Ex Libris News

Thursday Apr 17, 2014

All 717 Press Releases from Ex Libris

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April 16, 2014. Harvard Library unifies discovery of its resources with Ex Libris Primo . Ex Libris announced that the Harvard Library has decided to offer the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery system as a single search interface for Harvard University’s vast local and electronic collections. The Library is adding Primo to a suite of Ex Libris solutions consisting of the Aleph integrated library system, Primo Central Index of scholarly resources, SFX OpenURL link resolver, MetaLib gateway and metasearch solution, and bX article recommender. <<more>>


April 10, 2014. Ex Libris Alma and Primo selected by the Natural History Museum in London. Ex Libris announced that London’s Natural History Museum has selected Ex Libris Alma for next-generation resource management services and Ex Libris Primo for unified resource discovery and delivery. These tightly integrated solutions will support the museum’s strategic goal of providing a pioneering digital library of the future. <<more>>


April 8, 2014. Spazio Reale in Italy opens the All Digital Library, powered by the Ex Libris Primo discovery solution. Ex Libris announced that the Spazio Reale in San Donnino, Italy, has chosen Ex Libris Primo as the discovery tool for the center’s Biblioteca All Digital, whose collections consist entirely of electronic materials. <<more>>


April 8, 2014. Centro Spazio Reale inaugura la Biblioteca All Digital con il lancio della soluzione di discovery Primo . Ex Libris annunciare che La biblioteca All Digital del Centro Spazio Reale di San Donnino a Campi Bisenzio (Firenze), ha scelto Primo di Ex Libris come strumento di discovery delle sue collezioni, costituite interamente di materiali in formato elettronico e digitale. <<more>>


March 24, 2014. University of Western Australia Selects Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris announced that the University of Western Australia, a member of the Group of Eight coalition of Australian universities, has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management solution to replace a number of disparate systems, including Innovative Interfaces Millennium. UWA sought a solution that would provide streamlined, unified workflows and enable the university to handle both electronic and print collections within a single system. <<more>>


March 24, 2014. Ex Libris releases Version 9 of Voyager . Ex Libris announced the release of version 9 of the Voyager integrated library system. Deployed by over 1300 institutions around the world, Voyager now provides faster, more efficient processes for librarians that will enable them to dedicate more of their time to user needs. <<more>>


March 20, 2014. University of Oklahoma selects Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris announced that the University of Oklahoma Libraries, along with libraries at the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, and University of Oklahoma College of Law, have selected the Ex Libris Alma library management solution. Chosen after a thorough evaluation of commercial solutions, Alma will replace SirsiDynix Symphony and EBSCONET ERM Essentials systems. <<more>>


March 12, 2014. Durham University Selects Ex Libris Primo for the University Library and Heritage Collections . Ex Libris announced that the UK’s Durham University has selected the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery system for the University Library and Heritage Collections. Library users will enjoy faster searches in a more intuitive interface, which will be seamlessly integrated with the Library’s Innovative Interfaces system. <<more>>


March 5, 2014. Institute of Education (University of London) chooses Ex Libris Primo. Ex Libris announced that the Institute of Education, a renowned center for teacher education and educational research at the University of London, has chosen to adopt the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Primo will enable the IOE’s Newsam Library and Archives to offer thousands of users access to one of the largest European collections of current and historical materials on education and related areas of social science. <<more>>


February 26, 2014. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, selects Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris announced that the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management solution. Keen to promote its vision for innovative library services, UT is adding Alma to the university libraries’ implementation of the Ex Libris Primo solution for unified discovery. <<more>>


February 26, 2014. L'Universita` Tor Vergata di Roma e` la prima istituzione Early Adopter di Alma in Italia. L' Università Tor Vergata di Roma è la prima istituzione Early Adopter di Alma in Italia Parte da Alma e Primo la riorganizzazione dei processi di biblioteca e dei servizi all'utenza dell'ateneo romano <<more>>


February 25, 2014. Ex Libris releases Primo Version 4.5 . Ex Libris announced the release of version 4.5 of the Primo discovery and delivery solution. The discovery platform of choice for over 2,000 institutions, Primo 4.5 provides students and researchers with an enhanced discovery experience, faster searching, and access to additional library services directly through the Primo interface. <<more>>


February 5, 2014. Ex Libris announces the Azriel Morag Award for Innovation . Ex Libris announced the establishment of an annual award to honor the memory of Azriel Morag, the founder and first CEO of Ex Libris, and his immense contribution to Ex Libris and the academic library world. Morag, who died in October 2013, believed in innovation, daring, and the power of individuals to make a difference. This award, with a value of $3,000, will carry on his legacy. <<more>>


