Ex Libris (Deutschland) GmbH, the German subsidiary of Ex Libris Ltd., is pleased to announce that since the start of the year, four important institutions in quite different application areas, have chosen ALEPH 500 as their new library automation and management systems.
The Max Plank Institutes (MPI) for economic research, chemical ecology and bio-geochemistry at Jena are also migrating from BIS-LOK to ALEPH 500. They will operate as a consortium with each having their own administrative database, allowing for independent cataloging, circulation and acquisitions and the possibility for all users to access the common central catalog via the ALEPH Web OPAC.
These institutes are part of the prestigious Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Sciences (MPG), a non-profit research organization founded in 1948 and named after the famous theoretical physicist Max Planck (1858-1947), who in 1918 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for his work on the quantum theory. The MPG is the roof organization for currently 100 MPIs (research institutes, laboratories and workgroups). These are carrying out basic research in selected, but steadily expanding, fields in natural, human and social sciences. They cooperate closely with a number of universities, also granting these institutions access to the Max Planck facilities and main-frame computers. See www.rzg.mpg.de for more information.
The Academy for Motion Pictures and Television (HFF) at Potsdam is replacing its BIS-LOK system (also from Ex Libris-Germany) with ALEPH 500 in conjunction with its move to new premises. The software upgrade will be completed by mid-2001. A little later, the HFF library is to be connected to the ALEPH network at the KOBV in Berlin-Brandenburg.
The Library of the Ruhr-Foundation in Bochum will be the first of several institutions in the Land of Nordrhein-Westfalen to install ALEPH 500 locally and tie up, via a Z39.50 gateway, with the ALEPH-based HBZ Consortium (see our earlier release on HBZ). The library of the Ruhr Foundation, combining three formerly independent academic libraries and working closely with the Ruhr University at Bochum, was solemnly inaugurated in November of last year.
The Center for Advanced European Studies and Research (Caesar) in the former capital city of Bonn have, in their own words, opted for ALEPH 500 as one of the most modern library automation systems, enabling their numerous external researchers to have direct access to the catalog, along with enhanced remote services such as items booking, reservation, prolongation etc. Serving a mostly English-speaking patrons community, the Caesar library will be equipped with the English version of ALEPH in MARC format.
The system marketed by Ex Libris, called ALEPH, is now in over 500 installations with more than 17,000 concurrent users in 41 countries. Ex Libris is a multi-national company with offices located around the world.