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Vol. XVI, no. 2 TCU Library Newsletter, Web Edition March 2004
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AND THE WINNER IS….EX LIBRIS ALEPH 500!

Recently, the Mary Couts Burnett Library undertook a market review of computer software products for integrated library systems. We wanted to find a product that would be an effective replacement for the computer system used by the Library for the last 15 years. The Library received a gift of $250,000 from the Amon Carter Foundation for this purchase. After adding this generous gift together with funding from TCU’s operating budget, the Library was able to purchase the Ex Libris ALEPH 500 system.

The new software will enable the Library to continue its current Internet interface for public use and provide a Windows-based interface for staff use. Links between the University’s Peoplesoft system and the Library will support the exchange of data between the two systems for Circulation and Acquisitions. New staff functions within the software include support for binding shipments and EDI (electronic data interchange) for financial data.

June Koelker, Associate University Librarian, appointed a System Migration Task Force in February. The Task Force consists of 12 library employees who will oversee the transition from one system to the other. Challenges facing the Task Force involve mapping data from over a million computer records in the old system to an equal number of records in the new ExLibris system, learning how to use the new system, developing training sessions for more than 50 Library employees who will learn to do their tasks on the new system, and supporting a new UNIX-based operating system for the product. With the able assistance of Kerry Bouchard, the Assistant University Librarian for Systems and TCU’s Information Services staff, the System Migration Task Force will have a busy year in 2004! If you are interested in more information about the Ex Libris or the Aleph 500 system, please visit the company’s website at http://www.exlibris-usa.com.

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