Oxford, UK -- October 3, 2007. Ex Libris (UK) is pleased to announce that following an extremely rapid implementation process, the Company's award-winning SFX link resolver is now operational at the Oxford University Library Services (OULS). The OULS has introduced SFX to manage the university's extremely large e-collection--consisting of over 22,500 e-journals and an extensive collection of e-books.
The Times Higher World University Rankings 2006 (http://www.thes.co.uk/worldrankings/) cites Oxford University as one of the top ten universities worldwide. With the addition of the OULS to the Ex Libris customer community, the Company's solutions are now running at all of the top ten universities in this ranking.
The OULS has chosen to implement the well established SFX subscription service, in which Ex Libris provides all product hardware, software, and system support and maintenance. The service greatly reduces staff resources that were previously allocated to supporting e-resource management, so now the same library staff can focus on customizing SFX to conform to the unique workflows and look-and-feel guidelines of the OULS.
Alice Keller, Head of Collection Management at the OULS, said: "After making dramatic improvements to the collection of e-journals at Oxford University?both current and back files?during the last three years, it was time to make analogous improvements to the discovery and access tool. I am confident that SFX offers great advantages compared to the previous system. It is encouraging to see that electronic resources are becoming more and more straightforward to use."
"We are honored to welcome Oxford University Library Services to the Ex Libris community," commented Julie Booth, managing director of Ex Libris UK. "The implementation of SFX at Oxford University was quick and efficient. Barely a month after initial all-staff training, the system went into production. The implementation adhered to the rapid timetable despite the academic summer vacation period, when many of the staff members were away from the university. We very much look forward to enjoying a collaborative relationship with the OULS."
About Oxford University Library Services
Oxford University includes over 100 libraries, making it the largest university library system in the United Kingdom. The combined collections of the OULS number more than 11 million printed items, in addition to vast quantities of materials in many other formats.
For additional information on the OULS, see www.ouls.ox.ac.uk.
About Ex Libris Group
Ex Libris Group is a leading worldwide developer and provider of high-performance applications for libraries, information centres, 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.