December 8, 2003—London—Ex Libris (UK) is pleased to announce that the University of Dundee has chosen to implement the ALEPH 500, MetaLib, and SFX products. The University of Dundee, Ex Libris' third customer in Scotland (joining Napier University and EDINA), is the fifth United Kingdom University to migrate from a Dynix system to ALEPH 500.
“ALEPH 500, MetaLib and SFX bring our vision of a 21st century Learning Centre a step closer. Our library users need seamless access to both traditional and electronic resources, and in partnership with Ex Libris we'll be in a strong position to provide this. This is an exciting time for the Library and for the University,” commented John Bagnall, University Librarian.
“Our continued success in Scotland delights me,” says Julie Booth, Managing Director, Ex Libris (UK). “We look forward to a successful implementation and to a long and successful partnership with the University.”
About the University of Dundee
The University of Dundee is growing fast in both size and reputation. Broadly-based, it has performed extremely well in both teaching and research assessment exercises, has spawned a range of spinout companies to exploit its research and has a model wider-access programme. Distance learning—especially in medical related areas—is burgeoning right across the world and now accounts for one in six students. An ambitious project to explore the creation of an international virtual medical school involving all five Scottish medical schools is led by Dundee.
The University received the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for higher education institutions in 1998, has three of the 20 most cited scientists in the United Kingdom—the only Scottish university included—and three "biomedical" knights.
The University of Dundee has nearly 12,500 students (including 2,000 part-time and 1,700 distance learning) across six faculties. Some 67% are from Scotland, 20% from elsewhere in the United Kingdom, 5% from other European Union countries and 8% from outside the European Union. It has traditionally been popular with Northern Ireland students who currently make up around 8% of the student body. Mature students account for about 20% of the student enrollment.
Highest profile areas are the life sciences and medicine where world-class research into areas such as cancer and diabetes is yielding results. And in art and design the faculty of Duncan of Jordanstone College has won itself an international reputation.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer and provider of high-performance applications for libraries, information centres and researchers. Ex Libris' ALEPH integrated library solution has been installed at over 800 sites and consortia in 50 countries. MetaLib, the information portal for library collections, and SFX, the context-sensitive link server for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment, have been adopted by more than 450 institutions in 30 countries. The DigiTool product, for the construction of digital collections as a component of an overall digital strategy, rounds out the Ex Libris product suite.