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Ontario Consortium in Canada Selects SFX

Press Release: Ex Libris [June 08, 2004]

Copyright (c) 2004 Ex Libris

Abstract: Ex Libris announced that the Ontario Council of University Libraries in Canada has selected SFX to provide linking services for all 20 OCUL members. The OCUL SFX system will be hosted at the University of Toronto.

Ex Libris is pleased to announce that the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) in Canada has selected SFX®, the original link server, to provide linking services for all 20 OCUL members. The OCUL SFX system will be hosted at the University of Toronto.

“The OCUL members see SFX as an integral part of the Ontario Scholars Portal services,” commented Leslie Weir, chair of the OCUL Scholarly Information Resources project. “SFX will facilitate linking to over 6,000,000 journal articles from the more than 4,500 electronic journals available through one of the Scholars Portal systems. Research, teaching, and learning by faculty and students of the 20 Ontario universities will be enhanced through the capabilities of SFX.”

“We are simply delighted to welcome the distinguished members of OCUL to our SFX customer base,” commented Oren Beit-Arie, president of the Ex Libris Information Services Division, which is responsible for SFX. “The University of Toronto has led the way in the deployment of many new digital library technologies—including link servers—and we are pleased that they and the OCUL consortium recognize the tremendous value of SFX as a core component in their digital library.”

“As one of the development partners with Elsevier on the new SCOPUS product, the University of Toronto Library will be working with Elsevier and Ex Libris to make the SCOPUS product SFX capable,” commented Marshall Clinton, Director of Information Technology Services for the University of Toronto Libraries. “By bringing together these two powerful tools, the discovery and retrieval of scholarly resources will be easier than ever before.”

The OCUL membership comprises the following institutions, representing a range of library management systems:

  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • Guelph, University of*
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University
  • McMaster University*
  • Nipissing University
  • Ontario College of Art & Design
  • Ontario Institute of Technology, University of
  • Ottawa, University of
  • Queen's University*
  • Royal Military College of Canada
  • Ryerson University
  • Toronto, University of*
  • Trent University
  • Waterloo, University of*
  • Western Ontario, University of
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Windsor, University of
  • York University*

*ARL members

With their acquisition of the SFX link server, these OCUL members join the University of Alberta, the University of Saskatchewan, and Université Laval, which also purchased SFX this year. Other Ex Libris customers in Canada include the following institutions:

  • Brandon University (ALEPH 500)
  • McGill University (ALEPH 500, SFX)
  • Université de Montréal (SFX)
  • University of British Columbia (SFX)
  • University of Calgary (SFX)
  • University of Manitoba (SFX)

The University of Calgary and the University of Manitoba are among the growing number of SFX customers that have opted for the Ex Libris–hosted SFX subscription service.

About OCUL

Established in 1967, OCUL has a long history of collaboration and cooperation among its member institutions. OCUL's Ontario Scholars Portal initiative supports more than 350,000 faculty members and students at Ontario universities by drawing together, in a unified framework, access to electronic full-text resources, index and abstract databases, numerical and statistical data, and geospatial data. Together, the holdings of the 20 Ontario university libraries include over 31,000,000 volumes. Access to and delivery of items in these collections are facilitated through a consortium-wide interlibrary loan and document-delivery system.

For more information on the Ontario Scholars Portal, please link to or contact Alan Darnell, Director, Scholarly Information Resources project, at 416-946-7706, or via e-mail at

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 1250 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 600 customers in 31 countries. The DigiTool solution for constructing digital collections as components of an overall digital strategy rounds out the Ex Libris product suite.

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Publication Year:2004
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:June 08, 2004
Publisher:Ex Libris
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Company: Ex Libris
Products: SFX
Libraries: Ontario Council of University Libraries
Subject: System announcements -- selection
Record Number:10938
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00