Ex Libris (USA) is very proud to announce that a contract was signed with PALNI to replace their current DRA Classic system with ALEPH 500. ALEPH 500 will support core functions and services including: online public access catalog, cataloging and authority control, acquisitions and serials control, circulation and reserves, interlibrary loan and document delivery, and preservation control. In addition to ALEPH 500, PALNI will also be implementing MetaLib and SFX to manage their diverse collection of electronic resources. MetaLib will provide library users with a seamless way to identify and use electronic resources, while SFX provides contextual links to related information resources and services retrieved via MetaLib.
"Our ALEPH 500 solution provides a system which not only effectively utilizes a Union Catalog, but also allows the PALNI member libraries the ability to still retain much of their autonomy," said Carl Grant, President of Ex Libris (USA). "This combined with the proven power of MetaLib and SFX, will give the users of the PALNI libraries a far more powerful and customizable experience in accessing information resources. Researchers can easily find what they need, librarians are free to provide content from any provider, on any platform, and library patrons will readily notice the improved functionality and access to external databases that ALEPH 500, MetaLib, and SFX provides."
"PALNI is very excited about migrating to the new Ex Libris system, and plans to have all libraries in production by Summer, 2003" said Vince Lucas, PALNI Project Director. "A major factor in PALNI's selection of Ex Libris was the flexibility that the Aleph 500 system architecture offers a consortium of independent libraries like PALNI. The new PALNI system will offer our users a well-organized point of access to the combined resources of all of our libraries, and will greatly enhance our ability to share resources among the PALNI members. In addition, we are looking forward to the new capabilities that MetaLib and SFX will offer our faculty, staff, and students. By giving our students experience with the latest library
technologies, we can help them develop the information literacy skills they need to be effective participants in an information society that places a premium on life-long learning."
The conversion to the new system will involve 1.4 million bibliographic records and will be completed by Summer 2003. The new system will run on the latest hardware technology from Sun, and will support 200 staff members and 300 PAC users.
PALNI was founded in 1992 as the first state-wide automated resource sharing network for private academic libraries. Initial funding for PALNI's shared library automation system and network was provided through a 3-year grant from The Lilly Endowment, and annual operating costs are now shared among the 26 participating small college and seminary libraries throughout the State of Indiana.
The PALNI system is managed by a project team at the Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority (INCOLSA) in Indianapolis, Indiana. The system includes a shared online library catalog, as well as subsystems to support each library's circulation control, technical services, and reference activities.
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.exlibrisgroup.com.