November 15, 2000 - Chicago, IL. The Harvard University Library has reached agreement with Ex Libris (USA) for the purchase and installation of Aleph 500 in the Harvard University libraries. The contract was signed on November 15, 2000 during the Harvard University Librarian's lunch amidst thunderous applause.
Founded in 1638, the Harvard University Library is the oldest library in the United States and the largest academic library in the world. The collections, housed in more than 90 libraries, contain nearly 13 million volumes as well as manuscripts, microforms, maps, photographs, databases, and other materials. Most of these are in Cambridge, Mass and Boston. Other locations include Washington, D.C., and Florence, Italy. The major component of the University Library is the Harvard College Library, which consists of the 11 major units of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, including the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library in Harvard Yard. There are also libraries in academic departments, institutes, and the undergraduate Houses.
Azriel Morag, Chairman of Ex Libris, said, "We are deeply honored to have been selected by Harvard. We consider this a tremendous affirmation of our years of effort in developing a library system that could be flexible and scalable enough to meet the needs of a range of libraries, including the largest library in higher education."
Carl Grant, President of Ex Libris (USA), said, "We are very excited about entering into a partnership with Harvard. They performed a long, thorough investigation and the result proves that our efforts in building a robust system reinforced by strong support and attention to customer collaboration have worked."
Implementation planning has already begun with a target of installing all functions of Aleph 500 in the summer of 2002. The system will serve 600 staff and 500 PAC users and will run on SUN equipment.
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 540 installations in 42 countries. Other Ex Libris' software products include: MetaLib, an information portal for library collections, which provides libraries, institutions, and consortia with a standardized user interface; and SFX, a context-sensitive reference linking solution, which provides a one-stop reference system for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment. Ex Libris is a multi-national company.