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Université Paris-Saclay selects Ex Libris Primo Discovery and Delivery Solution to increase content usage and improve the discovery experience
- 30 May 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Université Paris-Saclay (UPSaclay) consortium will deploy the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution at its 16 member institutions to increase content usage and create an optimum discovery experience for users.

UPSaclay is a French "ComUE," or Communauté d'universités et d'établissements (Community of Universities and Institutions), a type of higher-educational and research consortium. Comprising three universities, seven research centers, and nine engineering and business schools, UPSaclay has more than 65,000 students and more than 10,000 researchers and teachers. The University also hosts research and educational centers for a number of international companies.

UPSaclay needed a consortial Discovery tool in order to allow access to the collections of its sixteen member institutions and to support PhD students and researchers across the campus as well as its collaborative research laboratories. Moreover, since each member institution has its own distinct mission, UPSaclay required a discovery solution that will allow each member institution to share resources while allowing each library to configure the system to meet the needs of its own user community.

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Ex Libris introduces new citation trail capability, provides researchers and students with more ways to discover resources
- 03 May 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced the new Primo® citation trail capability, which is part of the May 2016 release of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Leveraging Primo Central's vast quantity of data, which goes far beyond the data available in individual databases, the citation trail feature offers users new ways to explore material that pertains to their research.

The Primo citation trail enables users to start from an article of interest and easily find other materials that cite that article or are cited by it. In this way, researchers and students can discover materials that are relevant to the topic at hand but that may not have come up in a result list. Users can navigate effortlessly from one citation to the next without being bound to a single area of scholarship.

This new Primo feature joins other exploration capabilities in Primo, such as the bX article recommender, featured results, and virtual browsing. Together, these features offer multiple paths to serendipitous discovery.

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National Library of Medicine adopts Ex Libris primo discovery and delivery solution
- 16 Oct 2015

Library automation and preservation solutions provider Ex Libris® Group has announced that the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) has decided to adopt the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution.

An NLM working group evaluated a number of options and ultimately selected Primo, primarily because of its advanced technology, extensive road map, and active customer communities. The Primo solution will replace Ex Libris WebVoyage Classic, known as LocatorPlus, which enables NLM users to search the Library's collections.

The Primo solution meets the NLM requirements for seamless interoperability with its integrated library system (ILS), real-time availability of holdings and item records, the delivery of physical materials requested by onsite users, and the display of NLM authority records. In addition, as specified in the Primo road map, the Primo solution will be made compliant with the security standards outlined by the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and as such will fulfill the NLM's security requirements.

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University of Genoa selects Ex Libris Primo
- 11 Mar 2015

Library automation services provider Ex Libris® Group has announced that the University of Genoa in Italy has selected the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution. The university library chose Primo from a number of commercial alternatives to provide users with a single point of access to all library resources, regardless of resource type or location.

The sophisticated search and ranking technology of Primo, its intuitive browsing options, and its support for serendipitous discovery enable users to easily find and seamlessly access the resources they need. Content neutral and flexible, Primo empowers libraries to tailor the discovery experience to the needs and expectations of their own user community.

The University of Genoa offers 127 undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs at its four educational centres (Genoa, Imperia, Savona, and La Spezia). An enrolment of over 32,600 students is served by 1,300 instructors, 1,400 administrative staff members, and approximately 80 librarians. The five libraries of the university library system deliver services in 60 locations and hold over 1,200,000 items. More than 45,000 electronic resources are available and, in 2013, the libraries processed 69,000 loans and more than 9,000 interlibrary loans and document delivery requests.

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The London Library opts for Ex Libris Primo and SFX OpenURL link resolver
- 24 Sep 2014

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that The London Library—a literary library active for over 170 years—has selected the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution and SFX® OpenURL link resolver. These solutions will play a central role in enabling the Library to meet its strategic aims of improving support for research and making its collections more visible to members and prospective members.

With the adoption of Primo and SFX, The London Library will be able to provide a user-facing catalogue of books from its extensive collections, as well as content from diverse online databases and e-journals. Users will enjoy easy access to library services, such as requests and loans, directly from the search interface. The Library has been running the Aleph integrated library system (ILS) for over 10 years and is keen to continue collaborating with Ex Libris.

Founded in 1841 by Thomas Carlyle, The London Library, located in St. James's Square in London, claims to be one of the world's largest independent lending libraries and has over 7,000 members. It houses a rich, humanities-based collection of over one million books on 2,000 subjects and in over 50 languages, from the 16th century to the present day. Members can browse through the collection on 15 miles of open, accessible shelves.

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The European University Institute opts for Ex Libris Primo with its Central Index
- 30 Jul 2014

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris® Group has announced the adoption of Primo® and the Primo Central Index by the European University Institute (EUI) in Fiesole, Italy.

Seeking a solution that would offer users a unified search interface for the school's wealth of specialized resources, which include an official depository of European Union publications and documents, the Institute found that Primo and the Primo Central Index met the library's requirements. Along with the system's customisation capabilities, the ease of a cloud-based solution made Primo the most suitable option for the EUI. The cloud deployment will spare the Institute's staff members the burden of maintenance while also enabling them to modify many aspects of the system.

According to Tommaso Giordano, Director of EUI Library, the extensive electronic collections indexed in Primo Central, together with the presence of a support structure in Europe, played a key role in EUI Library's decision to adopt Primo. In addition, some of the features in the back office for managing Primo played an important role in the decision.

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New Zealand’s Lincoln University selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 09 Jun 2014

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that Lincoln University has opted for the Ex Libris Alma library management service and the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Deployed in the cloud, Alma and Primo will provide the University's students and academic staff with access to leading scholarship from global and national sources and will facilitate the discovery of the considerable intellectual capital that the University produces through research and teaching activities. The automated Alma workflows will streamline library operations relating to all materials and collections, enabling library staff to dedicate more time to providing services to faculty and students.

In addition, Ex Libris and Lincoln University will work with national institutions in New Zealand to address some of the issues involved in managing, curating, and providing long-term access to the data that underpins the University's research activities.

In support of the commitment by Ex Libris to include open-access materials in the Primo Central Index, Lincoln University has established a comprehensive open-access policy according to which authors will use a Creative Commons copyright license. The first university in New Zealand to adopt this policy, Lincoln pledges to make research that is funded by public resources more accessible to the public.

