Ex Libris and the ABLE Partnership announced today that they have jointly developed an information interface between Ex Libris' ALEPH 500 library management system and the ABLE™ library binding system. Ex Libris and the ABLE™ Partnership have undertaken this development for the benefit of their shared customers who will now be able to move data back and forth between the two systems automatically. This will mean that Ex Libris' ABLE™ customers will be able to use ABLE™ as an extension of ALEPH 500.
“This is a natural evolution of Ex Libris' growing and ever more sophisticated involvement in the North American marketplace,” said Michael Kaplan, Director of Product Management of Ex Libris (USA). “Libraries have long chafed under the necessity of maintaining entirely separate Binders' modules with the added necessity of double keying. Even though Ex Libris will continue to develop and even expand its own, internal binding module, libraries will still remain tied to the requirement of entering data into the binders' systems. In the course of meeting with Paul Parisi and John Petraglia of the ABLE™ Partnership, we became convinced that a shared, two-way information exchange could bring immediate benefit to the ALEPH and ABLE™ customer base.”
Paul Parisi, President of Acme Bindery and Managing Partner of the ABLE™ Partnership, commented, “Carl Grant (President of Ex Libris (USA), Inc.) and Ex Libris deserve great praise for the vision and resolve to make this “Interface Dream” become a reality. Since one of the ABLE™ Partners also owns and supports LARS, ABLE™ has the ability to read and write both ABLE™ and LARS data. Therefore any Ex Libris library can operate a tightly integrated, item-record barcode-driven ABLETM binding module that can communicate with its binder.”
At the May 2001, meeting of the Library Binding Institute (LBI), Don Dunham, LBI Executive Director, and the LBI members agreed enthusiastically to support this breakthrough initiative by Ex Libris.
As Ex Libris and ABLE™ implement their joint developments, ALEPH 500 libraries will be able to capture all the information required by ABLE™ via a Z39.50 pull directly from ALEPH simply by wanding barcodes on materials destined for the bindery.
Once an entire bindery lot has been entered into the ABLE™ database, Ex Libris will receive a data file that it will use to populate information in ALEPH. When the Bindery shipment is returned, ALEPH users will be able to automatically clear the bindery status.
ABLE has been in successful operation for the past 12 years and is used by major binderies in the U.S.A., Canada, UK, Germany and Japan. Some 400+ libraries use the ABLE™ Library component. For more information about Able™, go to: www.programmingconcepts.com/able/product.htm.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers. Ex Libris has offices around the world, and ALEPH, our integrated library solution, has been installed at over 600 sites in 44 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; DigiTool, a solution for building digital collections as components of an overall digital strategy. For more information on Ex Libris, go to: www.exlibrisgroup.com.