The Ex Libris group is pleased to announce the establishment of a wholly owned subsidiary in Australia -- Ex Libris (Australia) Pty Ltd -- the group's fifth subsidiary. Located in Melbourne, the new office is the sales and marketing center for Australia and New Zealand and will eventually fulfill the role of support center for local customers. The Australian office joins the growing Ex Libris network of subsidiaries and distributors, which spans 18 countries on four continents.
"The decision to open an Australian subsidiary," said Ex Libris Chairman Azriel Morag, "was strongly influenced by the company's recent successes in other competitive library automation markets, such as the US and the UK. The Australian market is not dissimilar to those and has demonstrated a need for state-of-the-art library automation such as ALEPH 500 and ALEPH Cluster. ALEPH's support of Unicode and CJK also means that we now meet a major requirement for the entire Asian and Australian region."
The newly appointed general manager of the Australian subsidiary, Mr. Michael McLellan, recently relocated from the Ex Libris office in London. After training as a librarian in Australia, Mr. McLellan moved to the United Kingdom. He spent 17 years working in the library automation industry there and helped establish the UK Ex Libris office, where he served as sales manager. Mr. McLellan commented, "I'm glad to be back home and am looking forward to using my experience from the European market to bring the most modern in library automation to Australia. When it comes to using IT, and particularly connectivity issues, libraries and librarians in Australia and New Zealand have had to be imaginative. In ALEPH500 I believe they will find a system that, through its unique system architecture, matches this imagination especially when it comes to connectivity, resource sharing and the whole digital library concept."