Ex Libris (UK) Ltd. has recently signed a contract with Lancaster University for the license and implementation of its ALEPH 500 system. This is the 14th ALEPH award from major university libraries in the United Kingdom in the last two years.
Lancaster is one of Britain`s top universities, ranking 8th out of 122 institutions rated by the Guardian University Guide. It offers 300 undergraduate and 200 postgraduate degree courses. Its library, open 77.5 hours per week, has over 1 million items and currently subscribes to nearly 3,000 journals. A major extension in 1997 brought the total number of reader places to almost 900. Its services and collections are user-centered, in support of the University`s world-class research and excellent and innovative teaching.
The new system, which is scheduled to go into production by July of next year, replaces an in-house developed system.
"The move from an in-house system, developed for local needs, represents a significant change for Lancaster University. We are delighted that the University has selected Ex Libris to be its partner in this challenge. Aleph not only offers immediate benefits but also provides the University with a system based on state-of-the-art architecture which will enable the library more readily to adapt to the changing requirements in the information world." Says Julie Booth, Managing Director, Ex Libris UK.
Initially, ALEPH will service 45 concurrent full staff users and 120 Web-OPAC users.
Says Jacqueline Whiteside, University Librarian "This is good news for our library users. Following a rigorous selection process we chose ALEPH because it will offer our patrons a whole range of new and enhanced functions. These include: Saved search strategies, which can be re-run on a regular basis, with results then e-mailed automatically to the user`s specified address; E-mailing and saving of search results; online requesting of new items for Library stock; enhanced search features on the catalogue, including full Boolean functionality, date limiting, and Library of Congress Subject headings for the majority of stock; for teaching staff, online requesting of items to be put into Short Loan; annotated reading lists in the Course Reading module; complete loans history available to each user, accessible only by PIN from their User Record, via any catalogue terminal (including over the Web).
The supplier, Ex Libris, has an impressive international customer list, as well as a substantial UK presence. The company has a strong record of forward-looking development, and the system is designed to handle the current and future needs of the modern hybrid library."
For more information about Lancaster University, see: www.lancaster.ac.uk. www.lancaster.ac.uk
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 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, the context-sensitive linking solution for libraries and information centers; and DigiTool, a solution for constructing digital collections as components of an overall digital strategy.