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OCLC and Internet Archive partner to expand library access to digital collections
- 13 Oct 2017

OCLC and Internet Archive are working together to make the Archive's collection of 2.5 million digitised books easier to find and access online and through local libraries.

OCLC will process metadata from the Internet Archive for its digital collection, matching to existing records in WorldCat, the world's most comprehensive database of information about library collections, or adding a new record if one does not exist. The WorldCat record will include a link leading back to the Archive.org record. From there, searchers can examine or potentially borrow the related digital item.

Internet Archive will also add a link from its records to WorldCat.org, the online resource that makes it possible for searchers to quickly and easily find and access resources in libraries nearby - and worldwide.

WorldCat is a unique, global resource for finding items held in libraries of all types and sizes. It comprises more than 402 million records representing more than 2.5 billion holdings in libraries worldwide. Libraries cooperatively contribute, enhance and share bibliographic data through WorldCat, connecting people to cultural and scholarly resources in libraries. OCLC's technology and team of expert catalogers and data quality specialists constantly enrich WorldCat records with new and corrected information to ensure that WorldCat contains the highest quality records possible. Data shared through WorldCat supports a variety of network services and spurs innovation.

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Consorcio Madroño chooses Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 29 Sep 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Consorcio Madroño (the Madroño consortium) has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to enhance collaboration, efficiency, and services for the consortium's members. Alma will replace the SirsiDynix Symphony integrated library system.

The six member universities of the Madroño Consortium, all leading institutions in Madrid, had previously used individual, local, on-premises (non-cloud) deployments of the same integrated library system (ILS) and discovery tool.

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Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de Montpellier joins Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées to become first French library network to select Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 21 Sep 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de Montpellier (BIU, or Interuniversity Library of Montpellier) has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and the Primo® discovery and delivery solution to optimise library management and discovery. Alma and Primo will replace the Aleph® integrated library system.

The BIU will be leveraging the tight integration between Alma and Primo to facilitate the management of the library's growing catalogue of electronic resources. The resulting streamlined workflows and enhanced discoverability will benefit patrons and librarians from the Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3 and the Université de Montpellier as well as users from the Université de Nîmes, the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier, and the Institut Protestant de Théologie (Faculté de Montpellier), whose library systems are managed by the BIU.

Located in the south of France near the Mediterranean Sea, the Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de Montpellier is a network of 14 university libraries and associated libraries serving the entire academic community and supporting all disciplines taught at the universities of Montpellier to more than 65,000 students by 6,000 staff members. Library services include access to a collection of 1.5 million books and a vast range of electronic and digital resources.

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Carnegie Mellon University becomes 1,000th institution to select Ex Libris Alma library services platform
- 13 Sep 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Ex Libris Alma® cloud-based library services platform is now the system of choice for one thousand customers. The thousandth institution to select Alma is Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), which, like the 999 other Alma institutions, will benefit from the streamlined workflows of a unified SaaS resource management solution. Alma will be replacing the SirsiDynix Symphony® integrated library system.

Seeking a solution that is a fundamentally new platform rather than an update of an old product, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries selected Alma primarily for its ease of use, its compatibility with other systems, and the flexibility of its analytics and reporting options. Through its user-friendly interface and integration with the university's financial systems, Alma will greatly improve workflow efficiencies in account creation, billing, and other areas.

Alma continues to be the library platform of choice for academic, state, and national libraries and consortia. The robust, scalable Alma infrastructure is currently live at 750 institutions and in use by over 28,000 library staff members daily in 33 countries around the world, managing over 690 million bibliographic records. Since the beginning of 2017, Alma has carried out over 22 million loan transactions.

Alma claims to be the only truly unified resource management platform handling digital, electronic, and physical resources in a single, streamlined system. The open, cloud-based Alma architecture lowers maintenance and operational costs, while Alma analytics provides libraries with industry benchmarks and a deep understanding of their collections' usage and the possibilities for optimisation.

The collaboration of Ex Libris development teams with Alma customers is key to Alma's success and is evident in the strong user involvement in numerous working groups. Over 900 ideas from Alma users have been posted to the Alma Idea Exchange since its inception in September 2015, with many already implemented or added to the Alma roadmap.

CMU looks forward to benefiting from the openness of the Alma platform. More than 140 Alma APIs are available through the Ex Libris Developer Network and are used by the active Alma developer community to create additional services and automated workflows. In 2017 alone, Alma has handled more than 500 million API transactions for the hundreds of institutions that use it daily.

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KUAS to use Ex Libris' Alma library services and Primo discovery to support collaboration and strengthen integration of university libraries
- 07 Sep 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences (KUAS) has become the first university in Taiwan to choose the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform. Alma and the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution will be replacing a number of the library's current systems, including an integrated library system, electronic resource management system, and discovery system.

KUAS chose Alma and Primo primarily to optimise the integration of workflows between libraries located on two separate campuses. Another factor in the decision was the Alma platform's support for collaboration with partner libraries, a major element of the university's strategic vision. The Alma and Primo cloud-based technology and security meet the high standards that KUAS requires of its vendors.

National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences (KUAS) consists of four colleges offering top-quality undergraduate and graduate programs that serve more than 13,000 students. KUAS was awarded the Plan for Developing Technological University Paradigms grant by the Taiwan Ministry of Education, which, along with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, has established more than 10 research centers at KUAS. The school will soon be incorporating two other universities into its system, which will then become the largest technological university in Taiwan.

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