Chicago, Illinois. Ex Libris (USA) Inc. announced today that McGill University has signed a contract for the installation of an ALEPH 500™ system. McGill is a major North American university with an international focus. The McGill University Library System is comprised of sixteen individual libraries. McGill University Libraries are active members of the Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec network of libraries, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, as well as the Center for Research Libraries.
The ALEPH 500 system will replace a NOTIS system. In selecting ALEPH 500, Frances Groen, Director of Libraries said, "We were looking for a system that would reflect the international aspects of our university. This included not only superior multi-lingual capabilities, but also a sophisticated design that would enable us to realize our future goals with regard to worldwide access of information resources. We see the ALEPH 500 system as the cornerstone of our digital library efforts and as an intelligent gateway for users who are dealing with global information resources."
McGill University Libraries are very proud that one of Canada's major benefactors, Mr. Seymour Schulich, BSc'61, MBA'65 has made a generous donation which makes the installation of the new system possible
Bruce Pennycook, McGill's Vice-Principal (Information Systems & Technology) is very enthusiastic, " McGill is in the midst of replacing most of its administrative systems with new network and web-based systems. Aleph 500 is the perfect complement to our IT directions on campus"
Serving over 29,000 students, McGill's collections number over 3 million volumes. "We are very pleased to have been selected at McGill," said Carl Grant, President of Ex Libris (USA) Inc. "This selection further validates for North American research libraries that they have options, particularly when they are looking for a system with state-of-the-art sophistication and superior capabilities for dealing with global information.
The system marketed by Ex Libris, called ALEPH, is now in over 450 installations with more than 16,000 concurrent users in 40 countries. Ex Libris is a multi-national company with offices located around the world.