Australia’s Bond University opts for Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 03 Jun 2014

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris® Group has announced that Bond University, in Queensland, Australia, has selected the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution and the Alma resource management service. The growing collection of the library's electronic resources, together with its strategic priority of supporting the university's academic objectives, makes the cloud-based Primo-Alma combination a compelling solution for Bond.

It is expected that the adoption of Primo will significantly enhance the research experience for students and faculty, who will be able to move easily between search activities and library services such as accounts and hold requests. Library staff members are also looking forward to enabling users to personalise the ranking of Primo search results according to the users' discipline and level of scholarly expertise.

Alma will enable Bond University library to enhance its collaborative activities in areas such as resource sharing and fulfillment. Closer to home, the Alma solution's unified, automated workflows and comprehensive analytics capabilities will improve efficiencies and inject usage data and trends into the decision-making equation. As a current Ex Libris Aleph site, Bond University is keen to adopt the newest technology from Ex Libris for managing and exposing all collections via a unified, cloud-based platform.

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Harvard Library on track to implement Primo
- 02 Jun 2014

The Harvard Library is on track to implement Primo - a new scholarly search tool - this summer. The Library, following an extensive review of discovery systems, announced its decision to adopt the Primo discovery and delivery system from Ex Libris in April 2014. Discovery systems were evaluated by the Discovery Platform Investigation working group.

More recently, teams have been hard at work on implementing what will be called HOLLIS+.

The Primo team is currently working on revised content and design for the navigation bar that appears at the top of HOLLIS, HOLLIS Classic, E-Research@Harvard and other Harvard Library web sites, guided by analytics and usability tests of possible revisions. The Usability Team, together with colleagues throughout the Library, is testing proposed changes to the persistent navigation bar that appears on most Harvard Library systems. After the navigation bar design is finalised, Library Technology Services will begin to phase in the changes over the next several weeks.

Usability testing indicated that users expect a search box on the Search & Find page rather than the list of resources that appears now, so the HOLLIS+ widget will be added to the top of the Search & Find page. This change will be in place for the fall. Placement of HOLLIS+ on the library portal home page will be determined by feedback from users and staff members and will be finalised after the beta release of HOLLIS+ in July.

The Implementation Working Group and Core Technical Team are also working on the layout, search options, pre-search limiters, facets and options for the results list on the Primo landing page.

Consultation with peers and colleagues has continued, including assessment of other Primo sites, participation in the ELUNA 2014 meeting (Ex Libris Users of North America) and hosting a panel discussion with colleagues from Princeton, Columbia, the Five Colleges and BU on lessons learned from implementing new discovery systems. These findings inform initial design choices and will be tested with faculty and students, and library staff will have an opportunity to provide feedback when a test system is ready.

This project will expose many more resources from a single search starting point. Currently, the most comprehensive starting point is HOLLIS, which provides access to over 14 million items. HOLLIS+ will provide access to hundreds of millions of resources--primarily articles. This additional content, coupled with the search precision tools afforded by the Primo system, will provide a more fruitful research experience for both novice and experienced searchers.

The project remains on track for a beta launch in July.

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Lublin Virtual Library to implement Ex Libris Primo
- 14 May 2014

ALEPH Polska Ltd., the exclusive distributor of Ex Libris solutions in Poland, has announced that the partners of the Lublin Virtual Library project have opted for the Primo® discovery and delivery solution and the SFX® OpenURL link resolver.

Lublin Virtual Library is a consortial project undertaken by seven academic and cultural libraries that create and publish digital collections in the Lublin region.

The project forms part of the European Union's Regional Operational Programme in Lublin. Among the project's goals are the implementation of a platform connecting the digital assets of all libraries and cultural institutions in the province of Lublin and an increase in the visibility of traditional materials available at the region's public and university libraries.

Ex Libris Primo will provide a single interface for all digital, physical, and electronic assets of the member institutions, as well as a separate view for each institution. The implementation will integrate Primo and SFX with the consortium's VTLS Virtua integrated library system, several locally developed systems, and multiple digital asset management systems.

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Harvard Library selects Ex Libris Primo for Harvard University electronic collections
- 17 Apr 2014

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the Harvard Library has decided to offer the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery system as a single search interface for Harvard University's vast local and electronic collections.

The Library is adding Primo to a suite of Ex Libris solutions consisting of the Aleph® integrated library system, Primo Central Index of scholarly resources, SFX OpenURL link resolver, MetaLib gateway and metasearch solution, and bX article recommender.

Among the factors that led to the selection of Primo were its seamless integration with the Library's Aleph system, enabling users to access fulfillment services such as loans and hold requests directly from the Primo interface; the capabilities that Primo offers for harvesting and normalising complex metadata; and the ongoing commitment of Ex Libris to include open-access collections, institutional repositories, and research data in the Primo Central Index.

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The Natural History Museum selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo for next-generation resource management services
- 11 Apr 2014

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that London's Natural History Museum has selected Ex Libris Alma for next-generation resource management services and Ex Libris Primo for unified resource discovery and delivery. These tightly integrated solutions will support the museum's strategic goal of providing a pioneering digital library of the future.

The Natural History Museum houses a public library that is used by the museum's own scientists, visiting researchers, and members of the public. Given the large number of digital resources that it holds, a number which is constantly growing due to their digitisation project, the library sought a solution that would enable staff to manage all resource types through unified processes and workflows.

An additional requirement was that users be able to access all of the library's collections through a single search interface, a feature that would enable users to find relevant resources rapidly. The museum's detailed market analysis showed that Alma and Primo, unifying resource management and discovery in a seamless experience for staff and users, would best meet the library's requirements.

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The Spazio Reale Foundation selects Ex Libris Primo to meet users’ needs for an advanced discovery experience
- 09 Apr 2014

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the Spazio Reale in San Donnino, Italy, has chosen Ex Libris Primo as the discovery tool for the center's Biblioteca All Digital, whose collections consist entirely of electronic materials.

