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Bethel College and Saint Mary's College join PALNI and the OCLC WorldShare Management Services community
- 19 Apr 2018

Bethel College, in Mishawaka, Indiana, and Saint Mary's College, in Notre Dame, Indiana, have joined the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI), and are now part of the OCLC WorldShare Management Services community.

Bethel College and Saint Mary's College join a highly engaged and collaborative group of private college and seminary libraries across Indiana bringing the number of supported institutions up to 24. PALNI uses WorldShare Management Services (WMS) to provide direct, unmediated access to the collective collections of all of the institutions without the need to export or import records.

The PALNI board of directors has committed to "deep collaboration" among PALNI institutions, providing better service by sharing resources to reduce duplication and fuel innovation. New expertise from both schools will aid the consortium to increase collaboration efforts and enhance traditional services. Bethel College and Saint Mary's College will have access to more than 200 colleagues and support staff from the other PALNI schools, a cost-efficient contract with OCLC for WorldShare Management Services, a consortium-wide resource-sharing program called PALShare, an instructional technology collaboration, affordable education initiatives, and a host of other services that continue to grow to meet the new needs of students and faculty.

WorldShare Management Services is the cloud-based library services platform that provides all of the applications needed to manage a library, including acquisitions, circulation, resource sharing, metadata and license management, and a discovery service for library users. It also includes a range of reports that help libraries better understand their activities and track key metrics over time.

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Agreement between EBSCO Information Services and Infoestratégica Latina to offer libraries choice and support for FOLIO Systems
- 13 Apr 2018

A new relationship between EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Infoestratégica Latina is designed to ensure that libraries adopting the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP) will be able to rely on hosting and services support. The agreement secures Infoestrategica's pledge to provide FOLIO application and support services backed by EBSCO hosting technology and data services.

Infoestratégica Latina, located in Mexico City and Bogota, is one of the biggest general library service vendors in Latin America. Infoestratégica Latina will work closely with EBSCO to provide support for their Latin American libraries using FOLIO as their library services platform.

EBSCO has supported FOLIO with funding, developers and project management as well as provided funding for Koha open source development. EBSCO will be providing hosting services and advanced software support as well as a complement of data integration services for libraries adopting the FOLIO LSP.

Infoestratégica Latina and EBSCO will be working together and with the FOLIO community to support the first libraries going live with FOLIO in 2019.

Since being announced in June 2016, FOLIO has formed a community and librarians and developers have joined special interest groups that are actively creating an open source LSP that supports traditional resource management functionality that can be extended into emerging areas. FOLIO is being designed to be flexible to allow librarians to select the applications that best align with their workflow needs.

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State University of New York selects Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution
- 04 Apr 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the State University of New York (SUNY) has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to be used by 61 libraries of the university system. The next-generation Alma platform will replace the Ex Libris Aleph® integrated library system, while the Primo solution will be implemented in place of the various discovery layers that have been in use up to now, including the EBSCO Discovery Service.

The SUNY Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) sought a single library system to replace all of the disparate systems in use across the university. Moving to the Alma platform will increase efficiency and maximise the use of resources; libraries will have access to cross-system analytics, which will facilitate data-driven decisions; and the cloud-based Alma solution will provide opportunities for integration with a variety of other university services, such as student information systems and financial systems.

SUNY faculty, staff, and students will benefit from the easy-to-use, customisable Primo interface to discover and obtain materials from the collections of all SUNY libraries.

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University of Wolverhampton selects Ex Libris' Alma, Primo and Leganto services
- 30 Mar 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the United Kingdom's University of Wolverhampton has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform, Primo® discovery and delivery solution, and LegantoTM course reading list solution. The university library will be migrating from the Capita Alto library management system and integrating the Leganto solution with Wolverhampton's virtual learning environment and student portal to improve pathways to course readings.

Wolverhampton plans to take advantage of the solutions' sophisticated analytics to optimize the library collections so that they will better support the needs of the students and academic staff, while integrated workflows will increase library efficiency. The openness of the Ex Libris solutions will also enable the library to implement radio-frequency identification technology, thereby increasing self-service for printed materials, streamlining library tasks, and enabling the library to extend its opening hours.

Having listened to student feedback on the learning resources provided, it is expected that investment in a new digital library system including Ex Libris Alma, Primo, and Leganto will completely transform the university's library services.

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Japan's Keio University and Waseda University opt for Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions
- 29 Mar 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that Japan's Keio University and Waseda University have chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to enhance collaboration, efficiency, and services for the universities' libraries. The Alma platform will replace the Innovative Millennium integrated library system used by Waseda and the Ex Libris Aleph® integrated library system at Keio University.

In 2017, the two universities formed a consortium aimed at dramatically improving their collaboration and efficiency. Immediately afterwards, the new consortium embarked on a process of seeking a library services solution to support the universities' goals. With their selection of the Alma and Primo solutions, Keio and Waseda became the first two institutions in Japan to opt for the two Ex Libris systems.

Keio and Waseda Universities, which operate 30 libraries on 11 campuses, used a rigorous evaluation process to identify a system that applies the latest technologies and is built on a cloud-based, software-as-a-solution (SaaS) platform with monthly updates and streamlined consortium workflows. The Alma platform will enable the consortium to optimise collaboration and library management processes and will provide the cross-institution analytics that are essential for making increasingly complex decisions. With the Primo discovery solution, users will be able to easily access all resources in the consortium, regardless of their source institution. In addition, the many Primo configuration options will enable the consortium to apply Japanese-specific features and attributes.

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