Ex Libris Group
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|Industry||Library automation software|
Number of locations
Matti Shem Tov (CEO)Eric Hines (President of North America)
|Products||Alma: Unified Resource Management
Primo: Discovery and Delivery
Rosetta: Digital Preservation System
SFX Link Resolver
|Owner||Golden Gate Capital|
Number of employees
Ex Libris Group is a leading provider of library automation solutions, offering the only comprehensive product suite for the discovery, management, and distribution of all materials—print, electronic, and digital. Ex Libris designs and builds products for libraries to discovery, management, and distribution of all materials—print, electronic, and digital.
Ex Libris started as an internal project at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1980 to develop a new library management system, as no system at the time was able to handle both Hebrew and Latin character sets as required by the University. The software was called Automated Library Expandable Program or ALEPH-100 (Aleph is also the first letter of many Semitic alphabets).
In 1983, Yissum (the technology transfer company of the Hebrew University) founded Aleph-Yissum Ltd. a new company to commercializes the software. Yohanan Spruch the original developer of ALEPH became the company's Chief Technology Officer. Between 1983 and 1988, all of the eight universities in Israel bought the program and linked up in a network.
In 1986 Ex Libris, Ltd. was founded by technology entrepreneur Azriel Morag to market the software overseas. In 1993 ALEPH was deployed by the seventeen libraries of the Vatican and by 1995 200 libraries in 27 countries had bought it.
In July 1997, Ex Libris acquired Dabis, a leading vendor of automated library systems in the German speaking countries.
Ex Libris has approximately 520 employees in 11 countries. Ex Libris operates an extensive network of eleven wholly owned subsidiaries and 13 distributors, many of which are exclusive. It has offices in Australia, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Singapore, South Korea, the UK, and the US. Ex Libris clients include the Library of Congress, the British Library, and the National Library of China. In 2012, the company reached an agreement with the Orbis Cascade Alliance to supply its 37 academic institutions with a shared ILS.
Ex Libris Alma supports the entire suite of library operations—selection, acquisition, metadata management, digitization, and fulfillment—for the full spectrum of library materials, regardless of format or location.
Primo® is a one-stop solution for the discovery and delivery of local and remote resources, such as books, journal articles, and digital objects.
Ex Libris Rosetta enables institutions to preserve and provide access to the collections in their care, now and in the future.
- Instant access, distant library, Helena Flusfeder, Times Higher Education; 13 November 1995
- Aleph computerizes the Vatican, Israel Business Today; October 22, 1993
- Walden Israel Venture Capital portfolio
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- Ex Libris Acquires SFX Linking Software, Computers in Libraries;Apr2000, Vol. 20 Issue 4, p12
- Implementing cross-search tools: challenges and opportunities Margaret Flett, UCL Library Services
- Developing an Electronic Resource Management System: Verde from Ex Libris, Tamar Sadeh, LIBER Quarterly Vol 14, No 3/4 (2004)
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- Breeding, Marshall (16 November 2012). "Ex Libris Group under new ownership: Leeds Equity sells company to Golden Gate Capital". ALA TechSource. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
- Ennis, Matt (9 October 2012). "Orbis Cascade Alliance Signs Agreement With Ex Libris". The Digital Shift. Retrieved 19 December 2012.