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Oak Ridge National Laboratory selects ALEPH 500, MetaLib

Press Release: Ex Libris [July 21, 2004]

Copyright (c) 2004 Ex Libris

Abstract: Ex Libris announced that the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Research Library has signed a contract to purchase ALEPH 500 as its next generation library management system, together with MetaLib as its information portal.

Ex Libris today announced that the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Research Library has signed a contract to purchase ALEPH 500™ as its next generation library management system, together with MetaLib® as its information portal. ORNL will be configuring its new ALEPH system for 15 staff users and 40 public users. ALEPH will replace the Library's current BASIS Techlib system. The ORNL Research Library is already a customer of SFX®, Ex Libris' award-winning context-sensitive linking solution. ORNL plans to implement MetaLib first, followed immediately by an implementation of ALEPH 500.

According to Bob Conrad, ORNL Library Director, “Our desire for an open system based on industry standards that would easily integrate with Oak Ridge National Laboratory's computing and information infrastructure was a key reason for selecting ALEPH 500 and MetaLib. It is also important to our library staff to select a library system that is a powerful, yet easy-to-use research tool for our researchers. We have been very pleased with the SFX product and customer support, and we believe ALEPH 500 and MetaLib will help move the library to another level of service and allow us to take advantage of future innovations.”

The ORNL Research Library comprises both a Central Research Library and an Environmental Sciences Library, serving the employees of ORNL across the Oak Ridge reservation in Oak Ridge, TN. The two libraries, each with its own area of specialization, form an interrelated system that enables researchers to have access to a broad spectrum of scientific and technical information. The Libraries combined have subscriptions to 3,800 journal titles, including over 1,000 full-text electronic journals, 77,000 books, and 250,000 technical reports in paper and over 1 million reports on microfiche.

In addition to ORNL, other United States national laboratories that are Ex Libris customers include Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories.

About Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (

was recently chosen to lead a partnership with a goal of building the world's most powerful supercomputer by 2007. Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) conducts basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen the nation's leadership in key areas of science; increase the availability of clean, abundant energy;

restore and protect the environment; and contribute to national security.

Since its inception in 1948 the ORNL Research Library has helped researchers compete for and carry out research of national importance. As a part of ORNL Communications and Community Outreach Directorate, the Library continues to provide a dynamic place for researchers to congregate and share ideas.

The Library is committed to innovation and continues to increase desktop access to library services through electronic journals, online databases, Web resource guides, and electronic request forms. The library staff provides specialized information services and maintains collections at five sites across the Oak Ridge reservation. Primary subject areas covered include nuclear technology, chemistry, physics, materials science, computer science, mathematics, engineering, and the biological and environmental sciences.

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.

For more information on Ex Libris, please link to or contact Michael Kaplan, Director, Product Management, Ex Libris, at (866) 232-0202 or via email at

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Publication Year:2004
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:July 21, 2004
Publisher:Ex Libris
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Company: Ex Libris
Products: ALEPH 500
Libraries: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Subject: System announcements -- selection
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Record Number:11028
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00