Graubunden, August 19th 2002. Ex Libris is pleased to announce that 23 libraries in the Canton Graubunden have decided to license and implement ALEPH 500 in a network or « consortium » configuration. This type of networking of libraries, with the ensuing synergies for users and administrators, is one of Ex Libris' special fields of expertise. In Switzerland, besides the Canton of Ticino, the model has been applied to the German-speaking library consortium IDS and to the library network of the Canton of St.Gallen. Graubunden plans to cooperate closely with the latter two. St. Gallen will thus host the Graubunden server and assist with system customizing and administration. The Graubunden patrons will then gain comfortable access to more than 350.000 titles and media through the ALEPH Web-OPAC.
Ms. Gabi Schneider, chief librarian of the Chur library, had this to say: "Our decision in favor of ALEPH will enable us to cooperate with the IDS and allow us to retain a wide measure of autonomy, while giving us a central, as well as individual, access to our collections. An additional advantage for our tri-lingual region is the fact that ALEPH has already proven its multilingual capabilities."
Bettina Forster, Head of Ex Libris Project Coordination, comments : "We look forward to cooperating with Graubunden and the opportunity to apply our long-standing experience in coordinating and implementing library networks."
The Canton of Graubunden ("Grisons" in French) is Switzerland's largest. It is a typical high-mountain area with agriculture and tourism its main economic pillars. Its population, of which around 30.000 in the capital of Chur, speak German, Italian and Raetorromanic. Its best known winter-and summer-resorts are Arosa, Davos, Klosters and St. Moritz.
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 700 sites in 50 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 linking solution for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment; and DigiTool, a solution for constructing digital collections as components of an overall digital strategy.