The Ex Libris Group is pleased to announce that Moscow-based ProSoft-M, part of the Electronic Archive Corporation (ELAR), has been named exclusive distributor of Ex Libris products in Russia. ProSoft-M will be responsible for sales and customer support for the full range of Ex Libris software products – the ALEPH 500 integrated library system, the SFX context-sensitive link resolver, the MetaLib® library portal, DigiTool for digital asset management, and the Verde electronic resource management system.
"We see ALEPH 500 as a vital product for Russian central, regional and university libraries – based on its global presence and proven 20 year history in educational and cultural institutions worldwide. We expect that the Ex Libris suite of products, coupled with ProSoft-M's experience with large information systems, will prove essential in answering the complex needs of Russia's most advanced libraries," said ELAR Vice President, Dmitry Shcherbachev, on the partnership agreement.
Marc Daubach, Corporate Vice President of International Sales at Ex Libris, added: "The success of penetrating regional markets depends largely on a first-rate local partner. We are very pleased to begin work with ProSoft-M, whose experience in the Russian library and information market is highly regarded. Ex Libris and ProSoft-M are looking forward to a close cooperation, and a rapid expansion of the Ex Libris client base in Russia."
Established in 1992 as ProSoft-M Co., Electronic Archive Corp. (ELAR) is the leading provider of projects and services for creating electronic information resources in Russia. ELAR manufactures and delivers specialized professional equipment and systems to governmental, commercial, educational and cultural organizations and manages its own digitization center for converting documents for databases and electronic archives. ELAR specializes in large-scale projects, both in Russia and internationally, and has over 650 employees. One of the traditional business directions for ELAR and ProSoft-M is the provision of integrated solutions and services for libraries. The company has been a member of the Russian Library Association since 1996.
For more information on the Electronic Archive Corporation, please see www.elar.com
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 more than 900 institutions in 36 countries. DigiTool, a solution for the construction of digital collections, and Verde, the new electronic resource management (ERM) system, complete the Ex Libris product suite.