Maximize your library's efficiency

The Aleph integrated library system (ILS) with its efficient, user-friendly tools is currently used by 40 research libraries in the MPG to accomodate the daily demands of their researchers. Aleph is supporting the complete workflow of a modern, user-centered research library in every need (incl. catalog enrichment, acquisition, serials control, loan, inter library loan, web-based search interface). The system configuration can be tailored to meet virtually any library policy or procedure, enabling the creation of unique policies and workflows. The service is hosted by the GWDG, and the librarians are supported by MPDL and GWDG with regard to system configuration and optimization. We will happily assist librarians of the MPG who take an interest in Aleph and consider it to become their new ILS, concerning licensing questions and providing a first overview of the Aleph functionalities. Aleph is an integrated library system (ILS) by Ex Libris. Since 2000 the Max Planck Society and the GWDG have been running a central Aleph server for MPI libraries.

The forty instances do not share a common database (no library consortia), but are quite independent in their setup.

MPDL is responsible for overall coordination and licensing matters. Hosting, support, and central system librarians' tasks are done by GWDG. System librarians in the MPIs take care of their libraries' individual setup and, in a joint working group with GWDG and MPDL, of a standardized setup for those libraries wishing their setup to be maintained centrally. Another working group develops and keeps up to date a corporate design for the Aleph OPAC.

The Aleph team is a group of MPI librarians and members of MPDL and GWDG. They meet about twice a year to discuss different topics, e.g. ongoing developments, the roll out of software upgrades and the participation of the partners in national and international Aleph user groups. The Aleph Team issues a bi-monthly Newsletter informing the librarians of its ongoing work. Discussion and documentation tool for the work of the Aleph team ist the Aleph Wiki. General information on the MPS Aleph Server is available. (Note: Some of the links in this article lead to the Aleph Wiki to which access is restricted to members of MPS and GWDG.)

Contact: Irina Arndt (MPDL)