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Novanet has begun the process of replacing its current Integrated LibrarySystem with a new product, Aleph by Ex Libris, which will enhance ourability to serve the community.

Find out more:

Sneak Preview of the New Catalogue!

The New Novanet (ALEPH) FAQ

ALEPH Implementation Newsletter

ALEPH Project Timeline

The New Novanet Catalogue

A New Novanet, coming in January, will feature an enhanced catalogue with a new look and services:

  • Easier to use
  • Links between the catalogue and online resources
  • Save searches and search strategies
  • E-mail results
  • More links to the Web
  • Limit searches by format and location
  • For a sneak preview visit:

    The New Novanet

  • What is the New Novanet (ALEPH) ?
  • Why do we need a new library management system?
  • How will the New Novanet benefit library users?
  • When will the New Novanet be available?
  • Other libraries using ALEPH
  • What is the New Novanet (ALEPH)?

    The New Novanet is a state-of-the-art library automation system. It encompasses a web-based library catalogue, plus Cataloguing, Acquisitions/Serials, Circulation, and Interlibrary Loan modules.

    Why do we need a new library management system?

    In November 2003, a Task Force to Revisit the Need for a New Novanet Library Management System determined that circumstances, needs, support costs and new opportunities for regional collaboration on a wider basis had changed sufficiently to warrant replacing the current Geac Advance system. The Novanet consortium decided to seek a new system for its members, within the context of finding a regional solution which would enhance collaboration and resource sharing within the Atlantic region, and increase the efficient use of staff and technology for all partners within the Council of Atlantic University Libraries.

    In the summer of 2004, Novanet embarked on a process to choose a replacement for GEAC Advance. Three vendors were chosen for the RFP and in December 2004 an agreement was signed to purchase ALEPH from Ex Libris.

    How will the New Novanet benefit library users?

    The sophisticated, easy-to-use online catalogue is your gateway to the New Novanet system. Requiring only a standard Web browser on your computer, the catalogue provides access to library information at any time and from any location. The New Novanet offers you many great features:

    • Renew and return materials without the assistance of library staff. The New Novanet OPAC module gives you the freedom to renew and return library items independently and at any time, even during the library’s closed hours
    • Link directly from the online catalogue to library resources including citation databases, Web-based resources, local information repositories, the full text of an ejournal, and a range of other resources
    • Define your own default interface language and record-display format
    • Save specific search results and search strategies to a personal e-shelf for later retrieval, and send this information by email to other interested parties
    • Use the powerful, straightforward search tools with basic or advanced search capabilities, as well as a virtually unlimited number of browse and search indexes
    • When will the New Novanet be available?

      Barring unforeseen complications, we are hoping to have the New Novanet up and running in January 2006. Keep an eye on Novanet’s Project Implementation website for updates to the timeline.

      Other libraries using ALEPH

      The New Novanet ALEPH system is currently being used by over 1250 libraries in 51 countries around the world, from Argentina to Turkey.

      To get a sense of what ALEPH looks like in action, explore some North American library sites which are using it:

    • Harvard University Libraries
    • MIT Libraries
    • McGill Libraries
    • University of Michigan Libraries