Ex Libris announced today that it had successfully concluded live testing of EDI serial invoicing in conjunction with Swets Blackwell. The beta-site for this new capability was Ex Libris` ALEPH 500 installation at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
Michael Kaplan, Director of Product Management for Ex Libris (USA) Inc., commented: "We are pleased that Swets Blackwell and Ex Libris have developed EDI serial invoices for the benefit of our shared customers, and we look forward to continuing to work together in a collaborative manner for their future benefit." He continued: "One of the exciting prospects about the new generation of library systems is the development of EDI capabilities. Ex Libris is pleased to offer the EDI serial invoice processing capability to its many library customers, and we are proud to partner with Swets Blackwell in this important achievement."
William Hoffman, Senior Technologist at Swets Blackwell in North America, added: "The partnership with Ex Libris is one that will benefit many of our customers around the world. Now that the development work for EDIFACT serials invoicing with ALEPH is complete, integration between Swets Blackwell and libraries using ALEPH can easily be achieved. We are pleased that Utrecht University has agreed to be the first to test this new capability."
Swets Blackwell has a long history of developing electronic communication capabilities by working in co-operation with libraries, publishers, system vendors and EDI advisory committees. They have developed a broad set of EDI interfaces and are compliant with all UK, North American and European EDI standards.
Ex Libris plans to move immediately to broaden serial vendor participation in EDI invoice loading in a full production environment. Ex Libris has already solicited and received test files from a number of leading serial vendors and has an aggressive implementation schedule for work with these vendors.
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers and researchers. ALEPH 500, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, has been installed at over 570 sites in 43 countries. Ex Libris is a multinational company with offices located around the world. For more information on Ex Libris and ALEPH visit: www.exlibris-usa.com.