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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 (1730 libraries, 2547 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 6
    Academic libraries: 1433
    School libraries: 5
    14 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Aleph 500 (828 libraries, 1178 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 367
    Academic libraries: 311
    School libraries: 10
    665 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Voyager (259 libraries, 489 facilities in libraries.org)
    Public libraries: 1
    Academic libraries: 105
    School libraries: 1
    799 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 4214 library facilities included in libraries.org use an ILS provided by Ex Libris.

Ex Libris offers an OpenURL Link Resolver:

  • SFX used in 510 libraries, 739 facilities in libraries.org)

Corporate Chronology

Jun 20, 2019   Ex Libris acquires RapidILL from Colorado State University.
May 17, 2019   Atairos makes investment in ProQuest.
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.
May 21, 1998   The Library of Congress selects Voyager from Endeavor Information Systems.
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.
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

Thursday Feb 27, 2020

All 1233 Press Releases from Ex Libris

10 most recent items:


February 26, 2020. National Library of Israel goes live with Ex Libris Alma platform to power the library’s far-reaching initiatives today and into the future. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the National Library of Israel has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform, which will now be handling the management of the library’s sizeable, and growing, collections; promoting collaboration with local and international institutions; and supporting the library’s move to its remarkable new home.The National Library of Israel holds the largest collection of knowledge and unique materials focused on Jewish civilization and the history and culture of Israel, in addition to vast collections on Islam and the Middle East. Perhaps more than any other institution in the Jewish world, the library encompasses a wealth of research on the Jewish experience over the last three millennia. Expanding the library’s collaboration with local and international libraries and heritage institutions and exposing its collections to new audiences around the globe are key elements of the library’s mission. <<more>>


February 25, 2020. Millions of previously awarded grants now searchable in the Ex Libris Pivot research funding database. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce enhancements to the Ex Libris Pivot research funding database, a comprehensive resource for global funding opportunities sources. The new Awarded Grants feature in Pivot enables researchers and research offices to gain valuable insights by searching millions of previously awarded grants from dozens of leading international funders. Pivot curates and normalizes the awarded grants data that is presented, and further matches grants to scholars’ profiles and current funding opportunities. Researchers and research offices can leverage advanced search features to easily navigate across the awarded-grant information and zoom in on the most relevant awards to their interests and areas of specialization. <<more>>


January 29, 2020. University of Wollongong adopts Ex Libris Alma, Primo, and Leganto solutions to streamline workflows for a seamless user experience. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company announced that Australia’s University of Wollongong has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform, along with the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution and Leganto course reading list tool, to streamline library and faculty workflows. <<more>>


January 27, 2020. University of Nevada, Reno, selects Ex Libris Alma platform and Primo discovery solution to simplify library systems and streamline processes. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that the University of Nevada, Reno, has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to replace dated legacy systems. <<more>>


January 26, 2020. Marist College Chooses Ex Libris RapidILL Resource Sharing. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company announced that Marist College has selected the Ex Libris RapidILL resource sharing service to update the college’s interlibrary loan activities so that the needs of the community will be better served. <<more>>


January 26, 2020. California State University, Sacramento, selects Ex Libris Esploro to advance research and highlight academic activity. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, announced that the California State University, Sacramento, has chosen the Ex Libris Esploro research information management solution to capture, manage, and highlight the university’s research activity and to further optimize research workflows <<more>>


January 24, 2020. Ex Libris to Expand Its Offering with the Cloud-Based, User-Centric Rapido Resource Sharing Solution. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that it has begun the development of its new Rapido solution for resource sharing and has established the Rapido development partner program. Rapido is built on the Ex Libris higher ed cloud platform and will be live by the end of 2020. <<more>>


January 20, 2020. Ex Libris complète l’acquisition d’Innovative. Ex Libris, une entreprise de ProQuest, a complété l’acquisition d’Innovative, un fournisseur majeur de systèmes de bibliothèque intégrés pour les bibliothèques publiques, académiques et spécialisées. Innovative est désormais intégré à Ex Libris en tant qu’unité commerciale. <<more>>


January 20, 2020. Ex Libris schließt die Übernahme von Innovative ab. Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company, hat die Übernahme von Innovative, einem führenden Anbieter von integrierten Bibliothekssystemen für öffentliche, wissenschaftliche und Spezialbibliotheken, abgeschlossen. Innovative ist jetzt eine Geschäftseinheit innerhalb von Ex Libris. <<more>>


January 20, 2020. Ex Libris completa l’acquisizione di Innovative. Ex Libris, ProQuest company, ha completato l’acquisizione di Innovative, azienda leader nella fornitura di ILS per le biblioteche pubbliche, accademiche e specialistiche. Innovative è ora un’unità aziendale di Ex Libris. <<more>>