The Spazio Reale's commitment to innovation drew it to the rich, customisable user interface of Primo, its personalised ranking of search results, and its seamless integration with other library systems. Encouraging digital literacy among its users, the library also makes various electronic devices available to users: tablets for viewing e-books and electronic magazines, workstations for online learning, interactive whiteboards, a video wall, and interactive tables.

The 'Spazio Reale' project was launched in 1995 with the first restructuring of the premises of the San Donnino Parish. 'Spazio Reale' is a project aimed at creating a constantly open workshop where different experiences, cultures, faiths and inspirations meet and interact, thus representing an invaluable resource for the whole community, with plenty of social, cultural and recreational activities to take part in.

Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables libraries to maximize productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.

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The Institute of Education adopts Ex Libris Primo
- 06 Mar 2014

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris® Group has announced that the Institute of Education (IOE), a renowned center for teacher education and educational research at the University of London, has chosen to adopt the Primo® discovery and delivery solution.

Primo will enable the IOE's Newsam Library and Archives to offer thousands of users access to one of the largest European collections of current and historical materials on education and related areas of social science.

The Institute of Education is a world-leading university specialising in education and the social sciences. Founded in 1902, the Institute currently has more than 7,000 students and 800 staff. In January 2014, the Institute was recognised by Ofsted for its 'Outstanding' initial teacher training across primary, secondary and further education. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise two-thirds of the publications that the IOE submitted were judged to be internationally significant and over a third were judged to be "world leading". The Institute is part of the University of London.

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Ex Libris releases version 4.5 of Primo discovery and delivery solution
- 26 Feb 2014

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced the release of version 4.5 of the Primo discovery and delivery solution. The discovery platform of choice for over 2,000 institutions, Primo 4.5 provides students and researchers with an enhanced discovery experience, faster searching, and access to additional library services directly through the Primo interface (OPAC via Primo).

Highlights of the enhancements and new features in Primo 4.5 include a more intuitive discovery experience; enhanced search capabilities; faster performance; and tighter integration with the library's OPAC.

For librarians, the Primo administration features include developments such as a greater level of security for Primo-Aleph communication; more efficient maintenance of user data; and new and redesigned reports that offer insights into how the library's community uses Primo so that libraries can tailor content and services to their users' needs.

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Edinburgh Napier University goes live with Primo discovery and delivery solution
- 05 Feb 2014

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that Edinburgh Napier University has gone live with the Primo discovery and delivery solution. The first information services department in Scotland certified as meeting the UK government's Customer Service Excellence standard, Edinburgh Napier Library now provides its users with a search interface that enables them to rapidly retrieve comprehensive, relevant information.

Edinburgh Napier is a modern university with campuses located around south central Edinburgh. It offers over 200 undergraduate and post graduate courses and has around 17,500 students from over 100 countries. Edinburgh Napier is among the top universities in the UK for graduate employability.

Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables libraries to maximise productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.

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The Bibliothek am Guisanplatz in Switzerland goes live with Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 29 Jan 2014

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the Bibliothek am Guisanplatz (BiG) in Switzerland has gone live with the Primo discovery and delivery solution and the next-generation Alma resource management service. Bibliothek am Guisanplatz - the leading library of the Alexandria Library Network - is using Ex Libris solutions to transform the management of its vast collections and to expose and deliver those collections to federal employees, military personnel, scholars, and the public.

The Federal Military Library, founded in 1848, became the Bibliothek am Guisanplatz (BiG) in 2007. It is an institution of the Swiss Confederation and is open to the public. Since 1 January 2009, the library has been coordinating and managing the libraries of the Federal Administration, ensuring close cooperation in the fields of IT and documentation, and leading the Federal Documentation Committee. In addition, the BiG is responsible for the Alexandria library network. In a rapidly changing environment, the BiG ensures the provision of international technical literature in numerous fields, such as history, politics, armed forces, civil protection, traffic, energy, migration, architecture, environment, agriculture, finance, and economics.

Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables libraries to maximise productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.

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University of Houston selects Ex Libris Discovery solutions
- 10 Dec 2013

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the University of Houston (UH) has selected the Primo discovery and delivery solution and the SFX OpenURL link resolver. After defining the library's long-term requirements and evaluating a number of commercial options, the university library - a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) - chose to integrate Primo with its existing systems.

Founded in 1927, the University of Houston (UH) is the second most ethnically diverse major research university in the United States, with more than 40,750 students enrolled in over 300 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, on campus and online. UH awards more than 8,000 degrees annually. The university's faculty and students conduct research through 40 research centers, across every academic discipline.

Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables libraries to maximise productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.

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Australia's national science agency selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 20 Nov 2013

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has selected the Alma library management service and the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Alma and Primo replace a number of systems including Ex Libris Voyager and Proquest AquaBrowser.

The implementation of Alma and Primo will allow CSIRO to consolidate existing systems, thereby reducing the technical and administrative burden on staff members. The move will enable CSIRO to consolidate workflows and knowledge bases across all collections, and enhance the discoverability of cutting-edge research material by simplifying support for all resource types, using new and emerging standards.

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia's national science agency, and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. CSIRO researchers deliver solutions for agribusiness, energy and transport, environment and natural resources, health, information technology, telecommunications, manufacturing and mineral resources.

Montana Higher Education Institutions select Ex Libris’ discovery suite for its flexibility and best-in-class consortial support
- 31 Oct 2013

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the University of Montana and the Montana State University System - both multi-campus consortia - have selected the Primo discovery and delivery solution, the SFX OpenURL link resolver, and the bX Recommender. The Ex Libris solutions will replace Summon and 360Link from Serials Solutions at several member institutions.

As a result of adopting Primo, the public higher education network in Montana will standardise on the same advanced discovery platform. This state-wide migration will enable increased collaboration between the two major organisations, which are both governed by the Montana University System Board of Regents.

The University of Montana selected Primo to unify discovery across the system’s campuses, which include the flagship campus in Missoula, the University of Montana Western, Montana Tech, and affiliated colleges. As a result of Primo’s renowned consortial support and flexible administrative tools, the discovery service will be available on a common platform, while each campus will be able to customise the solution to its own preferences.

University of Oklahoma Libraries select Ex Libris solutions
- 01 Jul 2013

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that the University of Oklahoma Libraries, including libraries at the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, and University of Oklahoma College of Law, have selected the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, the bX article recommender, and the SFX OpenURL link resolver.

