Ex Libris News

Saturday Jul 26, 2014

All 762 Press Releases from Ex Libris

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July 21, 2014. Ex Libris Rosetta reaches a landmark with the release of Version 4. Ex Libris announced the release of version 4.0 of the Rosetta digital asset management and preservation solution. This major new release streamlines the management of preservation roles and enhances the communication between Rosetta and discovery systems, enabling users to easily discover collections that are preserved in Rosetta. <<more>>


July 7, 2014. Kingston University in London is Live with Ex Libris Alma . Ex Libris announced that Kingston University in London is live with the next-generation Alma resource management service. Kingston University—the largest university in south west London—is using the Ex Libris solution to transform the management of its electronic and print resources and multi-site collections. <<more>>


July 3, 2014. The Library Service Center for Baden-Wuerttemberg (BSZ) in Germany joins the Alma Early Adopter Program. Ex Libris announced that the Library Service Center for Baden-Württemberg in Germany has decided to participate in the Ex Libris Alma Early Adopter Program for libraries in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The BSZ will actively support the launch of the next-generation library system of the members of the Southwest German Library Network (SWB) consortia who have already chosen Alma. Additionally, together with Ex Libris, the BSZ will develop central services based on the Alma Network Zone for consortium members. <<more>>


June 27, 2014. YBP Library Services and Ex Libris collaborate to streamline library operations. Ex Libris announced a new collaboration with YBP Library Services to offer a new, streamlined acquisition process to academic and research libraries that use the Ex Libris Alma and YBP GOBI3 (Global Online Bibliographic Information) platforms. YBP is the academic division of Baker and Taylor and the leading provider of content-management services for libraries. In addition, the collaboration will enable libraries to reduce costs associated with acquisitions. <<more>>


June 26, 2014. Archive of Lombardy's Published Documents is live with Ex Libris Primo . Ex Libris announced that the Archive of Published Documents of the Lombardy Region of Italy is now available online via the Primo discovery and delivery solution. <<more>>


June 26, 2014. L’Archivio della produzione editoriale lombarda va online con Primo di Ex Libris . Ex Libris è lieta di annunciare che l’Archivio della produzione editoriale lombarda è ora disponibile e consultabile online attraverso l’interfaccia di Primo, il discovery tool di Ex Libris. <<more>>


June 26, 2014. Colorado School of Mines to use Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris announced that the Colorado School of Mines, a leading science and engineering university, has selected the Ex Libris Alma resource management solution, which will complement the school’s Ex Libris Primo discovery solution. Alma will replace a number of systems currently in use at the library, including the Ex Libris Voyager integrated library system and SFX OpenURL link resolver. <<more>>


June 25, 2014. The University of Bergamo chooses Ex Libris Primo, with Its Primo Central index . Ex Libris announced that the University of Bergamo has decided to adopt the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, joining the worldwide Primo community of more than 2,100 institutions. The Primo Central Index’s breadth and depth of content, together with its ability to index collections and rank search results with complete impartiality, were of particular importance to Bergamo in this decision. <<more>>


June 25, 2014. International Publishers Join the Ex Libris Alma Community Zone Program . Ex Libris announced that Springer Science+Business Media (Springer) and the American Council of Learned Societies Humanities E-Book (HEB) University Press have opted to participate in the Ex Libris Alma Community Zone program. These organizations join other information providers that are already members of the program, among them ProQuest Ebook Library and ebrary. <<more>>


June 25, 2014. WIN Library Network selects Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris announced that the WIN Library Network, a consortium of eleven universities, colleges and community colleges—has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management solution. Alma will enable the consortium to provide unified resource management for all members, and will operate in tandem with the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, recently implemented by WIN. <<more>>


June 24, 2014. University of Central Oklahoma adopts Ex Libris Alma . Ex Libris announced that the Chambers Library of the University of Central Oklahoma has selected the Ex Libris Alma resource management solution. At the same time, UCO will migrate its Primo discovery solution to the Ex Libris cloud environment. Alma, which is seamlessly integrated with Primo, provides a unified platform for managing library operations across all collections and formats. <<more>>


June 23, 2014. La Trobe University selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo. Ex Libris announced that La Trobe University in Melbourne has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management solution and the Primo discovery and delivery solution. The University Library is replacing a number of systems, including Innovative Interfaces Millennium and ProQuest Summon, with the cloud-based Alma and Primo platform for unified resource management and discovery. <<more>>


June 23, 2014. L'Università degli Studi di Bergamo sceglie Primo ed il suo Primo Central Index . Ex Libris è lieta di annunciare che anche l'Università di Bergamo ha deciso di dotarsi del discovery tool Primo, entrando a far parte della comunità delle oltre 2000 istituzioni che nel mondo lo hanno già adottato. L'ampiezza e la ricchezza dell'indice centralizzato Primo Central, assieme alla possibilità di indicizzare le collezioni locali e presentare i risultati in maniera del tutto neutrale, sono stati elementi fondamentali nella decisione dell'Ateneo. <<more>>


