Ex Libris (UK) and the University of Bath Library announced today that the University of Bath would be the first UK subscriber to the SFX application service provider (ASP) service, hosted by Ex Libris.
The ASP service will provide the University of Bath with all the features and flexibility of SFXwith the hardware maintenance and hosting managed by Ex Libris. KnowledgeBase and software updates, backups, and other aspects of support will be the responsibility of Ex Libris, and university staff, with support from Ex Libris when necessary, will handle local updates and customizations.
"We are pleased that the Company's ASP service is growing and that customers who want to minimize hardware costs are recognizing that Ex Libris can still help them," noted Julie Booth, Director of Ex Libris (UK) Ltd. "We look forward to working with the University of Bath in integrating SFX into their service to their end users."
Laurence Lockton, systems librarian at the University of Bath, commented, "The University of Bath is delighted to join the growing community of UK SFX users and to be the UK pioneer of the ASP service. One of the factors that attracted us to the ASP solution for SFX was the knowledge that we could outsource the hardware and hosting operations to Ex Libris without losing any of the opportunities for localizing the service and customizing it to the needs of our users."
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer and provider of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers. The ALEPH integrated library solution from Ex Libris has been installed at over 1250 sites in 51 countries. MetaLib, the information portal for library collections, and SFX, the context-sensitive linking server for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment, have been adopted by more than 670 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.