Ex Libris is pleased to announce the decision of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) to install ALEPH 500™ in its libraries.
The DPMA is an arm of the federal government, with headquarters in Münich and a work force of about 2,400. Associated with the main DPMA library is the Technical Information Center in Berlin. The mandate of the office is to grant and manage patents and inform the public about existing patent rights. The Technical Information Center library provides DPMA employees with national and foreign patent documentation and technical and scientific background literature. The collection of the main and branch libraries comprises about 940,000 volumes, including some 1,500 periodicals. For more information about the DPMA, link to www.dpma.de.
Under a European bidding procedure, the DPMA tested the software of several selected library automation suppliers and chose ALEPH 500 on the basis of the following criteria:
- The openness of the system
- The system`s multinational and multiformat features
- The flexibility of the Web OPAC
- The system`s technical robustness and superior performance
- The scalability of the software and hardware
- The considerable experience of Ex Libris in the automation of comparable libraries
Sabine Danninger, the DPMA project manager, commented: "The introduction of the ALEPH library software, replacing our in-house system, will set a new standard for our information services group. With this system, we plan to improve access to information for our employees and be ready for our future needs."
ALEPH 500 is scheduled to go into production in September 2003, starting with 35 professional and 30 Web OPAC user licenses.
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 400 customers in 27 countries. As a component of an overall digital strategy, DigiTool, a solution for constructing digital collections, rounds out the Ex Libris product suite.