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The National Academic Library and Information System in Bulgaria Goes Live with Primo, SFX, MetaLib, and DigiTool

Press release from: Ex Libris
A celebration in Sofia heralds the launch of a suite of Ex Libris solutions at three prestigious Bulgarian institutions

Hamburg, Germany – September 27, 2010. Ex Libris® Group is pleased to announce that the National Academic Library and Information System (NALIS) in Bulgaria has gone live with the Primo® discovery and delivery solution, the SFX® OpenURL link resolver, the MetaLib® gateway and metasearch solution, and the DigiTool® digital asset management system.

“The solutions that have been installed in our member institutions appear to have been designed uniquely to realize our strategy,” commented Dincho Krastev, library director of the Central Library of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and executive director of NALIS. “The NALIS team was impressed by the smooth and successful cooperation with Ex Libris experts, who consistently met our requirements during the implementation period. Ex Libris as a company, and each staff member who has worked on our implementation, has been responsive, motivated and proactive in support of our unique needs.”

The NALIS foundation is comprised of the three most prestigious academic institutions in the country: the Bulgarian Academy of Science, the Sofia University, and the American University in Bulgaria, with the support of the America for Bulgaria Foundation. Two founding members of NALIS—the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Sofia University—have run the Aleph® integrated library system (ILS) for over 10 years.

Mr Krastev added: “Primo offers our users a single interface for finding and obtaining all the information they need from our extensive collections. Thanks to its seamless integration with Aleph, Primo provides many library services via the discovery interface, avoiding a hand-off to the Web-based ILS for tasks such as renewals, holds, fines, recalls, and user profile updates.”

Marc Daubach, corporate vice president and general manager of Ex Libris Europe, remarked: “I am honored to be invited to the celebration marking the launch of Ex Libris solutions at the NALIS consortium. Having worked closely with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Sofia University for more than a decade, it is very exciting to see our partnership strengthen in this way. We are looking forward to ensuring that our solutions continue to meet the unique needs of NALIS users in years to come.”

About the National Academic Library Information System (NALIS)
The Bulgarian Academy of Science, the Sofia University, and the American University in Bulgaria formed NALIS as a non-governmental organization supporting academic libraries throughout Bulgaria. The goals of NALIS are the development and strengthening of education, science, and culture; the provision of training, specialization, and professional qualifications in the field of library information and communication systems; and the coordination of international, national, and regional projects for the development of cooperation in the library and information industries.
For additional information about NALIS, see www.nalis.bg/.

About the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) was founded in 1869, and the first issue of its Periodical Journal, still its official publication, was published in 1870. The Academy’s mission statement expresses its dedication to “the development of science in conformity with universal human values and the country’s national interest.” There are eleven focus areas within the academy, including new materials, nanotechnologies and modern physics technologies, information and communication technologies, energy sources and energy effectiveness, ecology, biodiversity and bioresources, and knowledge-based economy and community.
For additional information about the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, see www.bas.bg/cgi-bin/e-cms/vis/vis.pl?s=001&p=0200.

About the Sofia University
The Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski was the first institution of higher education in Bulgaria. It has grown to become the largest and most prestigious educational and scientific centre in the country, with faculties spread over several campuses around Sofia. The university consists of faculties of mathematics and informatics, physics, chemistry, biology, journalism and mass communication, theology, economics and business administration, and preschool and primary school education. About 25,000 students are enrolled at the university, of which 8,000 are in master’s programs and 1,000 are doctoral students.
For additional information about the Sofia University, see portal.uni-sofia.bg/index.php/eng/.

About the American University in Bulgaria
The American University in Bulgaria was established in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, on June 24, 1991, through the joint efforts of USAID, the Open Society Institute, and the Bulgarian local and national government. The intent of the founders was to establish a University that could educate a new generation of leaders to assist the newly independent Bulgaria develop economically, politically, and socially.
AUBG is a selective, residential, liberal arts university based upon the classic American model. The University offers nine majors and eleven minors, spanning the traditional core liberal arts programs as well as computer science and business.
For additional information about the American University in Bulgaria, see: www.aubg.bg/.

About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic, national, and research libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 75 countries on six continents.

Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables libraries to maximize productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.
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