September 7, 2006
Jerusalem, Israel—September 7, 2006. Ex Libris™ is pleased to announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the National Digital Science Library (NDSL) of Korea for the implementation of SFX®, the award-winning link resolver from Ex Libris. NDSL will host SFX and will provide SFX services to a large number of Korean institutions.
Mr. Ho Nam Choi, director of the National Digital Science Library, stated, NDSL has been searching for the best solution to seamlessly link various widely dispersed electronic resources. After a rigorous evaluation process, the NDSL team was convinced that SFX was what we were looking for. We are naming the project SFX@NDSL and plan to offer SFX hosting, implementation, and support services. Through the SFX@NDSL project, I am sure that participating institutions will enjoy the benefit of high-quality SFX linking services based on NDSL hardware and manpower.
I am very excited about signing the memorandum for the SFX partnership between Ex Libris and NDSL, noted Jun Pyo Hong, general manager of Ex Libris Korea. Consortium purchasing of software solutions is not common in Korea. I am confident that this partnership will be a case in point of hardware and personnel resource sharing that cuts down the total cost of ownership tremendously. I am certain that the quality of the SFX product and NDSLs customer service will create significant value for Korean libraries.
Oded Scharfstein, Ex Libris VP Asia Pacific, adds, Ex Libris is delighted to partner with NDSL, an organization with a proven track record for excellence and innovation, that plays an important role in the Korean library and e-resource market. This partnership reflects our belief in the Korean market and strengthens our commitment to it.
The National Digital Science Library is a scholarly information service providing a one-click comprehensive portal for all types of foreign scholarly literature, serving researchers nationwide. NDSL currently provides search and full-text delivery services for over 34 million bibliographic records from journal and proceedings articles. NDSL operates an electronic journal consortium, called the Korea Electronic Site License Initiative (KESLI), to greatly expand the availability of foreign scholarly information by consortium-based purchasing of electronic journals from publishers and information providers. In addition to electronic journals, NDSL manages a resource-sharing network for KESLI members print journal holdings.
For additional information on NDSL, please see http://ndsl.or.kr/eng/newindex.html
About Ex Libris:
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer and provider of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers, with installations in 62 countries. ALEPH®, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, has been installed at over 1700 sites worldwide. 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 over 950 institutions in 40 countries. DigiTool®, a solution for the construction of digital collections, and Verde®, the electronic resource management (ERM) system, have been warmly adopted by customers worldwide.
Primo®, our next-generation, user-centric discovery and delivery solution–and the newest addition to the Ex Libris product suite–was launched at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans in June 2006.