June 9, 2014. Lincoln University in New Zealand selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo. Ex Libris and Lincoln University announced that the University has opted for the Ex Libris Alma library management service and the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Deployed in the cloud, Alma and Primo will provide the University’s students and academic staff with access to leading scholarship from global and national sources and will facilitate the discovery of the considerable intellectual capital that the University produces through research and teaching activities. The automated Alma workflows will streamline library operations relating to all materials and collections, enabling library staff to dedicate more time to providing services to faculty and students. <<more>>


June 9, 2014. Lincoln University in New Zealand selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo. Ex Libris and Lincoln University announced that the University has opted for the Ex Libris Alma library management service and the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Deployed in the cloud, Alma and Primo will provide the University’s students and academic staff with access to leading scholarship from global and national sources and will facilitate the discovery of the considerable intellectual capital that the University produces through research and teaching activities. The automated Alma workflows will streamline library operations relating to all materials and collections, enabling library staff to dedicate more time to providing services to faculty and students. <<more>>


June 2, 2014. Bond University selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo. Ex Libris announce that Bond University, in Queensland, Australia, has selected the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution and the Alma resource management service. The growing collection of the library’s electronic resources, together with its strategic priority of supporting the university’s academic objectives, makes the cloud-based Primo-Alma combination a compelling solution for Bond. <<more>>


May 15, 2014. University of Liège Library selects Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris announced that the University of Liège in Belgium has selected Ex Libris Alma for its multiple campuses and libraries. For almost 10 years, ULg’s libraries have worked closely with Ex Libris to deliver best-of-class solutions to the libraries’ staff members and users. Starting in 2006 with the implementation of the Aleph integrated library system and the SFX link-resolver, ULg later added Primo for discovery and delivery. Now, with its decision to join the Early Adopter Programme, ULg becomes the first French-speaking university to move to Alma. <<more>>


May 13, 2014. Lublin Virtual Library to Implement Ex Libris Primo. ALEPH Polska Ltd., the exclusive distributor of Ex Libris solutions in Poland, announced that the partners of the Lublin Virtual Library project have opted for the Primo discovery and delivery solution and the SFX OpenURL link resolver. <<more>>


May 12, 2014. NILDE diventa target e source di SFX. Ex Libris è lieta di comunicare ai suoi clienti che dalla versione 4 di SFX (revision 20132800) il sistema NILDE è stato incluso tra i target di SFX per il servizio di document delivery. A questo si aggiunge che dalla release software 4.0.32 NILDE implementerà il protocollo NISO OpenURL in entrambe le direzioni, sia come target che come source di SFX, realizzando in questo modo una completa integrazione tra NILDE ed SFX. <<more>>


May 8, 2014. Unitec Institute of Technology selects Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris announced that Unitec Institute of Technology has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service and is consolidating its Ex Libris solutions into the cloud-based platform of Alma and Primo, unifying both resource management and resource discovery. <<more>>


May 6, 2014. L’Università di Udine è il quarto Early Adopter italiano di Alma . Ex Libris Group è lieta di annunciare che l’Università degli Studi di Udine ha scelto Alma in qualità di partner del programma Early Adopter italiano, riaffermando il suo rapporto di fiducia e collaborazione con Ex Libris ed unendosi alla comunità di oltre 300 istituzioni che nel mondo hanno adottato questa soluzione di Unified Resource Management. <<more>>


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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
  • Yair Amsterdam -- Chief Operating Officer

Executives

  • Matti Shem Tov -- President and Chief Executive 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
  • Bar Veinstein -- Corporate VP Resource Management Solutions
  • Anat Kuper -- Corporate Vice President, Global Support
  • Koby Rosenthal -- Corporate Vice President, General Manager for Europe
  • Mark Triest -- President Ex Libris North America
  • Ziv BenZvi -- Vice President for Asia Pacific
  • Uri Livnat -- Vice President, Cloud Services

Company Ownership

Ex Libris is owned by Golden Gate Capital, a private equity firm based in San Francisco, CA.


Library automation systems

Ex Libris offers the following Integrated Library Systems:

  • Aleph 500 (1185 libraries, 1646 facilities in lib-web-cats)
    Public libraries: 436
    Academic libraries: 530
    School libraries: 24
    124 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Voyager (841 libraries, 1124 facilities in lib-web-cats)
    Public libraries: 2
    Academic libraries: 612
    School libraries: 2
    259 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 2770 library facilities included in lib-web-cats use an ILS provided by Ex Libris.

Ex Libris offers an OpenURL Link Resolver:

  • SFX used in 664 libraries, 843 facilities in lib-web-cats)

Corporate Chronology

Oct 16, 2012   Golden Gate Capital acquires Ex Libris from Leeds Equity Partners.
Jul 2, 2012   Boston College becomes the first library to put Alma in production.
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.
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.
Jul 1997   Ex Libris acquires Dabis.
1996   Company reorgainzed as Ex Libris group.
1995   Yissum Aleph and Ex Libris, Ltd. merge into a single company.
Nov 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.

Key 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 (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.