March 7, 2005
Ex Libris (China) is pleased to announce that the National Library of China has selected the companys MetaLib® library portal and SFX® context-sensitive link server to manage the librarys large collection of hybrid electronic resources and provide patrons with seamless access to the librarys services. In 2001, the National Library of China joined the Ex Libris family, becoming one of the major ALEPH 500™ users in China and throughout the world.
Our library made a thorough comparison and evaluation of all the domestic and international systems on the market before we opted for MetaLib/SFX, explained Professor Chen Li, deputy director of the National Library of China. After our successful cooperation on the ALEPH 500 project, I look forward to making this project into another showcase site.
We are greatly honored that the National Library of China has selected the MetaLib/SFX tools to further our cooperation, commented Mr. Fucheng Shen, managing director of the Beijing office of Ex Libris. With the joint efforts of both sides, I am confident that this project will enjoy the same success as the ALEPH 500 project, Mr. Shen added.
The National Library of China has collected a large number of electronic resources. Besides subscribing to more than 100 foreign-language databases and 50 domestic Chinese databases, it has established over 50 of its own Chinese databases, some of which represent unique collections. The total size of the digital materials in these 50 databases is about 100 TB, with more than one million metadata records.
About the National Library of China:
Established in 1909 and formally opened to the public in August of 1912, the National Library of China is a comprehensive research library with a history of rich and varied collections. Serving as the countys national repository, the library is dedicated to the collection, processing, storage, development, communication, and proliferation of knowledge and information. Among its holdings of more than 20 million items is a collection of ancient books and foreign publications for which the library is particularly well known.
About Ex Libris:
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer and provider of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, has been installed at more than 1250 sites and consortia in over 51 countries. MetaLib®, the information portal for library collections, and SFX®, the context-sensitive linking solution for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment, have collectively been purchased by more than 725 institutions in 36 countries. DigiTool, a solution for the construction of digital collections, and Verde, the new electronic resource management (ERM) system, round out the Ex Libris product suite.