Ex Libris strengthens the Israeli university library system, making Israeli students and universities more competitive in the global market.
Israel is in the midst of a brain drain with 22% of the Members of the Israeli Faculty Association now employed full time in the US alone. In 1977, there was 1 professor for every 12.6 students in Israeli professional schools. In 2016, the number of students has increased to 26. As the number of professors per student decreases, the importance of secondary resources increases.
As it stands, each Israeli university maintains a Unified National Library System but each University solicits its own donations. This is counterproductive as it results in competition between universities as well as the duplication of resources. Resources are becoming more expensive and Israeli universities cannot afford to keep up with their American and UK counterparts. This is most evident in the business and medicine fields where resources are becoming either scarce or outdated.
Ex Libris looks to solve this issue by supplementing the existing Israeli library system and unifying and amplifying universities’ purchasing power. With the help of its partner Google, Ex Libiris is currently developing a centralized database that can include both hard copies and digital resources, which will be available for all graduates on an on-call basis through the national library system. Ex Libris has applied for to receive status as the first independent academic university library system in operation.