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Ex Libris

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1350 E Touhy Avenue Suite 200 E
Des Plaines, Illinois 60018
United States
Toll free: 800-762-6300
Phone: 847-296-2200
Fax: 847-296-5636
Web site: http://www.exlibrisgroup.com/
Email: info@exlibris-usa.com


Board of Directors

  • Matti Shem Tov -- President and Chief Executive Officer, ProQuest

Executives

  • Bar Veinstein -- President
  • Yair Amsterdam -- Chief Operating Officer
  • Oded Scharfstein -- Chief Financial Officer
  • Shlomo Sanders -- Chief Technology Officer
  • Sagit Halpern -- Chief Financial Officer, Ex Libris North America
  • Oren Beit-Arie -- Chief Strategy Officer
  • Koby Rosenthal -- Corporate Vice President, General Manager for Europe
  • Ziv BenZvi -- Vice President for Asia Pacific
  • Shlomi Kringel -- Corporate Vice President for Discovery and Delivery Solutions
  • Barak Rozenblat -- Vice President for Cloud Services at Ex Libris
  • Jane Burke -- Vice President for Customer Success
  • Omri Gerson -- Vice President for Development, Platform and Technologies
  • Matt Baker -- Director of Implementation Services

Company Ownership

Ex Libris is a wholly owned subsidiary of ProQuest, which is owned by Cambridge Information Group and Goldman Sachs.


Library automation systems

Ex Libris offers the following Integrated Library Systems:

  • Alma (1597 libraries, 2351 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 6
    Academic libraries: 1322
    School libraries: 5
    14 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Aleph 500 (910 libraries, 1310 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 384
    Academic libraries: 346
    School libraries: 29
    566 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Voyager (329 libraries, 605 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 1
    Academic libraries: 159
    School libraries: 1
    727 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 4266 library facilities included in libraries.org use an ILS provided by Ex Libris.

Ex Libris offers an OpenURL Link Resolver:

  • SFX used in 521 libraries, 762 facilities in libraries.org)

Corporate Chronology

Dec 15, 2015   Ex Libris acquired by ProQuest.
Apr 30, 2015   Ex Libris acquires oMbiel, a leading provider of mobile campus solutions.
Jan 28, 2015   Ex Libris launches Leganto course list management platform.
Jan 9, 2015   37 members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance complete implementation of Ex Libris Alma and Primo.
Dec 19, 2014   Ex Libris reports 370 total institutions with signed contracts for Alma and 150 libraries in production.
Dec 18, 2014   Welsh Consortium chooses Ex Libris Alma and Primo for shared resource management environment.
Aug 3, 2014   LIBISnet Library Network in Belgium places Alma into production.
Apr 29, 2014   Ex Libris launches the Ex Libris Developer Network.
Jan 27, 2014   University of Minnesota places Ex Libris Alma into production.
Dec 31, 2013   Ex Libris reports 329 total contracts for Alma for Library Systems Report.
Dec 4, 2013   BIBSYS Consortium in Norway selects Ex Libris Alma.
Apr 18, 2013   BIBSYS Consortium Selects Primo.
Oct 16, 2012   Golden Gate Capital acquires Ex Libris from Leeds Equity Partners.
Oct 9, 2012   Orbis Cascade Alliance selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo.
Jul 2, 2012   Boston College becomes the first library to put Alma in production.
Jan 6, 2011   Ex Libris announces that its unified resource management system will be called Alma.
Dec 1, 2010   Ex Libris delivers the second partner release of Alma to development partners.
Feb 8, 2010   Ex Libris acquires Fujitsu Services A/S library division.
Jul 6, 2009   Ex Libris announces development initiative for Unified Resource Management -- later branded as Alma.
Jan 22, 2009   Ex Libris launches bX Web 2.0 Usage-Based Scholarly Recommendation Services.
Aug 5, 2008   Leeds Equity Partners acquires Ex Libris Group.
Nov 21, 2006   Francisco Partners acquires Endeavor Information Systems from Elsevier.
Jun 26, 2006   Francisco Partners acquires Ex Libris for $62 million.
Mar 2006   Ex Libris announces Primo for the discovery and delivery of library resources.
Aug 2005   Azriel Morag retires from Ex Libris.
Jun 21, 2004   Ex Libris announces Verde electronic resource management system.
May 11, 2003   Matti Shem Tov appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Ex Libris.
Jan 28, 2002   Ehud Arad steps down as President of Ex Libris.
Jul 8, 2000   Ex Libris introduces MetaLib federated search application.
Apr 7, 2000   Endeavor Information Systems acquired by Elsevier.
Feb 2000   Ex Libris acquires rights to SFX from University of Gent.
Feb 1999   Endeavor employees gain full ownership of Endeavor Information Systems.
1999   Walden Israel and Tamar Ventures invest in Ex Libris Group.
1999   Ex Libris enters United States library automation market.
Aug 29, 1997   Northwestern University Library selects Voyager to replace NOTIS.
Jul 1997   Ex Libris acquires Dabis, a German company offering the BIS library automation system.
1996   Company reorganized as Ex Libris group.
Dec 28, 1995   Voyager placed into production at Michigan Technological University.
1995   Yissum Aleph and Ex Libris, Ltd. merge into a single company.
Nov 14, 1994   Endeavor Information Systems founded.
May 21, 1988   The Library of Congress selects Voyager from Endeavor Information Systems.
1986   Ex Libris, Ltd. founded.
1983   Aleph Yissum founded to commercialize ALEPH.
1980   ALEPH software created at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Selected Articles from Library Technology Guides

The following are a sample of articles related to the major events in the corporate history of Ex Libris, or you can view all articles related to the company from Library Technology Guides.

Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (July 2017). New Leadership for ProQuest and Ex Libris

The board of directors of ProQuest has announced that Matti Shem Tov, President of Ex Libris, will assume leadership of the entire ProQuest organization, succeeding current CEO Kurt Sanford. This change comes a year and 4 months after the acquisition of Ex Libris, a move that significantly expanded the position of ProQuest as a content, services, and technology company for libraries. This move represents an interesting change in ProQuest where the top leadership comes from the technology sphere rather than the publishing industry.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (November 2015). ProQuest to Acquire Ex Libris

In a move that alters the business dynamics of the library technology sector, ProQuest has announced that it will acquire Ex Libris in a deal expected to close later in 2015. Ex Libris, under the ownership of Golden Gate Capital since November 2012, will become a wholly owned business of ProQuest. This merger significantly extends ProQuest's offerings of technology-based workflow and resource management tools and places a broader portfolio of products under the responsibility of Ex Libris. While this merger represents a major step in the evolution of the industry, it is not anticipated to compromise the availability of current product offerings. Longer-term product strategies will be developed over time in collaboration with the company's customer base.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (August 2012). Crossing the Threshold: Boston College Places Alma into Production

On July 2, 2012, the Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Library of Boston College became the first to place Alma, the library services platform created by Ex Libris, into production use. The library migrated from an Aleph system in place since 2000. Boston College had been working with Ex Libris since mid-2009 as a development partner, testing each incremental release of the software, and providing constructive feedback. The library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, with a staff numbering around 120, and a collection of 3.5 million volumes.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (March 2012). Ex Libris: Alma, Aleph, and Primo

Ex Libris has made progress across multiple products. There have been developments with Alma, its new unified resource management platform, Aleph, one of its integrated library systems, and with its Primo discovery product.


(January 6, 2011). Ex Libris announces the cloud-based Alma Library Management Service

Ex Libris announced that the company’s next-generation library management solution has been named Ex Libris Alma. Harnessing the Unified Resource Management (URM) framework, Alma supports the entire range of library operations—selection, acquisition, metadata management, digitization, and fulfillment—for all library materials, regardless of their format or location. The Ex Libris Alma solution accelerates libraries' move toward next-generation services by consolidating, optimizing, and extending library workflows. Alma consolidates the disparate systems used by today’s libraries to manage print, electronic, and digital resources. Alma’s cloud infrastructure helps libraries improve their operational efficiency through data sharing and collaboration. As a result, libraries can focus their resources on extending services within and outside the institution and on supporting the institution’s teaching and research missions. The general release of the Alma solution is scheduled for early 2012.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (January 2011). Ex Libris Marks Progress in Developing URM

Ex Libris continues to make progress on the development of its next-generation library management platform called Unified Resource Management, or URM. This product, which was developed as the company's long-term strategic library automation platform, continues in the research and development stage, with expected release at the beginning of 2012. Although the product is still some time away from general availability, it has progressed from the proof-of-concept prototypes to a functional model. Though preliminary, some versions have been made available to development partner libraries for testing and assessment


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (August 2008). Ex Libris Sets Strategic Course on Open Systems

Ex Libris specializes in automation products, primarily aimed at academic and research libraries, and has a large base of customer libraries throughout the world. In June 2008, Ex Libris announced that it had launched what it calls an "open-platform program" formalizing and expanding its commitment to deliver its products and services in a more transparent approach.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (January 2007). Consolidation continues: Endeavor acquired by Francisco Partners

Following its July 2006 acquisition of Ex Libris, private-equity firm Francisco Partners announced a definitive agreement late last fall to acquire 100 percent of Endeavor Information Systems from Elsevier. This acquisition represents a major step toward consolidation in the academic library-automation industry. As a result, this combined company stands as the largest provider focused solely on providing systems and services to academic libraries.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (December 2006). Francisco Partners completes Ex Libris buy


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (March 2006). OPAC sustenance: Ex Libris to serve up Primo

Marshall Breeding provides a description of Primo, a new information discovery and delivery tool from Ex Libris.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (November 2005). Ex Libris withdraws from IPO

In a move to gain additional funding for its business strategies, Ex Libris recently embarked on an initial public offering of stock to raise capital. But late in the process, the company’s board of directors withdrew from the IPO; the aborted effort follows another significant company event--the retirement of Azriel Morag, company founder and longtime chairman of the board.


