September 3, 2003 – Chicago – Ex Libris (USA) announced today that the Duke University libraries—Perkins Library and its 7 campus branches, plus Pearse Memorial Library at the Duke Marine Laboratory and the independently administered libraries of Divinity, Law, Medicine, and Business (Ford)—have contracted with Ex Libris for its flagship ALEPH500™ integrated library system, for the virtual gateway MetaLib, and for Ex Libris award-winning, context-sensitive linking tool, SFX. Duke University began its selection process in September 2002 and in June 2003 the selection committee forwarded a unanimous recommendation for the Ex Libris family of products. The Duke University libraries plans to go live with ALEPH in Summer 2004. Following implementation, Duke University—which presently uses a combination of older library systems both within the Perkins complex and in several of the independent libraries—will enjoy all the benefits of having in ALEPH a single, truly integrated library management system, as well as all the portal and linking benefits that will accrue from the adoption of MetaLib and SFX.
Duke University, located in Durham, NC, fully expects that the Ex Libris suite of products will “…substantially enhance access to library and research resources in digital and non-digital form…The Ex Libris ALEPH500 system will lead to improvements in library acquisitions…and is the foundation for library services such as interlibrary loan and electronic reserves. [It will support] direct linkages, when available, to electronic versions of books and journals. ALEPH500 will provide tools for new digital library services to the public, including the ability to use non-Roman scripts (e.g., Chinese and Hebrew characters) and a host of ‘patron empowerment' tools that will let users manage their library services online.
”According to Russell McDonald, Vice President of Sales for Ex Libris (USA), “We are thrilled that Duke University has decided to adopt ALEPH500, MetaLib, and SFX for their next generation library management system and for their portal and linking solutions. We're already well into the ILS conversion and implementation phase and are looking forward to their going live with all 3 of our Ex Libris products.”
About Duke University
Duke University is one of the largest academic/research libraries in North America. Its combined collections contain over 4.5 million volumes, 11 million manuscripts, and 2 million public documents. The libraries support the University's international focus and global strengths in area studies, including extensive research collections from and about South Asia, Latin America, Africa, Europe, Russia, and Poland, as well as the largest collection of Canadiana in the United States. Duke has significant collections in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean languages on topics as diverse as history, politics, literature, and language.
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 and consortia in over 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 collectively been purchased by more than 450 sites in 26 countries. As a component of an overall digital strategy, DigiTool, a solution for constructing digital collections, rounds out the Ex Libris product suite.