August 29, 2002 - Chicago, Illinois. Ex Libris announced today that DigiTool, its digital asset management product, is now available in general release. DigiTool is a full function, digital asset management system designed for libraries and information centers and can be used as a standalone system or it can be integrated with the ALEPH system or other ILS systems. The system is being implemented in multiple libraries around the world and was most recently put into production use at Brandeis University dembitz.mainlib.brandeis.edu:8993/F).
The production version of DigiTool has benefited from the close partnership formed by Ex Libris with a key customer, the University of Maryland, which is planning to use the product in its Performing Arts Library. Through that partnership a number of capabilities have been added to DigiTool including support for streaming delivery of digital assets, authentication and authorization, use of one-time tokens and more. Other partnerships have been formed with other key customers, including New York University, a GEAC ILS system user, which will result in the addition of support for the METS standards. Curtin University in Perth, Australia is also a development partner.
"DigiTool represents a unique approach for those libraries wishing to implement another facet of digital asset automation" said Carl Grant, President of Ex Libris (USA), "DigiTool is comprised of a collection of powerful and sophisticated tools that can be used with products like ALEPH, MetaLib and SFX, as well as other vendor systems. The tools can also be bundled together and used as a standalone, comprehensive solution for managing digital assets, and their associated metadata while providing users sophisticated resource discovery. We've taken an approach at Ex Libris where we provide libraries with choices that enable them to offer their users solutions built to meet their needs. We won't force libraries to redo work they've already invested in creating digital assets or the metadata, nor do we push them towards any certain vendors content - we enable choices."
DigiTool features the ability to load digital objects, automatically extract technical metadata, create thumbnails, search full text, define and control digital rights, monitor and control usage, and support a variety of delivery mechanisms including streaming.
"We encourage all libraries pushing forward on this frontier to contact our sales team and personally learn about the power and flexibility of DigiTool for extending the use of digital assets in their libraries" said Grant. "When coupled with ALEPH and MetaLib/SFX, libraries can set new standards of service for their users."
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.