Loughborough University today signed a contract with Ex Libris (UK) for the replacement of the University Library`s current Talis system with the latest version of ALEPH 500. This agreement represents the latest adoption of ALEPH 500 by a major academic library in the British Isles, after recent orders from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the National University of Ireland, Galway.
The expanded ALEPH system will offer comprehensive library services to a growing number of students and researchers at Loughborough. Thanks to the new library information tools from Ex Libris-MetaLib and SFX-which are included in the license contract, patrons will have access to the most extensive and diverse global catalog and database resources as well as cross-reference linking services.
Mary Morley, University Librarian, commented, "ALEPH is the flexible, comprehensive, and sophisticated system we need to support our users` current requirements. We look forward to working with Ex Libris to realize our strategic objectives-including the increasingly open integration of the library management system with the many other electronic information services we provide."
Together with ALEPH 500, the MetaLib and SFX products from Ex Libris will help Loughborough achieve its objectives. Recently launched in the UK, the MetaLib platform is specifically designed for managing a hybrid library environment that consists of emerging electronic collections, with their digital resources, and a traditional library, with its print resources. SFX permits context-sensitive linking among all parts of an electronic collection, including full-text repositories; abstracting, indexing, and citation databases; on-line library catalogs; citations appearing in research articles; e-print systems; and other Web resources.
Marc Daubach, Managing Director of Ex Libris (UK), noted, "ALEPH and MetaLib will provide students with new tools to ease their academic work. In particular, it will afford Information Science students an insight into the leading-edge developments available in a modern library."
About Loughborough University
Loughborough enjoys an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research and for unrivaled athletic achievement. The university is generally rated equal to Cambridge in terms of teaching quality. British industry ranks Loughborough among the top five universities for graduate recruitment. Last year, the school became one of an elite handful of academic institutions to receive the Queen`s Anniversary Prize for the third time.
The Pilkington Library, housing the University Library and the Department of Information Science, was opened in 1980. It contains 500 study spaces, 94 networked PC workstations, 29 dedicated OPAC terminals, and 500,000 books.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers. A multinational company, Ex Libris has offices around the world. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, has been installed at 560 sites in 43 countries. Other Ex Libris software products include MetaLib, an information portal for library collections that provides libraries, institutions, and consortia with a standardized user interface; SFX, a context-sensitive reference linking solution that provides a one-stop reference system for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment; DigiTooLibrary, a solution for building digital collections as components of an overall digital strategy.