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Library and Archives Canada in deal to use OCLC WMS as its library services platform, to move catalogue to WorldCat
- 17 Apr 2017

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has entered into an agreement with OCLC to use OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library services platform and move its National Union Catalogue to WorldCat. These moves are designed to make Canada's documentary heritage more widely accessible and available to library users in Canada and around the world.

OCLC was awarded the contract following a Government of Canada public procurement process. OCLC was determined to be the only organisation that was able to meet all of LAC's requirements.Under this agreement, current union catalogue data will be loaded and maintained in WorldCat, the most comprehensive union catalogue that currently represents the collections of hundreds of Canadian libraries and thousands of libraries around the world. A subset of WorldCat will be created to produce a Canadian view of the catalogue, and a link to this subset will be available on the LAC website. There are currently more than 122 million holdings from Canadian libraries represented in WorldCat, and as many as 10 million unique items are held by Canadian libraries.

More Canadian libraries will be able to join OCLC to take full advantage of services offered. Many Canadian libraries already subscribe to OCLC interlibrary loan and copy cataloging services. LAC's transition to OCLC will not affect these libraries. As a provision of the agreement, LAC will support small public libraries and small libraries at post-secondary institutions.

WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is the library services platform that offers all the applications needed to manage a library, including acquisitions, circulation, metadata, resource sharing, license management and a single-search discovery interface for library users. WMS also includes analytics tools and a range of standard reports, and allows libraries to develop their own analytics so they can better understand their activities and track key metrics over time.

Libraries worldwide use WMS to share bibliographic records, publisher and knowledge base data, vendor records, serials patterns and more. With WorldCat at its foundation, WMS enables libraries to draw on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide for more efficient workflows and avoid duplication of efforts in having to copy metadata in various environments. WMS also provides libraries with the unique opportunity to share innovation, applications, infrastructure, vision and success in serving their users.

As part of the unique features OCLC will offer to LAC, OCLC will continue maintaining the LAC French-language name authority file using WMS. Once these authority records are migrated to the WMS platform and WorldCat, LAC will use WorldShare metadata management applications to create and update French name authorities. LAC French-language authority data will be integrated into OCLC's cataloging services and continue to be freely accessible through the Virtual International Authority File.

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Three Southern Nevada Libraries to implement Ex Libris' Alma and Primo solutions
- 11 Apr 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), along with the College of Southern Nevada and Nevada State College, has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery platform.

The UNLV University Libraries, UNLV Law Library, the College of Southern Nevada, and Nevada State College are the core academic libraries of Southern Nevada. In addition, the Desert Research Institute's library in Las Vegas will also join in migrating to the selected systems. All institutions are members of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). Ex Libris provides a fully operational cloud-based platform that increases efficiency; streamlines workflows; consolidates the management of physical, electronic, and digital collections; provides robust discovery of all types of library resources, including locally created digital assets; and offers top-quality reporting and analytics features. The Alma platform's resource management and capability to integrate with existing infrastructures and third-party systems, such as UNLV's automated storage and retrieval system (LASR), were major factors in UNLV's decision. More than 500 customers, many of whose collections and budgets are similar to UNLV in size, are using Alma today.

The Alma platform's unified approach to managing electronic resources eliminates the duplication of activities and reduces the need to enter information into multiple systems. Built-in workflow rules and task lists enable the library staff to focus more on exceptions that require human intervention and thus spend less time on routine tasks, which can be automated. Additionally, the integration of the Alma knowledge base and external sources of data (for example, vendor databases) expedites the process of making newly acquired resources discoverable by patrons.

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Université libre de Bruxelles to implement Ex Libris Alma, Primo and Leganto
- 07 Apr 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Université libre de Bruxelles will be implementing the Ex Libris Alma® library management service, Primo® discovery and delivery solution, and LegantoSM course reading list solution to assist the university libraries in meeting the needs of students and teaching staff, increasing efficiencies, and tightly integrating library systems with campus teaching and learning applications.

Currently, the ULB libraries manage their diverse collections of resources in a number of different systems. The resulting complexity of workflows and manual processes was likely to lead to oversights and increase the burden on library and IT staff. The move to the Ex Libris solutions will enable the university to create simpler workflows with more automation and greater connectivity, thus reducing manual intervention, duplication of effort, and the potential for mistakes.

The university plans to take advantage of the analytics and reporting functions in Alma and Primo to drive evidence-based collection development and strategic planning. In addition, the well-documented open APIs will help the university integrate its library systems with the university's various information services, such as the finance system, student registration, the virtual learning environment, and web portals.

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UC Santa Barbara selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions
- 05 Apr 2017

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and Primo® discovery and delivery solution to manage and expose the library's increasingly diverse collections and to deliver a streamlined user experience.

UCSB Library sought a mature, stable web-based system that enables the library staff to manage e‑resources and metadata effectively, provides strong support for data curation activities, and operates well with external systems.

As a flexible, powerful, and integrated service platform, the combination of Alma and Primo will increase efficiency; facilitate collaboration among different university roles; encourage innovation in library operations as well as in academic scholarship; and provide the means for improving library processes. The adoption of Primo by UCSB will offer local researchers considerable added value through unified access to both print resources and online licensed content through a sophisticated discovery system.

Using the robust analytics capabilities offered by Alma and Primo, UC Santa Barbara Library will be better able to demonstrate its value for academic outcomes. In addition, the resource usage and cost data generated by Alma will help the librarians make actionable curating decisions that will be aligned with the users' needs, thus maximizing the use of the collection budget.

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Spanish National Research Council selects Ex Libris Alma to help improve support for scientific research in Spain
- 31 Mar 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, or CSIC) has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library management service to strengthen the Council's support for Spain's scientific research endeavours. Alma will be integrated with CSIC's implementation of the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution.

CSIC was the first Ex Libris Aleph® customer outside of Israel and has been working with the Ex Libris SFX OpenURL link resolver since 2005 and the Primo solution since 2015. As CSIC addresses the changes in demand on its Network of Libraries and Archives (60 facilities that support the 3,000 researchers at CSIC) and the shifting nature of the Network's collections, the Council looks forward to the opportunity to position itself at the forefront of library services technology.

With the move to the cloud-based Alma platform and its SaaS model, CSIC staff will no longer have to implement software updates or manage hardware and network infrastructure upgrades, maintenance, and replacement. In addition, the unified management of resources via streamlined Alma workflows will help the CSIC meet the increasing demand for e-resources. The resulting reduction of the librarians' workload will give them more time to provide enhanced services to end users.

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