Tokyo, Japan -- June 21, 2007. USACO Corp., Ex Libris Group's Japanese distributor, is pleased to announce that the Keio University, one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in Japan, has chosen the Verde Electronic Resource Management solution and SFX context-sensitive link resolver--both by Ex Libris. Joining a community of over 15 Japanese institutions running Ex Libris systems, Keio University is the first to implement Verde.
"Keio University has invested a great deal of time in finding a solution to manage and provide proper access to the institution's ever-increasing number of electronic resources," commented Mr. Yasuyuki Satoh, manager of technical and information technology services, Media Center Head Office, Keio University. "Clearly it is no longer possible to handle subscription data for a multiple-campus environment in a large Excel sheet. We strongly believe that the purpose of electronic resource management is to provide appropriate navigation for end users as well as services for library staff. We envision that the combination of these two excellent products--Verde and SFX from a single vendor--is the best match for this objective."
"Keio University was the one of the Japanese institutions that expressed the greatest need for an ERM system," explained Mr. Yutaka Masuda of USACO Corp. "I am honored that the university has chosen Verde and SFX."
"We are very excited about this new contract with Keio University," remarked Mr. Oded Scharfstein, vice president, Asia Pacific at Ex Libris. "Ex Libris Group has enjoyed a long and collaborative association with Keio University, which we are pleased, has been realized by the choice of our products to manage the institution's growing electronic resource collection."
About Keio University
Japan's very first private institution of higher learning, Keio University dates back to the formation of a school for Dutch studies in 1858 in Edo (now Tokyo). Keio has since risen to the forefront of innovation, emerging as a social leader in all of the academic fields which it offers. Keio students strive to develop the leadership qualities that will enable them to make valuable contributions to tomorrow's society. The University's system of Media Centers (libraries) constitutes one of the foremost academic information storehouses in Japan. The combined Keio Media Center libraries house over 4.2 million books and publications.
For additional information on Keio University, see http://www.keio.ac.jp/index-en.html.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris Group is a leading worldwide developer and provider of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers, with installations around the globe. The Group's flagship ALEPH 500 and Voyager integrated library solutions are in use at over 3,000 sites worldwide. Other products from the Ex Libris suite, deployed at more than 1,300 sites, focus on the digital library and offer state-of-the-art, user-centric solutions for managing and providing informed access to electronic resources and digital assets.