A new member of the Ex Libris community, the University of Oklahoma (OU) Libraries opted for Primo as part of a wider initiative to strengthen the libraries’ ability to serve the research needs of students and faculty. Primo will provide the library team with more flexibility in areas such as interface customisation, relevance ranking, and the configuration of facets.

Furthermore, Primo will enable each library to adjust the blending of results so that users are presented with an appropriate balance of local and global collections. The advanced ScholarRank technology will offer users a discovery experience that is personalised to meet their own academic needs and interests.

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Institutions in Australia and New Zealand select Primo to complement their Ex Libris Alma LMS
- 19 Jun 2013

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the University of South Australia (UniSA), the University of Western Sydney (UWS), and New Zealand's Otago University have chosen the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to complement their Ex Libris Alma library management service. As a result, these institutions will offer users a unified discovery experience that is seamlessly integrated with library services and operations.

According to Holley Dumble, Ex Libris director of sales for Australia and New Zealand, the appeal of an integrated framework that encompasses both resource management and discovery is becoming stronger for libraries that want to make a high impact with a lower investment in technology. Because Primo and Alma are offered as cloud-based services, the technical burden for library staff is very small, while the potential benefits in efficiency and the usage of scholarly resources are huge.

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Swiss library BiG opts for Ex Libris’ Primo and Alma solutions
- 29 Jan 2013

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the Bibliothek am Guisanplatz (BiG) in Switzerland has adopted its Primo discovery and delivery solution and the next-generation Alma resource management service. BiG, the leading library of the Alexandria Library Network, reportedly required an integrated framework to transform the management of its vast collections and to expose and deliver those collections to federal employees, military personnel, scholars and the public. Alma is replacing the library's VTLS system.

According to Daniel Kohler, head of coordination at the Alexandria Library Network, the library was keen to choose a single, unified solution that would enable them to manage the metadata, electronic resources and digital collections. The cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) deployment of Alma is said to be attractive for the BiG, as it prefers to direct the resources to serving and supporting users rather than handling technical maintenance.

He also added that based on clearly defined workflows, Alma would enable the library to improve efficiency and simplify processes across many collections and departments. In parallel, Primo is expected to provide a comprehensive, customisable, and easy-to-use discovery interface for its diverse user community. This includes federal employees, professionals from the military and political communities, scholars and the general public.

Brandeis University selects Ex Libris' Primo and Alma library management service
- 24 Jan 2013

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that Brandeis University has selected the Primo discovery and delivery solution and the Alma library management service. Having used the Ex Libris Aleph integrated library service for many years, the University decided to migrate its library systems to the Ex Libris cloud environment and take advantage of the two solutions' tight integration and unified framework for the management and discovery of all resource types and collections.

According to Mark Triest, president of Ex Libris North America, academic and research libraries are increasingly moving all their Ex Libris solutions to the Ex Libris cloud. This trend demonstrates libraries' desire to participate in a collaborative, networked space that also delivers tangible benefits, such as lower costs, higher productivity, and an enhanced discovery experience.

Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables libraries to maximize productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.

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Portland Academic Health Libraries consortium selects Ex Libris Primo and Alma
- 23 Jan 2013

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the Portland Academic Health Libraries (PAHL) consortium has selected the Primo discovery and delivery solution and the Alma resource management service.

PAHL members are the National College of Natural Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and University of Western States. Replacing their Innovative Millennium systems, these schools are joining a community of over 120 institutions that have selected Alma, many of which are replacing systems from other vendors.

The consortium has chosen Alma to transform its libraries' methods of operation and even more important, the way in which they manage their collaboration with a diverse range of partners both in the region and further. Oregon Health & Science University is also a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, which recently adopted Alma.

Washington University in St. Louis opts for Ex Libris Primo
- 22 Jan 2013

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the University Libraries of Washington University in St. Louis have selected a cloud-based installation of the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Washington University, a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), has also subscribed to the bX Recommender, one of the bX suite of usage-based services.

Washington University chose Primo after evaluating the major commercial products in the discovery market. The university's analysis showed that Primo offers a unique combination of a fully supported cloud environment and optimal flexibility for the library.

Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables libraries to maximise productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.

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Ex Libris releases version 4.1 of the Primo discovery and delivery solution
- 17 Oct 2012

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced the release of version 4.1 of the Primo discovery and delivery solution. In addition to various other enhancements, the new version introduces browsing functionality, yet another method that assists users in exploring their library's collections.

Part of the ongoing incorporation of OPAC functions in Primo, the addition of the browsing functionality enables library users to browse by subject heading, title, author name, or call number. OPAC options that were previously added to Primo include submitting requests for specific items, handling loans, managing fines, and communicating with the library through the discovery layer.

Primo claims to be the only solution that provides library users with access to OPAC functionality within the discovery user interface. The addition of browsing, also a first in the discovery market, comes as a natural next step in the Primo solution's evolution as a one-stop shop for discovery and delivery. With the integration of OPAC functionality in the discovery layer, libraries benefit from a reduction in the total cost of ownership, because they no longer need to maintain their traditional OPAC user interface, and users access all library services from a single entry point.

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The University of Birmingham goes live with Ex Libris’ Primo and Aleph solutions
- 28 Sep 2012

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that the University of Birmingham libraries have extended their suite of Ex Libris solutions with the selection of the Primo discovery and delivery solution - now live for faculty and students - and the Aleph integrated library system (ILS).

The selection of Primo and Aleph was driven by the Library Division's desire to offer users a robust discovery experience supported by a strong ILS that would be capable of managing the libraries' extensive collections. The university chose a cloud-based deployment for both solutions to reduce the technical burden on library staff members, thereby giving them more time to support users' research and learning activities.

Furthering the university's strategic objectives, Primo - and particularly its ranking of search results according to users' academic level and discipline - substantially increases the visibility of the libraries' diverse collections. Having witnessed the positive impact of Primo implementations on resource usage at other UK institutions, Birmingham is looking forward to a greater use of electronic resources and a higher return on the libraries' investment.

