The most prestigious research organization in Germany, the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, or MPG), has chosen ALEPH 500 for the automation of its libraries and, to this end, has signed a licensing and maintenance contract with Ex Libris (Deutschland) GmbH. This decision follows the successful implementation of ALEPH 500 in three Max Planck Institutes (MPIs) at Jena.
The new contract entitles all Max Planck Institutes to connect to and use the central ALEPH 500 system at the MPG computing center in Göttingen. In the first phase, the following MPI libraries will be using ALEPH:
- Biochemistry, Martinsried
- Central Computing Center, Göttingen
- Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg
- Foreign and International Social Law, München
- Immunobiology, Freiburg
- Iron Research, Düsseldorf
- Molecular Physiology, Dortmund
- Neurobiology, Martinsried
- Physiological and Clinical Research, Bad Nauheim
- Plant Breeding Research, Cologne
- Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen (Holland)
- Psychological Research, München
- Study of Societies, Cologne
- Tübinger Institutes, Tübingen
The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science is an independent, non-profit organization that was founded in 1948 as the successor to the time-honored Kaiser Wilhelm Society. The MPG is the umbrella organization of 81 MPIs, which carry out basic research in various fields of biology, natural sciences, medicine, the humanities, and the arts. The Institutes work closely with a number of universities. For more information on the history and structure of the MPG, please look at: www.mpg.de.
At this time, the 14 MPI libraries are being migrated to ALEPH from their BIS, BIS-LOK, and other non-Ex Libris systems. The central ALEPH installation at the MPG computing center is not a classical consortium solution; instead, each library will have its own database and system administration. At each location, the number of licensed staff users (up to 25) and the software functionality will be determined on the basis of the library`s size and the specific local needs. System support will be the responsibility of the MPG central computing center. The ALEPH system at these MPI libraries will start to go into production during the summer of 2001.
The manner in which MPG has decided to use ALEPH will reduce library costs while allowing the MPIs to continue working in an autonomous fashion with a uniform user interface. With the infrastructure in place, other MPI libraries may subsequently join their fellow institutions in opting for ALEPH 500.
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer of high-performance applications for libraries and information centers. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, has been installed at 540 sites in 42 countries. Ex Libris is a multinational company with offices located around the world.