Ex Libris (USA) is pleased to announce that the State of Minnesota`s Library Planning Task Force, a 22 member body composed of citizens and library and state agency representatives, has selected the ALEPH 500 System for the Minnesota Library Information Network (MnLINK). This action provides a recommendation to the Minnesota Higher Education Services Offices, the body that received the State funding to pursue the MnLINK project. The MnLINK consortium and information system is a collaborative effort among libraries throughout the state to improve the quality of education, research, and economic development in Minnesota by connecting people, libraries, and information in a network of unparalleled sophistication and efficiency.
MnLINK is a statewide virtual library composed of both an Integrated Library System (ILS), and a Gateway. ALEPH 500 will provide a shared library automation system for libraries within the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota State Colleges and University System, and state government. It is also planned to permit participation by interested public libraries, private higher education institutions and K-12 schools. The MnLINK Gateway is a mechanism to facilitate electronic access to a multitude of different types of library resources, including online access to 17 other major automated library systems in the state, representing five other automation vendors. A signed contract is anticipated by the end of the year and the first installed libraries to use ALEPH will go live in June 2002.
Ken Behringer, MnLINK Executive Director, noted during the final analysis that, "Our Vendor Evaluation Team (VET2) determined that Ex Libris was the best choice to meet our demanding performance and functionality requirements while also providing a model which placed significant value on the autonomy of the individual member library. In receiving this recommendation from the VET2, members of the Library Planning Task Force perceived that more libraries would be comfortable with flexibility for the individual member library. ALEPH 500 was chosen as it clearly supported this concept."
According to Carl Grant, President of Ex Libris (USA), "the ALEPH architecture will enable MnLINK to provide Minnesotans a truly state of the art, virtual electronic catalog that will allow students, faculty, teachers, researchers, and citizens direct access to a collection of published knowledge far larger than available locally."
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer of high performance applications for libraries and information centers. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, is now in over 530 installations in 41 countries. Ex Libris has offices located around the world.
For more information about the MnLINK Project, please see: www.mnlink.org.