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Central Michigan University opts for Ex Libris Primo and bX Recommender
- 20 Sep 2012

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that Central Michigan University (CMU) has selected the Primo discovery and delivery solution, with the Primo Central Index of scholarly e‑resources, and the bX Recommender. Primo, which will be deployed as a cloud-based service, will provide the user interface for the university’s Millennium library system.

CMU Libraries carried out an intensive evaluation process before concluding that Primo best meets their requirements, with its powerful relevance ranking, extensive central index, and personalised ranking of the search results, based on the user's academic level and discipline. Among the Primo system's many strengths, library managers welcome its flexibility, which will enable the staff to continually customise and configure the system.

Central Michigan University operates a network of CMU Learning Centers in more than 50 locations throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Currently over 400 programs are offered at the undergraduate, masters, specialist, and doctoral levels, including non-degree certifications.

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University of Manitoba Libraries selects Ex Libris' next-generation library management and discovery services
- 24 Jul 2012

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that the University of Manitoba, a Canadian member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), has selected the Alma unified resource management solution and the Primo discovery and delivery solution.

The University of Manitoba Libraries will consolidate its resource management systems with Alma as well as the Ex Libris SFX OpenURL link resolver and Verde ERM system. Alma supports the full range of library operations for the entire spectrum of materials -electronic, print and digital - regardless of the materials' format or location. With its unique Community Zone, Alma enables libraries to share high-quality metadata, while the solution's cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) deployment helps libraries streamline their resource-management processes.

Primo will provide advanced discovery capabilities to the University of Manitoba user community. Exploring their library's locally managed collections along with global and regional resources, Primo users obtain a single result list, sorted by the Ex Libris ScholarRank relevance-ranking technology. The ScholarRank technology leverages users' search context to help them discover items that are appropriate to their level of expertise and their area of research.

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Syndetics ICE data to enhance search experience of Primo users at Cardiff University in Wales
- 18 Jul 2012

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that Cardiff University in Wales has added the Syndetics ICE (Indexed Content Enrichment) service to the University’s LibrarySearch installation of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Syndetics ICE adds tables of contents, summaries, and abstracts to the Primo records. In addition to supporting the search, Syndetics ICE data is displayed to users as part of the search results.

This integration was carried out as part of Cardiff University’s initial Primo implementation and is the result of close collaboration between Ex Libris and the library’s system experts. Detailed instructions on how to index Syndetics ICE data in Primo are now available to all Primo customers on the University’s collaborative platform, EL Commons.

Syndetics ICE enhances library patrons’ search experience by making collections more searchable, retrievable, and relevant. By enabling patrons to search valuable Syndetics content right through a library’s online catalogue, Syndetics ICE streamlines the discovery of titles that are undetectable through traditional MARC data searches. In addition to raising the visibility of library holdings and bringing greater relevance to search results, Syndetics ICE enables patrons to discover a broader span of information in their search results than ever before. Syndetics ICE is a service of Bowker, an affiliated business of ProQuest.

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George Mason University Libraries select Ex Libris' Primo discovery and delivery system
- 21 Jun 2012

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that George Mason University Libraries have selected the Primo discovery and delivery system.

Combined with the Primo Central Index of scholarly e-resources, the Primo system enables users to search the entire spectrum of a library's collections - e-resources, physical holdings and digital collections - through a single point of access, and to receive a single, relevance-ranked list of results.

George Mason University is an entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programmes in 185 fields.

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Silesian University of Technology in Poland selects suite of Ex Libris solutions
- 09 Feb 2012

ALEPH Polska Ltd., the exclusive distributor of Ex Libris solutions in Poland, has announced that the Silesian University of Technology has selected a suite of Ex Libris solutions to build a unified discovery service. Library users will enjoy an integrated experience that consists of the Primo discovery and delivery solution, the Primo Central Index of scholarly e‑content, the SFX OpenURL link resolver, and the bX article recommender.

Combined with the Primo Central Index, which connects libraries to hundreds of millions of scholarly e‑resources, Primo enables users to search the entire spectrum of a library's collections - both e-resources and physical holdings - through a single point of access, and to receive a single, relevance-ranked list of results.

The agreement to adopt Ex Libris solutions comes as part of the EU-funded Innovative Economy Programme, which aims to increase the competitiveness of Polish science through the modernisation of the research and information technology infrastructure at leading scientific institutions.

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Ex Libris expands Primo customer base in North America
- 19 Jan 2012

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that in recent months, numerous academic and research libraries in North America have selected the Primo discovery and delivery solution, raising the number of Primo sites worldwide to over 900.

Institutions that have recently selected Primo, including the Primo Central Index of scholarly e-content, include the Fort Hays State University, Idaho State University, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, University of Hawaii, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Virginia Community College System and WISPALS Library Consortium.

Ex Libris provides automation solutions for academic libraries. The company provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign selects Ex Libris' Primo discovery and delivery solution
- 18 Jan 2012

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign library has selected the Primo discovery and delivery solution from Ex Libris. With this acquisition, the University Library joins a Primo community of 300 local and regional libraries in North America.

Combined with the Primo Central Index, which connects libraries to hundreds of millions of scholarly e‑resources, Primo enables users to search the entire spectrum of a library's collections - both e-resources and physical holdings - through a single point of access, and to receive a single, relevance-ranked list of results.

The library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign holds over 12 million volumes, more than 90,000 serial titles, and over nine million manuscripts, maps, slides, audio tapes, microforms, videotapes, laser discs, and other non-print material. The University Library is ranked highly nationally and globally, and its collections and services are used heavily by students, faculty, and visiting scholars. More than one million items are circulated annually, and many more are used on-site and from virtually anywhere in the world.

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SirsiDynix Symphony ILS enables technological collaboration for Kōtui
- 31 Oct 2011

Library automation solutions provider SirsiDynix, US, has announced the selection of its SirsiDynix Symphony integrated library system as the platform for the new Kōtui shared library system. A shared service for New Zealand public libraries, Kōtui provides an affordable, efficient option to help libraries manage their collections with leading-edge products and services.

The concept and delivery of the Kōtui shared service is the result of a collaboration between a group of public libraries, the Association of Public Library Managers (APLM), Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) and the National Library of New Zealand. The SirsiDynix Symphony ILS will serve as the technological foundation for these libraries.

