The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven) has decided to replace their DOBIS/LIBIS system with ALEPH 500. Professor Marc Vervenne, Vice-Rector and Chairman of the Library Council, Professor Vic Goedseels, General Administrator of K.U.Leuven, and Matti Shem Tov, President and CEO of Ex Libris, signed the contract in Leuven today. The project implementation is already well underway and is slated to be completed by early 2005. Said Professor Vervenne, We chose ALEPH 500 after a very thorough selection process, from which ALEPH clearly emerged as the system best suited to bringing our library and information services in tune with the high educational and research ambitions of our university. The Ex Libris software will also be used to serve the LIBIS network (LIBIS-Net) including several academic institutions and specialised libraries such as the Belgian Parliament, the Flemish Parliament, and KBC Banking and Insurance. We also have an option under which we shall acquire Ex Libris' MetaLib portal software and SFX context-sensitive referencing tool. We really look forward to this partnership with Ex Libris.
Matti Shem Tov commented on this major win: We are extremely proud to welcome the K.U. Leuven as both the oldest and youngest member of the ALEPH community--oldest among academic institutions and youngest in terms of Ex Libris history. We are particularly gratified to be working with the highly professional and respected team of K.U.Leuven librarians and IT professionals, in the place where the renowned, mainframe-based DOBIS/LIBIS library system was developed and commercialised over 25 years ago. Ex Libris has successfully supported the migration of DOBIS-LIBIS sites in Germany, Italy and Switzerland to ALEPH. We look forward to a smooth project implementation and ongoing co-operation with K.U.Leuven. K.U.Leuven intends to establish close contacts with neighbouring institutions using ALEPH.
About Katholieke Universiteit Leuven:
Situated at the heart of Western Europe, near Brussels in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, K.U.Leuven has been a centre of learning for almost six centuries. Founded in 1425, K.U.Leuven bears the honour of being the oldest Catholic University in the world still in existence and the oldest university in the Low Countries. In a short time it has grown into one of the largest and most renowned universities in Europe. A European survey ranks K.U.Leuven among the top ten European universities in terms of its scientific output. On the teaching side, several quality surveys demonstrate that K.U.Leuven is on par with internationally respected institutions in a large number of fields. K.U.Leuven is Belgium's largest university. It caters to more than 29,000 students, 12% of who are international students (from 138 nations). In addition, the university annually receives around 800 international exchange students. Its students are served by an academic corps of over 4,500 members and an administrative and technical staff of about 2,500. K.U.Leuven's concern for public health is embodied in five university hospitals and three affiliated hospitals, housing some 7,000 staff members and 2,000 beds. The university is composed of 14 faculties, 50 departments and about 240 research units.
The University Library consists of the Central Library, two Campus Libraries and nine Faculty Libraries. Today, the Library houses a total of 4,500,000 volumes and about 15,000 periodicals. The library collections, including a treasure of ancient books and maps, were painstakingly rebuilt after being reduced to ashes in World War I and again during World War II. Since 1977 the K.U.Leuven also houses the LIBIS network (LIBIS-Net), the largest library network in Belgium holding almost 4.5 million volumes.
For more information on the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, please visit www.kuleuven.ac.be.
For more information on the LIBIS network, please visit www.libis.be.
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 1250 sites in 51 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 550 institutions in 31 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.