March 2, 2006
Ex Libris™ (Germany) is pleased to announce that the Joint Services of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Committee of the Regions (CoR) has recently signed a contract for the purchase of ALEPH® 500 to replace the institutions local EOS International GLAS library system.
EESC/CoR joins the growing number of European Union (EU) institutions using ALEPH 500 including: the Central Library of the European Commission, the EC Directorate General for Education and Culture, the European Central Bank, the European Centre for Development of Vocational Training, and the European Court of Auditors. EESC/CoR expects to set up a joint implementation project with the Council of the European Union, which has announced its plan to contract for ALEPH 500 early in 2006.
Among the key factors for choosing ALEPH 500 were the systems state-of-the-art and open architecture, flexible user interface, and the ease with which ALEPH 500 will meld with the existing technology infrastructure of the European Union.
ALEPH 500 is the perfect system to integrate the information infrastructure of the many institutional EU bodies that continue to join the Ex Libris community, explains Jurgen Kussow, Ex Libris Senior Sales Consultant. ALEPH 500 incorporates the diverse requirements of the various EU institutions, which will ultimately adopt this system, providing a single, multilingual information access point for the documents and media hosted by the EU libraries.
About the European Economic and Social Committee:
Founded in 1957, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is an advisory body representing employers, trade unions, farmers, consumers and other interest groups. The Committees 317 members present their views and defend their interests in policy discussions with the Commission, the Council, and the European Parliament creating a bridge between the Union and its citizens and promoting a more cooperative, comprehensive and therefore more democratic society in Europe.
For additional information on the European Economic and Social Committee, please see: http://www.eesc.europa.eu/index_en.asp
About the Committee of the Regions:
Established in 1994, the Committee of the Regions (CoR) is an advisory body composed of representatives of Europes regional and local authorities. The CoR must be consulted before EU decisions are taken on matters such as regional policy, the environment, education and transport – all of which concern local and regional government. The role of the Committee is to put forward local and regional points of view on EU legislation, by issuing opinion papers on Commission proposals.
For additional information on the Committee of the Regions, please see: http://www.cor.europa.eu/En/index.htm
About Ex Libris:
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer and provider of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers. ALEPH 500, the Ex Libris integrated library solution has been installed at over 1500 sites in 62 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 900 institutions in 36 countries. DigiTool®, a solution for the construction of digital collections, and Verde®, the new electronic resource management (ERM) system, complete the Ex Libris product suite.