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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 (1276 libraries, 1933 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 4
    Academic libraries: 1058
    School libraries: 2
    14 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Aleph 500 (1036 libraries, 1463 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 423
    Academic libraries: 389
    School libraries: 39
    426 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Voyager (477 libraries, 780 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 1
    Academic libraries: 286
    School libraries: 3
    575 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 4176 library facilities included in libraries.org use an ILS provided by Ex Libris.

Ex Libris offers an OpenURL Link Resolver:

  • SFX used in 528 libraries, 770 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 Sep 21, 2018

All 1125 Press Releases from Ex Libris

10 most recent items:


September 20, 2018. Ex Libris achieves ISO 27017 certification for Security Controls for Cloud Services. Ex Libris announced that the company has achieved certification for ISO/IEC 27017:2015, an international standard published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO/IEC 27017:2015 provides a code of practice for information security controls, including guidelines that expand upon the ISO/IEC 27002 standard by adding security controls specifically related to cloud computing. <<more>>


September 13, 2018. Southern Cross University selects Ex Libris Esploro research services solution. Ex Libris announced that Australia’s Southern Cross University will be joining the Ex Libris Esploro early adopter program. The Esploro research services solution will facilitate the capture, management, and dissemination of the university’s research output and data across all disciplines and consolidate information about researchers, their publications, and their data. The seamless integration of the Esploro service with both the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, along with the Esploro service’s interoperability with other academic systems, will help the university increase the efficiency of its library staff, research administrators, and scholars. <<more>>


September 7, 2018. University of Leeds wird die Bibliotheksdienstplattform Ex Libris Alma und die Discovery-Lösung Ex Libris Primo einsetzen, um ihre Effizienz und Entscheidungsfindung zu verbessern. Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company, gibt bekannt, dass sich die University of Leeds, eine führende Forschungs- und Lehruniversität in Großbritannien, für die Bibliotheksdienstplattform Ex Libris Alma und die Discovery- und Delivery-Lösung Ex Libris Primo® entschieden hat, um die Effizienz zu verbessern, Arbeitsabläufe zu optimieren und die Entscheidungsfindung zu unterstützen. Alma und Primo werden die Software Innovative Sierra ablösen. <<more>>


September 7, 2018. La Universidad de Leeds utilizará Alma y Primo de Ex Libris para mejorar la eficiencia y la toma de decisiones. Ex Libris, una empresa de ProQuest, se complace en anunciar que la Universidad de Leeds, una universidad líder en investigación y enseñanza del Reino Unido, ha seleccionado la plataforma de servicios bibliotecarios Ex Libris Alma y la solución de descubrimiento Ex Libris Primo para mejorar la eficiencia, agilizar los flujos de trabajo, y dar soporte a la toma de decisiones. Alma y Primo reemplazarán el software Innovative Sierra. <<more>>


September 7, 2018. L’Università di Leeds userà la piattaforma di servizi per la biblioteca Ex Libris Alma e la soluzione per il discovery Primo per migliorare l’efficienza e il processo decisionale. Ex Libris, ProQuest company, ha il piacere di annunciare che l’Università di Leeds, istituzione leader nel Regno Unito in materia di insegnamento e ricerca, ha scelto la piattaforma di gestione della biblioteca Ex Libris Alma e la soluzione per il discovery e il delivery Ex Libris Primo per migliorare la propria efficienza, ottimizzare i flussi di lavoro e supportare i processi decisionali. Alma e Primo sostituiranno il software Innovative Sierra. <<more>>


September 7, 2018. L’Université de Leeds utilisera la plateforme de services de bibliothèque Alma et la solution de découverte Primo d’Ex Libris pour améliorer l’efficacité et la prise de décisions. Ex Libris, une filliale de ProQuest, est ravie d’annoncer que l’Université de Leeds, une université d’enseignement et de recherche de premier plan au Royaume-Uni, a sélectionné la plateforme de services de bibliothèque Alma et la solution de découverte et d’accès Primo d’Ex Libris pour améliorer l’efficacité, simplifier les flux de travail et faciliter la prise de décisions. Alma et Primo remplaceront le logiciel Innovative Sierra. <<more>>


September 6, 2018. University of Leeds will use Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Primo discovery solution to improve efficiency and decision-making. Ex Libris announced that the University of Leeds, a leading research and teaching university in the United Kingdom, has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to improve efficiency, streamline workflows, and support decision-making. Alma and Primo will replace the Innovative Sierra software. <<more>>


September 5, 2018. RMIT selects Ex Libris Rosetta for preserving and providing access to digital collections in the long term. Ex Libris announced that RMIT University has chosen the Ex Libris Rosetta digital asset management and preservation solution to handle RMIT’s digital resources more effectively. <<more>>


September 4, 2018. Harvard Library goes live with Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Leganto resource list solution. Ex Libris announced that Harvard Library has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and the Leganto course resource list solution. The Alma platform will support new workflows and processes that make sure that Harvard Library’s patrons always receive the service they need, while Leganto resource lists will be central to Harvard Library’s strategy of providing comprehensive support for courses throughout the university. <<more>>


August 31, 2018. ProQuest News discoverable in Ex Libris Primo. To address the teaching, learning and research needs of the academic community, ProQuest is making more of its digital news content discoverable via Ex Libris Primo, the discovery service that delivers access across the breadth of libraries’ print, electronic and digital collections. ProQuest Historical Newspapers, Recent Newspapers and Newsstream collections – covering nearly 3,000 titles from the early 1700s to today – are now discoverable through Primo. Researchers can quickly find the news they need in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and Observer, The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, The Times of India and thousands more titles. <<more>>