The subscription-based service went live in Blenheim last month and is being progressively rolled out to 15 libraries over the next two years. Librarians attending the LIANZA conference this week can learn more at the Kōtui demo station or by stopping by SirsiDynix booth #40.

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Five Swedish institutions select the Primo discovery and delivery solution from Ex Libris
- 22 Sep 2011

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that five Swedish institutions joined the Primo community within the last month. KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Mid Sweden University, Luleå University of Technology, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, and Jönköping University represent the latest in a line of Scandinavian institutions that have opted for Primo.

Combined with the Primo Central Index, which connects libraries to a mega-aggregate of hundreds of millions of scholarly e resources, Primo enables users to search the entire spectrum of a library's resources - both e-resources and physical holdings - through a single point of access, and to receive a single, relevance-ranked list of results.

Primo, the Primo Central Index, and the bX article recommender join other Ex Libris systems deployed at KTH - the MetaLib metasearch solution and SFX OpenURL link resolver - and are integrated with the KTH library's Millennium system. SwePub, a collection of conference papers, dissertations, scholarly articles, and other academic publications from Swedish universities, and the KTH DiVA database, which contains publications produced by the university's researchers and students, are also searchable through Primo.

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Dutch Universities migrate to Ex Libris Cloud Environment
- 22 Aug 2011

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that Leiden University, Universiteit van Amsterdam (the University of Amsterdam, or UvA), and Hogeschool van Amsterdam (the University of Applied Sciences, or HvA) have selected a cloud-based installation of the Primo discovery and delivery solution, including the Primo Central Index of scholarly electronic resources.

All three universities run the Ex Libris Aleph integrated library system, MetaLib metasearch system, and SFX OpenURL link resolver. In addition to adopting the cloudbased Primo Direct service, the universities are moving their implementations of MetaLib and SFX to the Ex Libris cloud environment.

Ex Libris is a provider of automation solutions for academic libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables academic, national, and research libraries to maximise productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience.

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Content from Chongqing VIP Information Co included in Primo Central Index
- 19 Aug 2011

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that Chongqing VIP Information Co. Ltd. (CQVIP), the third largest Chinese aggregator, has made its content searchable in the Primo Central Index. CQVIP will enable both the metadata and the full text of its Chinese journals to be indexed.

CQVIP serves more than 6,000 customers in China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Among its customers are university libraries, public libraries, research institutions, hospitals, governmental organisations and businesses.

Offered as a cloud-based service to hundreds of libraries around the globe, Primo Central is an integral part of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. It seeks to enable library users to enjoy the benefit of a one-stop service for their information needs. Primo enables users to explore their library's locally managed collections along with global and regional resources indexed in Primo Central.

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More research libraries in North America opt for Ex Libris Primo with the Primo Central Index
- 18 Aug 2011

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that the North American Primo community is continuing to expand rapidly. Numerous research institutions have opted for locally hosted or cloud-based implementations of the Primo discovery and delivery solution.

Academic institutions in North America that have recently selected Primo and the Primo Central Index include Boston University; Purdue University; Texas A&M University; Texas Woman's University; Tulane University; University of Alberta; University of Kansas; University of Texas at Dallas; and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Among the several factors involved in enabling users to carry out high-quality research are information literacy, individual guidance by librarians, and extensive collection development on the part of the library. Recently, members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in North America have been adopting new approaches to set up researchers for success.

Offered as a cloud-based service to hundreds of libraries around the globe, the Primo Central Index covers hundreds of millions of scholarly resources from leading information providers. Primo Central is an integral part of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, which enables library users to enjoy the full benefit of a one-stop service for their information needs and to explore their library's locally managed collections along with global and regional resources from the Primo Central Index.

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Six more institutions in Italy opt for Primo discovery and delivery solution
- 04 Aug 2011

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that the Italian Primo community is continuing its expansion, with the addition of six institutions that have opted for locally hosted or cloud-based implementations of the Primo discovery and delivery solution.

Italian institutions that recently selected Primo and the Primo Central Index include Ca' Foscari University of Venice; European Library of Information and Culture (BEIC); University of Camerino; University Iuav of Venice; University of Macerata; and Verona University.

As part of a collaborative effort that includes the acquisition of electronic resources and the sharing of information-technology systems, the universities of Camerino and Macerata chose Primo to provide a single, intuitive search interface to their collections. Known as UniVerSe, Verona University's discovery platform is based on the TotalCare cloud service, which includes Primo, with the Primo Central Index; the SFX Open URL link resolver; and the bX article recommender service.

The only entirely digital library in Italy, the European Library of Information and Culture (BEIC) chose a local implementation of Primo as the front end for its digital collections, which are managed with the Ex Libris DigiTool digital asset management system. University Iuav opted for a cloud-based Primo implementation.

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Ex Libris releases version 3.1 of Primo discovery and delivery solution
- 22 Jun 2011

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced the release of version 3.1 of the Primo discovery and delivery solution. The new functionality in this version is the product of continued collaboration with the rapidly expanding international Primo community, which now consists of over 850 sites that span 45 countries on six continents.

The Primo ranking algorithm now incorporates data from the bX article recommender service. The data reflect actual usage of journal articles by the global scholarly community. Grouping of identical results in the Primo Central Index has been enhanced to reduce information overload. Additionally, by displaying snippets from both Primo Central and local records, Primo 3.1 seeks to help users assess the relevance of an item. The snippets, each of which consists of 161 characters, are extracted from the abstract or the full text.

Other highlights of the new Primo version include greater configurability of OPAC functionality in the Primo interface; tailored consortium support; and multilingual support.

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Trinity Western University's Norma Marion Alloway Library selects SirsiDynix Symphony
- 31 May 2011

Library automation solutions provider SirsiDynix, US, has announced that Trinity Western University's Norma Marion Alloway Library has begun the upgrade of their system to the Symphony ILS along with 17 other libraries around the globe.

Alloway Library plans to go live with the new system in mid-August of this year. Meanwhile, library staff are working with SirsiDynix technicians to implement the behind-the-scenes work required to launch the new eLibrary interface for public use as well as the staff client software. Currently, the libraries at Vancouver Island University, Kwantlen Polytechnic and University of the Fraser Valley run the Symphony library system.