Breeding, Marshall, Smart Libraries Newsletter (April 2005). Ex Libris reorganizes its U.S. operations


Library Systems Newsletter (July 1997). Ex Libris purchases Dabis

Ex Libris Lts., the Israeli company which sells the Aleph 500 automated library systems and supports several earlier generations of that system, has purchased DABIS of Germany and DABIS of Austria, a former leading vendor of automated library systems in the German speaking countries. DABIS had gone into receivership, primarily because of failure to sell new systems. ExL GmbH, a new Ex Libris subsidiary, will service the 300 DABIS accounts and will seek to migrate them to its product. It has hired 26 former DABIS staffers and will maintain offices in Hamburg, Berlin, and Cologne.



Ex Libris News

Friday Apr 26, 2019

All 1159 Press Releases from Ex Libris

10 most recent items:


April 25, 2019. La bibliothèque de l’Université de Manchester a choisi la solution Ex Libris Leganto pour ses services de liste de lecture. Ex Libris®, une entreprise de ProQuest, est ravie d’annoncer que la bibliothèque de l’Université de Manchester a choisi la solution de liste de lecture Ex Libris Leganto pour aider l’université à accomplir sa mission pour 2020 d’offrir une expérience d’apprentissage optimale aux étudiants. La solution Ex Libris Leganto viendra remplacer le logiciel Talis Aspire et sera intégrée à la plateforme de services de bibliothèque Ex Libris Alma et à l’outil de découverte et distribution Ex Libris Primo, déjà utilisés par l’université. <<more>>


April 24, 2019. La Biblioteca dell’Università di Manchester sceglie la soluzione Ex Libris Leganto per i servizi di reading list. Ex Libris, ProQuest company, ha il piacere di annunciare che la Biblioteca dell’Università di Manchester ha scelto la soluzione per le reading list Ex Libris Leganto per aiutare l’Università a realizzare la sua visione per il 2020: raggiungere un livello eccellente nell’apprendimento e nell’esperienza dello studente. La soluzione Ex Libris Leganto sostituirà il software Talis® Aspire® e sarà integrata con la piattaforma di gestione della biblioteca, Ex Libris Alma, e la soluzione per il discovery e il delivery Ex Libris Primo. <<more>>


April 24, 2019. La biblioteca de la Universidad de Manchester elige la solución Ex Libris Leganto para los servicios de listas de lectura. Ex Libris, una empresa de ProQuest, se complace en anunciar que la biblioteca de la Universidad de Manchester ha seleccionado la solución de listas de lectura Ex Libris Leganto para ayudar a la universidad a enfocar el 2020 para lograr una experiencia excepcional de aprendizaje y estudio. La solución Ex Libris Leganto sustituirá el software Talis® Aspire® y se integrará con la plataforma de servicios bibliotecarios de la universidad Ex Libris Alma y la herramienta de descubrimiento y entrega Ex Libris Primo. <<more>>


April 23, 2019. Ex Libris expands the Research Professional Funding Insight Service with five additional sources. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that its Research Professional Funding Insight service has added five sources to the database of awarded research grants. <<more>>


April 23, 2019. University of Manchester Library entscheidet sich für die Literaturlistenlösung Ex Libris Leganto. Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company, gibt bekannt, dass die University of Manchester Library die Literaturlistenlösung Ex Libris Leganto ausgewählt hat, um die Universität bei der Verwirklichung ihrer Vision für 2020 zu unterstützen, eine herausragende Lern- und Studierendenerfahrung zu schaffen. Ex Libris Leganto wird die Software Talis Aspire ersetzen und in die Bibliotheksdienstplattform Ex Libris Alma der Universität und das Discovery- und Delivery-Tool Ex Libris Primo® integriert werden. <<more>>


April 17, 2019. University of Manchester Library chooses Ex Libris Leganto Solution for reading list services. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that The University of Manchester Library has selected the Ex Libris Leganto reading list solution to help the University realize its 2020 vision for achieving an outstanding learning and student experience. The Ex Libris Leganto solution will replace Talis Aspire software and will be integrated with the University’s Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery tool. <<more>>


April 16, 2019. The Library of Virginia adopts Ex Libris Alma, Primo, and Rosetta Services to support its initiative to preserve, manage, and share historical archives. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the Library of Virginia has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform for library management, the Ex Libris Primo solution for discovery and delivery, and the Ex Libris Rosetta™ solution for digital asset management and preservation. <<more>>


April 12, 2019. University of North Carolina at Pembroke selects Ex Libris Alma, Primo, and Leganto solutions. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company,announced that the University of North Carolina at Pembroke has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform, Primo discovery and delivery solution, and Leganto course resource list tool. <<more>>


April 11, 2019. Pensacola Christian College strengthens student engagement with Ex Libris campusM Mobile App. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that Pensacola Christian College in Florida has fully deployed the Ex Libris campusM cloud-based mobile platform to support student engagement and success. The campusM platform was chosen for its unique ability to bring together campus services under one umbrella and deliver the school’s campus app, myPCC, to the community via smartphones, tablets, and laptops. <<more>>


April 7, 2019. University of Salford adopts Ex Libris Leganto reading list solution. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the University of Salford will be implementing the Ex Libris Leganto reading list solution to simplify the creation of reading lists, increase student engagement and success, and help ensure resource availability. <<more>>