Boston, MA - September 14, 2004 -- Ex Libris has announced that Pennsylvania State University selected the combined MetaLib/SFX solution for federated searching and context-sensitive linking for the entire Pennsylvania State University system, with a contract signed July 30, 2004. The Penn State system consists of the University Libraries in University Park and 22 other PSU libraries located at campuses throughout the state. Penn State, with an enrollment of approximately 83,000 students, joins the California State University system and the University of Wisconsin systems among Ex Libris' largest statewide MetaLib/SFX systems. Penn State had its SFX training the week of September 6, 2004, plans to go live for all campuses the first week of October.
According to Dean of University Libraries Nancy L. Eaton, "The addition of linking features and federated search to our library system [Sirsi] have been high priorities of staff for over a year. Staff are eager to add these capabilities for our users."
"The Pennsylvania State University's decision to select MetaLib/SFX demonstrates the continuing success of these leading-edge products," comment Susan M. Pastore, Ex Libris Vice President, Sales. "With the addition of Penn State, SFX is now the link resolver of choice at 8 of the 12 CIC Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) member libraries, and MetaLib has been selected at 5 of the 12 institutions. Among the wider ARL community, the numbers are 69 of 123 for SFX (56%) and 31 of 123 (25%) for MetaLib. Their dominance in the world of large consortia is overwhelming. This is a phenomenal track record for products that have been in the market for only 3 years and 2 years, respectively."
About Pennsylvania State University
The Pennsylvania State University (www.psu.edu) was established in 1855 and continues as a state-related institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with its primary campus, University Park, located in State College, PA. It is a major research institution currently enrolling approximately 83,000 students in a broad range of academic programs. The University Libraries (www.libraries.psu.edu) are a major resource for students, faculty, staff, and researchers in all fields of study, as well as for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. According to recent Association of Research Libraries (ARL) statistics, the Libraries rank 11th in total materials expenditures, 15th for collection size, and 16th in circulation of materials among research libraries in North America. The collections contain over 4.6 million volumes, about 56,000 serial subscriptions, over 5 million microforms, as well as growing collections of 15,000 digital resources comprising electronic databases, electronic journals and other resources.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris (www.exlibrisgroup.com) 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 660 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