SirsiDynix Symphony's comprehensive feature set allows libraries to highlight the breadth and depth of their collections and serve their communities' ever-growing information needs. Fully documented web services and APIs, along with support for library standards, permit users to extend the ILS even further to meet local needs.

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Dutch academic libraries select Primo and Primo Central Index
- 13 May 2011

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that Wageningen University and Research Center (Wageningen UR) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) have selected the Primo discovery and delivery solution, together with the Primo Central Index of scholarly e-content. Both institutions opted for the Primo Direct deployment package.

The Primo platform offers users a complete discovery experience by providing access to all the library's information resources and meeting users' every research need. As a cloud-based solution, Primo Direct spares libraries the tasks of implementation and ongoing maintenance while enabling staff to further configure and customise the system through the Primo administrative interface. At VU Amsterdam, Primo will provide a single interface to the library's Vubis Smart library system along with the library's wealth of electronic resources.

Primo's ability to integrate with Ex Libris and third-party library systems, such as Vubis at VU Amsterdam and LBS at the University of Twente, was central to these institutions' decision to adopt the Primo solution.

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Ex Libris reports rapid growth in Primo customer base in the UK and Ireland
- 07 Apr 2011

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that the number of academic, national, and research libraries in the UK and Ireland that have selected the Primo discovery and delivery solution now exceeds 20. The UCL (University College London), Kingston University and the University of Salford are the latest libraries to implement Primo to maximise the exposure of their collections to library users.

With the addition of Primo, UCL will be running a full suite of Ex Libris solutions. These include the Aleph integrated library system (ILS), the DigiTool digital asset management system, the MetaLib metasearch solution, the SFX OpenURL link resolver, and the bX article recommender.

Along with Primo, Kingston University has selected a number of cloud-based Ex Libris solutions, including the Aleph ILS, the MetaLib metasearch solution, the SFX OpenURL link resolver, and the bX article recommender. At the University of Salford, the selection of Primo was part of a wide-ranging strategy to transform library services. The university is developing a huge media, digital learning, and research space within the groundbreaking MediaCityUK complex, which will house several BBC departments and independent creative media organisations.

Primo claims to be a one-stop solution for the discovery and delivery of local and remote resources, such as books, journal articles and digital objects. It assists libraries in fully utilising their collections and offering users an up-to-date discovery and delivery experience. Primo services can be embedded in commonly used applications such as course management systems and institutional portals, helping library serve users wherever they are.

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Tel Aviv University opts for Ex Libris Primo, with the Primo Central Index
- 17 Mar 2011

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that Tel Aviv University has selected the Primo discovery and delivery solution, together with its Primo Central Index of scholarly content. The University's over 30,000 students and staff will now gain easy, unified access to the library's collection of local and global resources.

Offered as an integral part of Primo, Primo Central is a mega-index of hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources that are harvested from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators and from open-access repositories. Through a single search box, users can explore their library's locally managed collections along with the global and regional resources indexed in Primo Central.

Primo displays the results in a single, relevance-ranked result list; provides seamless access to online materials; and, through the incorporation of OPAC functionality, enables users to carry out library activities, such as placing hold requests and managing their personal accounts, directly in the Primo window.

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National Library of Luxembourg selects Ex Libris' Primo discovery and delivery solution
- 20 Jan 2011

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Germany, has announced that the National Library of Luxembourg has chosen the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Following a rigorous evaluation of international products and vendors, the National Library found that Primo best met its principal requirement to offer a highly intuitive way to access and explore the diverse resources and online catalogues that form Luxembourg's bibnet.lu network.

The bibnet.lu network consists of the National Library and 35 public institutions from different sectors, and serves as a central information service provider for its members. With Primo, the National Library intends to significantly improve the discovery experience and open a unique access point to the heterogeneous information resources offered by libraries in the network. By centralising services and optimising the network's operating costs through a consortia platform, Primo seeks to meet the national library's need to reduce the total cost of ownership of information systems in a consortia environment.

The Ex Libris Group provides automation solutions for academic, national, and research libraries. The company maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 70 countries on six continents. Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with its customers, Ex Libris enables academic, national, and research libraries to maximise productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.

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Ex Libris' Primo solution to provide seamless discovery experience for library users at three UK Institutions
- 01 Dec 2010

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that three prominent academic institutions in the UK have chosen the Primo discovery and delivery solution and the Primo Central Index of scholarly e-content to provide users with a unified search interface for their libraries' vast collections and electronic resources. The latest members of the UK Primo community are Imperial College London, the University of Nottingham and Loughborough University.

The Primo Central Index is a mega-aggregate of scholarly content. Managed by Ex Libris in a cloud computing environment, Primo Central is vendor neutral and encompasses scholarly resources from leading information providers. Through the Primo discovery and delivery solution coupled with Primo Central, library users simultaneously explore the library's local collections and extensive global electronic collections, instantly retrieving accurate, relevance-ranked search results.

At Imperial College London, Primo will provide a discovery layer enabling users to search the library's SirsiDynix library catalogue together with its digital and electronic resources.

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VTLS to implement VITAL repository for National Centre for Vocational Education Research' VOCED database
- 25 Nov 2010

Library automation solutions provider VTLS Inc., US, has announced that it has been selected to implement the VITAL repository for the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) VOCED database. The project, which began last April, is going to be a multi-phase process and will involve the integration of traditional, print-based and new, digital knowledge sources. In addition to the standard VITAL implementation, VTLS is creating a custom web portal interface using open-source Drupal to meet NCVER's unique needs.

NCVER selected the VITAL product for the redevelopment of its online bibliographic database, VOCED, because it offers the flexibility of a custom-built system along with the reliability of an 'out of the box' product. This allows VTLS to combine a bibliographic database with a digital repository, and to integrate traditional knowledge sources with new web technologies.

The Software implementation phase was accepted earlier this month with the handover phase to be complete by the middle of December. NCVER is expected to go live in 2011. The project is now in handover phase and VTLS is working towards organising the Customer Support meeting and training.

VTLS has successfully delivered the redeveloped online bibliographic database VOCED for NCVER using the VITAL product. The new system, due for public release in February 2011, enables a bibliographic database to be combined with a digital repository, and the integration of a range of knowledge sources, including new web technologies.

