Ex Libris announced today that Florida's College Center for Library Automation (CCLA) plans to replace its existing Library Management System (LMS) with ALEPH 500. CCLA will enhance its new system with the addition of MetaLib (with SFX). CCLA currently provides highly centralized automated library and information services to Florida's 28 community colleges and serves nearly one million students and faculty through its shared system, “LINCC,” built upon DRA software.
The Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA), a consortium serving the state's eleven public universities, and CCLA have agreed to establish an overarching union catalog that provides universal resource sharing across the two systems. Implementation of the new ALEPH software on behalf of the community college system is expected to be complete by Summer 2003. Once operational, the system will support 450 staff licenses and an unlimited number of OPAC licenses.
“The CCLA selection committee conducted a very comprehensive evaluation,” said Carl Grant, President of Ex Libris (USA). “Our company's partnership approach to both product and service appealed to CCLA. ALEPH is very comprehensive; yet flexible which was a very important aspect of the evaluation for the CCLA selection committee. This flexibility allows ALEPH to accommodate the most sophisticated of scenarios, from single libraries to shared systems and consortia. With ALEPH, CCLA will now be able to bring resources together in an approach that enables users to search, access, and retrieve them seamlessly across the entire system. Finally, our service program options allowed CCLA to realize a long desired partnership approach to supporting their end users.”
“Our goal is nothing less than seamless library and information services for all Florida higher education students,” said CCLA Executive Director, Dr. J. Richard Madaus. “We will build on the collaborative success of the joint LMS selection process with our university colleagues to attain that goal.”
Added Madaus, “We look forward to working alongside the Ex Libris team to tailor the versatile and sophisticated ALEPH software for the benefit of our diversified user community.”
About the College Center for Library Automation (CCLA)
Established in 1989 by the Florida Legislature, CCLA operates Florida`s Library Information Network for Community Colleges (LINCC) and associated web-based information portal, LINCCWeb, from its headquarters in Tallahassee, Florida. CCLA functions as an administered program of the Florida Department of Education's Division of Community Colleges.
Serving 70 libraries in 57 cities throughout Florida, CCLA is widely regarded as a model library services organization, operating the first statewide, centralized automated library system in the nation serving community colleges exclusively. CCLA`s presence in the library information marketplace continues to gain regional and national recognition for the breadth and effectiveness of its programs and services. For more information about CCLA and LINCC, visit www.ccla.lib.fl.us and www.linccweb.org.
Institutions comprising Florida's Community College System: Brevard, Broward, Central Florida, Chipola Junior College, Daytona Beach, Edison, Florida Community College at Jacksonville, Florida Keys, Gulf Coast, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake City, Lake-Sumter, Manatee, Miami-Dade, North Florida, Okaloosa-Walton, Palm Beach, Pasco-Hernando, Pensacola Junior College, Polk, Santa Fe, Seminole, South Florida, St. Johns River, St. Petersburg College, Tallahassee, and Valencia community colleges.
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 700 sites in 48 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.exlibris-usa.com.