News from Ex Libris

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Article publication date: 1 September 2004



(2004), "News from Ex Libris", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 38 No. 3.



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News from Ex Libris

News from Ex Libris

The Royal Library of Belgium chooses DigiTool from Ex Libris

Ex Libris (France) has announced that the Royal Library of Belgium has chosen to implement the DigiTool digital asset management system to control and enable sharing of its collection of electronic publications.

The implementation of DigiTool will be conducted by Dr Guido Goedemé, Head of the Royal Library’s Section of Automated Documentation. “DigiTool was chosen above the other systems researched due to its functionality in the construction of electronic publications archives, which can be enjoyed through the user-friendly Web OPAC. We see Ex Libris’s experience with national libraries as well as its experience with library management systems as welcome assets”, commented De Goedemé, who has been responsible for the electronic publication of the Belgian Bibliography since 1998. The Belgian law, dating from 1965, that pertains to the legal deposit of printed documents will be extended to include electronic publications in the near future.

The Royal Library of Belgium is the country’s national library, and is responsible for the collection, preservation and availability of documents published in Belgium, about Belgium, or by Belgians abroad. In addition to being an important scientific library, it also possesses rich collections of modern scientific publications, illuminated manuscripts, rare books, maps, globes, and coins.

Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer and provider of high-performance applications for libraries, information centres and researchers. Ex Libris’s ALEPH integrated library solution has been installed at over 800 sites and consortia in 50 countries. MetaLib, the information portal for library collections, and SFX, the context-sensitive link server for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment, have been adopted by more than 450 institutions in 30 countries. The DigiTool product, for the construction of digital collections as a component of an overall digital strategy, rounds out the Ex Libris product suite.

For further information please contact Ex Libris (UK) Ltd, Bridge House, 119-23 Station Rd, Hayes, Middlesex UB3 4BX. Tel: +44(0) 20 8561 5614; Fax: +44(0) 20 8561 5634; E-mail:; URL:

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