Boston, MA -- June 23, 2005. Ex Libris (USA) is pleased to announce that the Illinois Library Computer Systems Organization (ILCSO) has selected SFX to be the consortium's link resolver. ILCSO is comprised of 65 libraries, which include 31 universities, 17 colleges, 10 community colleges, and 7 seminary or special libraries. ILCSO's site license will cover all 65 ILCSO libraries, which will have the option of running SFX centrally on the ILCSO server or installing it locally.
“With this contract we demonstrate once again that SFX is not only the industry's leading link resolver, it is also the industry's only link resolver that can fit all models, from the single site to the complex consortium, and everything in between,” commented Dan Trajman, President, Ex Libris, Inc. “Not only that, but we have now reached a new milestone: more than 800 libraries worldwide have become SFX customers in the 5 years since Ex Libris acquired the SFX technology and introduced the concept of link servers and the OpenURL. SFX's continuing dominance in the heterogeneous library marketplace shows how well it has proved its ability to be integrated into a wide range of system environments.”
ILCSO began their implementation in late May. More than half of their sites will implement SFX this summer, with the rest to follow before the end of the year.
The Illinois Library Computer Systems Organization (ILCSO, www.ilcso.uiuc.edu) is a consortium of sixty-five Illinois libraries that share an online union catalog, ILLINET Online. The mission of ILCSO is to enhance and expand access to and effectively utilize information resources through collaborative partnerships among ILCSO members and with the Illinois library community. ILCSO membership includes the libraries of each state-supported university, thirty-six private colleges and universities, thirteen community colleges, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, the Newberry Library, and the Illinois State Library.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris (www.exlibrisgroup.com) 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 51 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 830 customers in 36 countries. The DigiTool solution for constructing digital collections and Verde, the new electronic resource management (ERM) system, round out the Ex Libris product suite.