February 4, 2014. Edinburgh Napier University goes live with Ex Libris Primo . Ex Libris announced that Edinburgh Napier University has gone live with the Primo discovery and delivery solution. The first information services department in Scotland certified as meeting the UK government's Customer Service Excellence standard, Edinburgh Napier Library now provides its users with a search interface that enables them to rapidly retrieve comprehensive, relevant information. <<more>>


January 29, 2014. Kansas State University Libraries select Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris announced that Kansas State University has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management solution. Replacing multiple systems including Ex Libris Voyager, Alma will streamline operations at K-State Libraries by providing a cloud-based, open, and unified platform for all collections, that integrates smoothly with both external campus systems and the Libraries’ Ex Libris Primo discovery <<more>>


January 28, 2014. Bibliothek am Guisanplatz in Switzerland is live with Ex Libris Alma and Primo. Ex Libris announce that the Bibliothek am Guisanplatz in Switzerland has gone live with the Primo discovery and delivery solution and the next-generation Alma resource management service. Bibliothek am Guisanplatz—the leading library of the Alexandria Library Network—is using Ex Libris solutions to transform the management of its vast collections and to expose and deliver those collections to federal employees, military personnel, scholars, and the public. <<more>>


January 27, 2014. L'Universita` di Ferrara lancia con Primo di Ex Libris il servizio cerc@unife. Ex Libris Italy è lieta di annunciare il lancio ufficiale di Primo all'Università di Ferrara che da oggi rappresenterà per gli utenti il portale unico di accesso alle numerose risorse informative dell'Ateneo. Primo, unitamente al mega indice centralizzato Primo Central, garantisce a studenti, docenti e ricercatori una esperienza di discovery efficace e soddisfacente. <<more>>


January 27, 2014. University of Minnesota Is Live With Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris announced that all campuses of the University of Minnesota are live with the Alma library management service, joining 68 other institutions worldwide. Alma replaces a number of Ex Libris systems previously used by the UMN Libraries, including the Aleph integrated library system and the Verde e-resource manager. As a unified, cloud-based solution, Alma now supports the Libraries’ acquisitions, metadata management, and fulfillment workflows for all of its collections—which are among the most extensive in the United States. With its in-depth reporting capabilities, Alma Analytics provides library staff with valuable insights into library operations. <<more>>


January 23, 2014. The National Library of Russia Goes Live with Ex Libris Aleph and Primo. Ex Libris announced that the National Library of Russia has gone live with the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution and the Ex Libris Aleph integrated library system, which replace their locally developed system. In a move that consolidates over 25 databases under one umbrella, the NLR is now able to offer its users the comprehensive, relevant discovery experience enjoyed by over 2,000 institutions worldwide that are using Primo. <<more>>


January 23, 2014. University of Wisconsin System to adopt Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris announced that the University of Wisconsin System libraries have selected the Ex Libris Alma library management solution to complement their Primo discovery and delivery solution. The consortium’s 26 institutions, which include the University of Wisconsin-Madison—a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation—will enjoy unified management of all collections across the consortium while providing users with a unified discovery platform. <<more>>


January 21, 2014. University of Auckland selects Ex Libris Alma. Ex Libris announced that the University of Auckland has selected the Ex Libris Alma resource management solution. Together with the Ex Libris Primo discovery solution, Alma will replace a number of the systems currently used at the Library, including the Voyager integrated library system. <<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

Executives

  • Matti Shem Tov -- President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Oded Scharfstein -- Chief Financial Officer
  • Oren Beit-Arie -- Chief Strategy Officer
  • Ziv BenZvi -- Vice President for Asia Pacific
  • David Beychok -- Vice President, Discovery and Delivery Solutions
  • Anat Kuper -- Corporate Vice President, Global Support
  • Uri Livnat -- Vice President, Cloud Services
  • Shlomo Sanders -- Chief Technology Officer
  • Mark Triest -- President Ex Libris North America
  • Bar Veinstein -- Vice President, Resource Management Solutions
  • Koby Rosenthal -- Corporate Vice President, General Manager for Europe
  • Sagit Halpern -- Chief Financial Officer, Ex Libris North America

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 (1170 libraries, 1630 facilities in lib-web-cats)
    Public libraries: 436
    Academic libraries: 518
    School libraries: 24
    98 libraries have migrated away from this system.
  • Voyager (865 libraries, 1153 facilities in lib-web-cats)
    Public libraries: 2
    Academic libraries: 628
    School libraries: 2
    234 libraries have migrated away from this system.

A total of 2783 library facilities included in lib-web-cats use an ILS provided by Ex Libris.

Ex Libris offers an OpenURL Link Resolver:

  • SFX used in 663 libraries, 840 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.