Ex Libris is a worldwide pioneer in the field of software solutions for libraries and information centers. The development of the Ex Libris ALEPH system commenced in 1980, when a team of librarians, systems analysts and programmers took on the challenge of creating an automated library system that was efficient, user-friendly and multilingual. The Ex Libris suite of products supports a range of standards that guarantee interoperability with other systems. The company is active in national and international standards bodies, such as the National Information Standards Organization and the British Standards Institute Committee for Computer Applications in Information and Documentation. Its product line has been customized to serve users' functional and linguistic needs in more than 20 languages. Staff resources consist of more than 280 employees worldwide. To support a large customer base, Ex Libris is represented in nearly 25 countries. Ex Libris is headquartered in Des Plaines, Ill.