December 16, 2002 – Chicago. Ex Libris (USA) announced today that ODIN has selected the Ex Libris suite of products of ALEPH, and MetaLib / SFX to support their mission of providing access to library and information resources for the citizens of North Dakota. The ODIN membership includes 54 libraries with an additional 31 defined branches or special collections including academic, public libraries, school libraries, special libraries and state agencies. These libraries have a total of 2,800,000 bibliographic, 4,800,000 items, and 168,000 patron records in the system. ODIN conducted a thorough review of the options available in the marketplace before selecting the Ex Libris suite of products. “The selection process determined that Ex Libris was the best choice to meet our demanding requirements while maintaining the autonomy of our individual member libraries. Having a system that allowed for flexibility for our individual member libraries was an important factor, and ALEPH 500ä clearly supported this need,” said Tony Stukel, Director of ODIN.
“The flexible yet comprehensive nature of ALEPH, MetaLib and SFX accommodate the most sophisticated of scenarios, from single libraries to shared systems and consortia” said Carl Grant, President of Ex Libris (USA) The architecture of our products will enable ODIN to bring resources together in an approach that enables users to search, access, and retrieve them seamlessly across the entire system.”
ODIN is operated by the North Dakota University System (NDUS). ODIN is a consortium of all types of libraries spread out geographically across the entire state of North Dakota. ODIN libraries participate in the MINITEX consortium, which supports resource sharing and database acquisitions among libraries in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
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 750 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.