Jerusalem, Israel – December 18, 2008. Ex Libris Group is pleased to announce that California State Library has chosen a suite of solutions from Ex Libris. After carefully researching the current product offering, as well as the company’s long-term strategy, the Library has replaced its SirsiDynix DRA Classic system with the Aleph integrated library system. The Library has also selected the SFX® OpenURL link server and the MetaLib gateway and metasearch portal, both from Ex Libris.
"We found the Ex Libris suite of products to be well matched to the Library’s immediate product functionality requirements as well as for our future vision," Susan Hildreth, state librarian, commented. "In addition to using Aleph to manage the Library’s main print collection, Aleph will provide access to a picture catalog that incorporates images from the California History Room’s collection. Links from each bibliographic record provide online access to the images, which are stored outside of the ILS on another library server," added Hildreth. "Over the last few years electronic resources have become an ever-larger portion of the Library’s collection. We are confident that making e-resources more easily available through the superior linking technology of SFX and MetaLib federated search will enormously benefit the readers and researchers of California."
"Following a long and meticulous selection process, we are honored that California State Library has chosen a suite of Ex Libris products to widen the breadth of the services that it offers its citizens," commented Susan Pastore, vice president, sales, Ex Libris North America. "The Library judged the core strengths of Aleph, MetaLib, and SFX—scalability, support for large and diverse collections, and flexible architecture—to closely match the requirements of their long-term strategy."
About California State Library
California State Library (CSL) provides library services to the California state executive, legislative, and state officeholders and their staff, serving over 200,000 California state employees. In addition, CSL provides services to the general public through its public desks and through all libraries within the state via interlibrary loan. The Library’s collection of over 1.3 million bibliographic records includes books, magazines, newspapers, U.S. and California State and local government publications, maps, pamphlets, audio recordings, video recordings, CDs and DVDs, microfilm and microfiche, manuscript collections, photographs and other graphic images, realia, and ephemera.
For additional information on CSL, see http://www.library.ca.gov/.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic, national, and research libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will enable them to transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 70 countries on six continents.
Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables libraries to maximize productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.