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Remarkable success with ALEPH in Sweden

Press Release: Ex Libris [April 25, 1999]

Copyright (c) 1999 Ex Libris

ICL Denmark A/S, Ex-Libris' exclusive distributor in Scandinavia, summarises the first quarter of 1999 by winning six new contracts:

Swedish Film Institute

The Library of the Royal Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities

Astra - the Scandinavian pharmaceutical group with UK and US branches

Nordic Africa Institute

Mid Sweden University

Swedish Agricultural University Library (upgrade from ALEPH300)

This brings to nine the number of ALEPH500 awards in Sweden since the end of 1997, including the prestigious libraries of the Royal Library and Umeå University Library.

All institutions are modernising their library management systems as part of facility improvements and upgrades from heterogeneous modular software components. This will enable the libraries to meet the ever more sophisticated user demands being placed upon them; allow expansion to cater for any increase in user numbers and enables the institutes to modernise the library to the level required, providing the services expected in a modern organisation.

Libraries will go live in Q3 and Q4 1999, taking all modules into operation together with an interface to the Swedish union catalogue LIBRIS.

The Swedish Film Institute

This special library for film, established in 1963, is open to everyone. Its collection covers film both as an art form and as an industry. One can find literature of film genre, theory, film industry, film production, cinemas and biographies on actors and directors. The journal collection covers periodicals from the days of the silent movie into our modern era.

The Library of the Royal Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities

The Library of the Royal Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities is part of The National Heritage Board. It is a special library in archaeology, medieval art and architecture, numismatics and Sweden's cultural heritage and its protection and preservation. The library is open for students and researchers in the Stockholm area.

The National Heritage Board is the central administrative authority in Sweden for protection and preservation of the national cultural heritage.

The Nordic Africa Institute

The library at Nordiska Afrikainstitutet (The Nordic Africa Institute, NAI) specialises in contemporary Africa. The holdings cover the entire continent with emphasis on modern history, politics, education, economics, and other social sciences as well as African fiction.

NAI was founded in 1962. It serves as a research, documentation and information centre on modern Africa for the Nordic countries. It is financed jointly by the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) and governed by a Programme and Research Council.


Astra, the international pharmaceutical company based in Sweden, has signed a contract with ICL Denmark on February 5, 1999 to purchase the library management system ALEPH 500. The system will be used at six company libraries, three in Sweden and one in each of the UK, United States and Canada. These libraries will access the system on one server based in Södertälje, Sweden. Book catalogues, searching and Web and Windows interfaces will be operational by May 26, 1999. Astra chose ALEPH 500 because of its innovative structure, its modern Web interface, its strong search capabilities and its handling of Swedish characters.

Mid Sweden University

This ALEPH 500 installation will include the Mid University Library, the Public Library of Härnösand and the Regional Library of Västernorrland. It will be the first networked ALEPH500 installation containing both academic and public libraries and a unique library network will be available to the region.

Mid Sweden University is a multi-campus network university with centres in several cities. It was established on July 1, 1993, when the University Colleges of Sundsvall/Härnösand and Östersund were merged. On July 1, 1995, the Sundsvall/Örnsköldsvik and Sundsvall Colleges of Health Sciences were also incorporated.

The university offers more than 70 study programmes and approximately 500 single-subject courses. There are approximately 950 employees at the university, 460 of whom are involved in teaching, and 12,000 students, of whom approximately 150 are doctoral students.

Swedish Agricultural University Library (SLUB)

SLUB has been an ALEPH300 customer since 1992 and has now decided to migrate to ALEPH500. The contract was awarded in full competition with other vendors and ICL will deliver a common library system solution for the SLUB decentralised organisation.

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Publication Year:1999
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:April 25, 1999
Publisher:Ex Libris
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Company: Ex Libris
Products: ALEPH 500
Libraries: Swedish Film Institute
Library of the Royal Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities
Nordic Africa Institute
Mid Sweden University
Swedish Agricultural University
Subject: System announcements -- selection
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Record Number:3416
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00