December 12, 2002 – Chicago. SF-Systems, a leading software company for the bookbinding industry and Ex Libris, a worldwide developer of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers have announced that together they have integrated SF-Systems library binding preparation system with Ex Libris's ALEPH 500 ILS system. The integration of LINCPlus, the new generation Library Binding Preparation system created by SF-Systems and ALEPH 500, allows users to directly query any title record in ALEPH 500, by simply entering the barcode in LINCPlus. All title information is instantly inserted into LINCPlus, drastically reducing the amount of input required by the user to almost none. As well as querying title data, titles can also be marked as ‘checked in’ or ‘checked out’ in the ALEPH 500ä system from LINCPlus, again by simply entering the barcode.
"As the two companies worked together to create this integration, it became apparent that allowing libraries the option to complement ALEPH500 with the LINCPLus software would make sense as a delivery vehicle to get this integration to as many Ex Libris customers as possible", said Blair Wadsworth of SF-Systems.
Michael Kaplan of Ex Libris commented, "We are pleased to announce that Ex Libris will now be offering the option to obtain LINCPlus to all of our clients. We have been looking for ways to offer a Library Binding Preparation system to our customers in the past. With LINCPlus, we are excited to be able to offer a brand new system with integration directly into Aleph".
LINCPlus is a new generation, full-featured library binding preparation software product. By adding LINCPlus to ALEPH, Ex Libris can now offer their customers a powerful binding preparation tool with many advanced and timesaving features. LINCPlus includes innovations such as user security, binding cost estimation, the ability to capture binding information with the click of a button and binding transaction histories. Users can even generate reports from within LINCPlus. LINCPlus was designed with library customers in mind.
ALEPH 500 is the direct outcome of the Ex Libris vision to embrace new technology and deliver partner-driven solutions that will transform library systems into information systems. Ex Libris believes that a collaborative partnership with our customers combined with our tailoring of technology to provide for libraries' future needs is the foundation of ALEPH 500’s success. Installed at over 750 sites in 50 countries, ALEPH 500 is a completely integrated, high-performance solution for research institutions, libraries, information centers, and consortia worldwide.
Recognizing advances in software technology and the introduction of new bookbinding equipment, SF-Systems was formed in January 1999, combining years of experience in both bookbinding and software development.
SF-Systems offers comprehensive software solutions for the bookbinding and library industries using the most recent technology available.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers. A multinational company, Ex Libris has offices around the world. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, has been installed at over 700 sites in 50 countries.
Other Ex Libris software products include MetaLib, an information portal for library collections that provides libraries, institutions, and consortia with a standardized user interface; SFX, a context-sensitive linking solution for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment; and DigiTool, a solution for constructing digital collections as components of an overall digital strategy.