be able to have a positive influence on the future of the product".
"Once again, we are thrilled to be selected by another well known and respected ARL" said Carl Grant, President of Ex Libris (USA) Inc. "Institutions like the University of Iowa are making it clear that libraries have become very sophisticated and that they are looking for, and finding, systems and companies that will match their sophisticated needs."
The ALEPH 500 system to be installed at the University of Iowa will run on an IBM RS/6000, S70 system, supporting 500 concurrent users. The system will be installed in November of this year, with full implementation planned for August, 2000.
The system marketed by Ex Libris, called ALEPH, is now in over 450 installations with more than 16,000 concurrent users in 40 countries. Ex Libris is a multi-national company with offices located around the world.