Datinfor, the exclusive distributor of Ex Libris products in Portugal, is pleased to announce that the Fundação Minerva of Portugal will use the MetaLib library portal and DigiTool, the digital asset management product, to achieve its goal of creating a centralized access point for the citizens of Portugal to all European information. MetaLib, together with the award-winning SFX link resolver, will enable users to discover and access academic and scientific documentation regarding European matters from a single point. Results will include information currently scattered in diverse public and private institutions. In order to further facilitate access to this information, and to ensure its preservation, a substantial part of it will be archived in the DigiTool digital repository,
The Fundação Minerva will further use DigiTool for the automatic download of information existing on pre-selected servers, specifically those at several European information centers and will allow for the direct deposit of information by Portuguese institutions into the repository. While a majority of the documents being issued currently are produced in electronic format, older documents--that exist solely in hard copy--will be digitized and archived to guarantee their preservation.
"We are very pleased that the Fundação Minerva has chosen these additional Ex Libris products to enhance the services offered by its libraries," says Manuel Arriaga of Datinfor. "The management of the three libraries that make up the Lusiada Universities Cooperative – the University of Lisbon, the University of Porto, and the University of Famalicao - which houses a very large collection of multimedia resources is currently handled with ALEPH 500. This purchase reflects the institution's satisfaction with our products and service."
About the Fundacão Minerva
Fundação Minerva for Culture, Education and Scientific Research was created in 2003 by Portuguese legislative decree, converting the Lusiada University Cooperative into an educational, degree-granting foundation. For further information on the Fundação Minerva, please see: www.lis.ulusiada.pt.
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 1500 sites in 62 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 collectively been purchased by 900 institutions in 36 countries. DigiTool, a solution for the construction of digital collections, and Verde, the new electronic resource management (ERM) system, round out the Ex Libris product suite.