Ex Libris announced today that officials for the Florida Division of Colleges and Universities (DCU) plan to replace their current Library Management System (LMS) with ALEPH 500. Currently, all of the libraries participate in a shared system based on a heavily customized version of NOTIS managed and operated by the Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA). This system, serving the 11 institutions (55 libraries) in the Florida DCU, currently has the highest transaction load in the U.S. for a single, full-function LMS supporting academic libraries. Catalogs for each university as well as a central union catalog will be created on the new, shared ALEPH system. The FCLA ALEPH system will link to the College Center for Library Automation (CCLA) system, (a shared system serving 28 community colleges in the State of Florida) via an overarching union catalog that will also provide for universal resource sharing between the two systems.
Implementation of each of the eleven DCU institutions will be phased in over a period of 3.5 years and is anticipated to be complete by Summer 2005. The system will support 960 staff licenses, an unlimited number of public licenses, and run on hardware housed at the DCU's Northeast Regional Data Center just as the current system does.
“The DCU LMS selection committee conducted an exceptionally comprehensive evaluation, and we are extremely pleased with the result of that process,” said Carl Grant, President of Ex Libris (USA). “Our ALEPH solution provides the DCU with a number of consortium models to choose from that will support the DCU's intricate combination of library policies while still placing a significant value on the autonomy of each member library. This is an exciting time for Ex Libris (USA) as we continue to benefit from our collaborative partnership approach with strategic accounts like the DCU libraries who recognize the Ex Libris technology as the best solution available.”
Dr. Grady Morein, UWF Library Director and Chair of the LMS selection committee, said “The NOTIS system has been in operation in the DCU libraries for 20 years. In looking for a replacement system, our committee, using the assistance of 45 librarians with official evaluation responsibility, sought a system that best matched their stated requirements while having, in their judgment, good prospects for long term usefulness. The committee, along with FCLA staff, look forward to a long an beneficial relationship with ALEPH and Ex Libris.”
Added James Corey, FCLA Director, “Since we don't change systems often, we wanted a system and a vendor that would hold us for a long time to come. In ALEPH and Ex Libris we've found that. For an office such as FCLA that is staffed largely with technical personnel, writing an RFP, evaluating systems and drafting a contract are necessary preliminaries that must be completed before the really interesting work can begin. Now that the contract is signed, our staff are very eager to get ALEPH installed and our libraries up and running on it.”
About the Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA)
The Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA) provides automation services to assist the libraries of the Florida Division of Colleges and Universities (DCU) in meeting their teaching and research objectives for students and faculty. FCLA provides computer and human services that assist the DCU libraries in their daily library management operations, gives students and faculty electronic access to scholarly materials in over 200 indexing, abstracting and full-text databases, and supports digital services including the creation, maintenance and delivery of electronic content. FCLA, located in Gainesville, Florida, is attached to the University of Florida. For more information on FCLA, go to: www.fcla.edu.
About the Florida Division of Colleges and Universities (DCU)
The Florida Division of Colleges and Universities (DCU) is comprised of Florida A&M University (Tallahassee), Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton), Florida Gulf Coast University (Ft. Myers), Florida International University (Miami), Florida State University (Tallahassee), New College of Florida (Sarasota), University of Central Florida (Orlando), University of Florida (Gainesville), University of North Florida (Jacksonville), University of South Florida (Tampa) and University of West Florida (Pensacola). For more information on the DCU, go to: www.fldcu.org.
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.