For the second time in so many days, Ex Libris goes to press with an important announcement from the capital of Scotland. Napier University in Edinburgh has awarded Ex Libris (UK) a contract for the implementation of the Ex Libris library software products ALEPH 500, MetaLib, and SFX.
ALEPH 500, a leading library automation and management system, will go live this summer, replacing a Dynix system.
MetaLib, the sophisticated portal product for the discovery of and access to information resources in hybrid environments, and SFX, a context-sensitive reference linking tool based on the Ex Libris-pioneered Open URL standard, will go live in early 2004. The list of MetaLib and SFX customers has exceeded 370 since the release of these top-tier discovery and linking tools less than two years ago.
Napier was first established as a college in 1964 and became a university in 1992. Further expansion occurred in 1996 with the integration of nursing education into higher education. The University has about 11,500 students following a range of programs presented by four faculties, Arts and Social Science, Engineering and Computing, Health and Life Sciences, and the Napier University Business School. The University has its major campuses at Comely Bank, Craighouse, Canaan Lane, Merchiston, and Sighthill, all within the city, and also at Livingston and Melrose. The campus at Craiglockhart is currently undergoing a major building program with a new business school planned to open in February 2004.
Chris Pinder, director of Learning Information Services at Napier University, commented on the choice of the Ex Libris products and services as follows: "In selecting a replacement library management solution, we placed much emphasis on the benefits to customers. The primary focus for our new library management system is to encourage independence of use and easy access to e-resources; it offers as well as an excellent platform for eventual integration with our developing VLE/MLE and, of course, a more efficient work process and improved management reporting for staff. In selecting ALEPH 500, MetaLib, and SFX, we will be ideally placed to realize these goals."
Julie Booth, managing director of Ex Libris (UK), expressed her satisfaction with the rapidly growing customer base in Scotland, England, Wales, and Ireland: "Our success," says Julie, "is based on the performance of our future-oriented products and, in no small measure, on the proficiency and hard work of our British and international teams."
To learn more about Napier University, go to www.napier.ac.uk.
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 800 sites in 50 countries. MetaLib, the information portal for library collections, and SFX, the context-sensitive linking solution for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment, have been purchased by more than 370 customers in 24 countries. DigiTool, a solution for constructing digital collections as components of an overall digital strategy, rounds out the Ex Libris product suite.