Ex Libris announced that the Florida State University Libraries have selected DigiTool as the centerpiece and foundation for their growing digital library collections. Florida State University joins the growing ranks of institutions that have chosen DigiTool to manage their digital collections and repositories. According to Althea Jenkins, Director of University Libraries, "We chose DigiTool for its flexibility for working with our digital collections and for its capacity to integrate with our SFX and MetaLib systems."
Robert McDonald, Assistant Director of Libraries for Technology, noted that at Florida State University "...we were very impressed that this digital access management system works with our Linux computing environment. It offers an overall economy of scale for our technology budget both in terms of maintenance and systems administration."
Michael Kaplan, Director of Product Management for Ex Libris, commented, "We have been working with the staff at Florida State on MetaLib and SFX for two years already, and we know that they are a visionary, can-do institution. We are delighted to welcome them to the DigiTool family of libraries and are keen to have them mount and deliver their splendid digital collections via DigiTool."
Charles Thomas, Head FSU Digital Library Center, added, "We are looking forward to using DigiTool to host our D-Scholarship Institutional Repository Program (dscholarship.lib.fsu.edu). The power of DigiTool to manage the complex relationships among our heterogeneous digital collections is important to our overall digital library strategy."
About Florida State University
Florida State University, a senior member of the group of 10 state universities that comprise the State University System of Florida, has its main campus in Tallahassee. Total enrollment of FSU for the Fall 2003 stood at 37,328. The student body is 78.5 percent undergraduate, 18.4 percent graduate students, and 3.1 percent unclassified. FSU has 17 major academic divisions that offer courses of study in 26 major disciplines. FSU has built a reputation as a strong research institution in both the sciences and the humanities. Private foundations, industries, and government agencies all provide funding to support research at FSU. In 1994, FSU was accorded the status of Research I University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, an elite distinction that recognizes the University's strengths in doctoral programs and federal funding. The Florida State University Libraries, a member of the Association of Research Libraries, hold in excess of 2.5 million books and bound journal volumes, 6.8 million microforms, and subscribe to more than 17,000 serial publications.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer and provider of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers and researchers. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, has been installed at over 1250 sites and consortia in over 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 purchased by more than 600 institutions in 32 countries. DigiTool, a solution for constructing digital collections, and the new Verde Electronic Resource Management (ERM) system round out the Ex Libris product suite.