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Bureau de cooperation interuniversitaire to move Quebec university libraries to WorldShare
- 19 Jun 2019

The Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI), a coalition of Québec universities, has selected OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as the library services platform for 17 of its members.

WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is a cloud-based library services platform with WorldCat as its foundation that allows library staff to draw on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide for more efficient workflows. WMS also enables staff to better manage resources in all formats and provide their users with improved access to the library's collections and the world's knowledge.

The selection of WMS followed a rigorous evaluation process that spanned more than a year. Among the BCI objectives for this innovative project: create a network with a single, shared platform for participating Québec university libraries; provide flexibility for individual institutions to maintain their identities; use the shared platform to expand cooperation among member libraries; and enhance the end-user experience through a merged union catalog within a bilingual environment.

OCLC and BCI have agreed to jointly develop a unique feature that will improve the searching experience of bilingual and multilingual users through a combination of tools using artificial intelligence, automated translation and the use of controlled vocabulary, such as the Répertoire des vedettes-matière (RVM). This new concept will prevent users from having to repeat the same searches in other languages to retrieve records.

Together, the coalition of Quebec university libraries holds 10 million print and electronic titles. The BCI partnership comprises French and English academic libraries. They will manage records in one union catalog for a bilingual community, circulating material among all partnership libraries when they go live with WMS.

BCI's move to WMS builds on several recent large-scale OCLC cooperative initiatives in Canada. Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is now using WorldShare Management Services as its platform to manage its library services and two authority files (French Names and Canadian Subject Headings). LAC went live with WMS, locally named Aurora, in December 2018. LAC is also using WorldCat as the foundation of Canada's new National Union Catalogue, Voilà, launched earlier in 2018. The University of Winnipeg (December 2018) and McGill University (May 2019) also recently started using WMS.

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University of Verona selects Ex Libris' Alma Library Services Platform and Primo Discovery Solution
- 19 Jun 2019

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of Verona has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution. The university will be migrating from the Ex Libris Aleph® integrated library system (ILS).

The library team at Verona currently has numerous separate workflows, which causes complexity in the management of their work processes. The situation is further complicated by the library's use of additional software for link resolution and resource recommendations, and the need to support and maintain such software.

Alma and Primo will provide the university with a unified platform that will make it easier for users to search the library's resources and for staff members to follow up on personalised resource recommendations. The integrated, shared workflows that will become available through the platform will streamline operations at Verona and reduce data redundancy, while the advanced analytics and benchmarking features will help the library's managers make better-informed decisions.

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Utrecht University selects OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as its library services platform
- 13 Jun 2019

Utrecht University, one of the oldest and most highly regarded universities in the Netherlands, has selected OCLC's WorldShare Management Services as its library services platform.

The selection of WorldShare Management Services (WMS) begins the Library's transition away from its legacy system to a cloud-based platform. Stated goals for the Library moving to WMS include improved management of digital library materials, the ability to work within the parameters of international metadata standards, and to deliver more efficient, consistent workflows.

WMS helps libraries worldwide manage their resources in all formats and enables global access to collaborative library data. The platform provides automated library workflows that enhance existing systems and support the expansion of the discovery experience.

Utrecht University has over 30,000 students, 6,700 staff members and more than 600 professors. The Library collection includes over 4.2 million books and 60 manuscript archives, comprising over 700 medieval manuscripts, over 1,000 post-medieval manuscripts and a large, unique collection of hand-written lecture notes dating back to the 16th century.

In 2016, the Library completed the digitisation of all medieval manuscripts, and OCLC will support access by a greater number of users to these materials through WorldCat.

As a member of the UKB, a consortium of 13 university libraries and the National Library in the Netherlands, Utrecht University is a proponent of the benefits of sharing data through WorldCat. WorldCat is the data foundation for WMS. The savings and workflow efficiencies offered by the WMS cloud-based system helps to streamline the Library's back-office processes, improves the management of digital and physical materials and acquisitions, and provides staff with reporting facilities to track key metrics.

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University of the Sunshine Coast opts for Ex Libris Esploro early adopter program
- 21 May 2019

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), in Queensland, Australia, has opted to become an early adopter of the Ex Libris Esploro research services platform. Seamlessly integrated with an institution's research workflows, the Esploro platform increases the impact of academic research by systematically capturing, managing, and disseminating research output and data; leveraging library expertise and technology; and strengthening compliance with institutional policies and government and funder requirements. As a member of the Esploro early adopter program, the university will collaborate with Ex Libris in the development of the solution's functionality.

The University of the Sunshine Coast's current research repository, which has been in place since 2007, lacked the required functionality for moving the university's research agenda forward. To replace the repository, the university sought a holistic solution that would streamline the management of research output, improve interoperability with campus systems, and provide robust reporting and analytics features.

Library staff will be working closely with stakeholders from the Office of Research, the Information Technology team, and the researchers to implement a solution that serves all parties well.

The university's choice of the Esploro solution was due in part to the fact that it is built on the Ex Libris Higher-Ed platform, which is already in use at USC supporting the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform, the Primo® discovery and delivery solution, and the Leganto reading list solution. Library staff members have amassed considerable expertise in the administration and user experience of Ex Libris systems and are confident in the company's ability to deliver a quality product.

By implementing the Esploro platform, particularly as more modules are developed, the university will improve the integration of the Office of Research's disparate systems and processes. In recent years, USC has made significant gains in building its research profile; having an effective research-asset management system in place will support such growth in the long term.

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Ex Libris upgrades its Primo and Summon services with Central Discovery Index
- 30 Apr 2019

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced the creation of the Central Discovery Index (CDI), a robust, comprehensive content index that will expand the capabilities of the Ex Libris Summon® and Primo® discovery services. The CDI will enrich users' discovery experience across both flagship discovery services, enabling libraries to better support researchers' needs through smart discovery services driven by artificial intelligence.

The discovery environment is evolving rapidly, with content indexes that need to contain an ever-increasing quantity of new materials and resource types. With its advanced design, the CDI will enable Primo and Summon libraries to meet new discovery challenges while maintaining data quality and content neutrality.

Aligned with the roadmaps of the Primo and Summon discovery services, the unified index will enable customers of both services to benefit from faster update cycles, improved content ingestion, enhanced relevance ranking, and one-time activation of content. The CDI will also be instrumental in the development of new user-centric services that will improve discovery and the access to library collections.

The new Central Discovery Index is designed to provide a smooth, seamless upgrade for all customers. It will be rolled out gradually, beginning in the third quarter of 2019, with the majority of Summon and Primo customers already benefiting from it in 2020. With the CDI, Ex Libris will upgrade the infrastructure that is currently in place for both delivery services.

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