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SirsiDynix launches BookMyne 2.0 iPhone application
- 22 Nov 2010

Library automation solutions provider SirsiDynix, US, has announced the 2.0 release of the BookMyne iPhone application. BookMyne claims to be one of the most comprehensive iPhone applications available to libraries today. It features mobile access to in-demand library information, holdings and services.

Version 2.0 expands the application's offering with features including barcode scanning capability to enable library users to scan the barcode of a book at a bookstore or friend's home and retrieve availability information on the book at the patron's library of choice. Social recommendation engine powered via Goodreads, enable iPhone or iPod Touch users to search library holding for friend-recommended reads. Enhanced account interaction help library users to view fines and fees in addition to other account information from their Apple mobile device.

Current customer libraries running the SirsiDynix Symphony ILS with an installation of SirsiDynix Web Services can offer their patrons the full BookMyne application functionality. The BookMyne iPhone app can be downloaded free of charge from the iTunes App Store. More than 1,350 libraries around the world have registered their libraries to be discovered on the iPhone application.

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Université de Montréal selects suite of Ex Libris products
- 27 Oct 2010

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the Université de Montréal has selected the Primo discovery and delivery solution, the Aleph integrated library system and the Verde electronic resource management system to serve as the backbone of the university's library services. Following an intensive selection process, the library opted to augment its suite of Ex Libris solutions, having previously implemented the MetaLib metasearch solution, the SFX OpenURL link resolver, and the bX article recommender service.

The Université de Montréal is one of nearly 100 members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) who are running Ex Libris solutions. With the newly selected systems, the university joins 16 other ARL members who deploy Primo as their discovery interface and 28 ARL members who are running Aleph.

The Ex Libris Group provides automation solutions for academic, national, and research libraries. The company maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 70 countries on six continents. Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with its customers, Ex Libris enables academic, national, and research libraries to maximise productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.

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The National Library of Finland selects Ex Libris' Primo and Primo Central
- 31 Aug 2010

Library solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that the National Library of Finland has chosen the Primo discovery and delivery solution and the Primo Central mega-index of scholarly materials, to provide a unified interface for the discovery and delivery of the entire country's collections and electronic resources.

Representing the full spectrum of museums, academic and public libraries, research institutes and archives, the National Library of Finland chose Primo as the public interface from which users can access digital content and local collections throughout the country. The product was selected as it met all of the network's extensive requirements for comprehensive search technology and impartial access to scholarly global content.

Primo claims to be a one-stop solution for the discovery and delivery of local and remote resources, such as books, journal articles and digital objects. It assists libraries in fully utilising their collections and offering users an up-to-date discovery and delivery experience. Primo services can be embedded in commonly used applications such as course management systems and institutional portals, helping library serve users wherever they are.

The National Library of Finland claims to be the oldest and largest scholarly library in Finland as well as the largest independent institute at the University of Helsinki. It is responsible for the collection, description, preservation and accessibility of Finland's printed national heritage and the unique collections under its care. The library also serves as a national service and development centre for the library sector and promotes national and international cooperation in the field.

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N.Y. consortium selects Bibliotheca, Inc. to provide RFID solutions for libraries
- 18 Jun 2010

Library solutions provider Bibliotheca, Inc., Switzerland, has announced that it has been selected by the Automated Library Information System (ALIS) of Nassau County, N.Y., to provide a range of RFID library solutions for the 54 independent public libraries that comprise ALIS. ALIS is a consortium of 54 autonomous public libraries serving communities in Nassau County, N.Y.

Bibliotheca has been selected to provide RFID hardware, tags and services to upgrade ALIS libraries' facilities and support staff. The goal of ALIS and its member libraries is to improve the patron experience through more effective customer services, enhance inventory management and improve security of collections.

In May 2010, ALIS made an initial investment in RFID conversion stations, along with 1 million RFID book tags, which will be provided to six libraries taking part in the consortium's RFID pilot installations. Tagging of collections is scheduled to begin in August 2010. Pilot sites will install Bibliotheca patron self-service stations, staff stations and security gates in the fourth quarter of 2010, with these sites fully transitioned to the new Bibliotheca systems during the first quarter of 2011. Upon completion of the pilot installations, other ALIS libraries will be positioned to move forward with their own Bibliotheca RFID implementations under the ALIS contract, without having to undertake their own individual RFP projects.

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Monash University Library selects Primo and Primo Central from Ex Libris
- 10 May 2010

Library software provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that Monash University Library has chosen the Primo discovery and delivery solution, together with the Primo Central mega-aggregate of scholarly e-content, to provide users with a unified interface for the discovery and delivery of the library’s vast collections and global electronic resources. Monash University joins the rapidly expanding international Primo community, now over 270 strong and spanning 29 countries.

The library selected Primo and Primo Central to achieve a streamlined experience that would enable university students and faculty to search and access the university’s physical and electronic collections with ease. In recent years, the library catalogue at Monash has been supplemented by a host of other sources of information for library users. These changes resulted from the revolution in users’ expectations and behaviour, the increasing number of databases (surpassing 800) to which the library provides access; and the implementation of academic repositories such as the Australian Research Repository Online to the World (ARROW). Primo will enable library users at Monash to access the full breadth of the university’s collections via a single search interface.

Primo Central is a centralised index containing hundreds of millions of electronic resources of global and regional significance, which are obtained from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators. Users can simultaneously search locally managed collections and global e-content, and receive a single relevance-ranked list of results. Now undergoing beta testing by 14 partner libraries around the world, Primo Central will be available to the customer community later this year.

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Ex Libris releases version 3 of search tool Primo
- 04 May 2010

Library software provider, Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced the general release of version 3.0 of the Primo discovery and delivery solution. The new version is projected to bring together a simplified, modernised user interface, enhanced search and display options, integration of OPAC functionality, and support for seamless searching in the Primo Central index of scholarly materials. Primo 3.0 is claimed to enable users to interact fully with the library through a single interface in a straightforward and engaging manner. Primo is reportedly used across 270 sites spanning 29 countries on six continents.

Due to the redesigned, simplified user interface, users can see all information related to an item on the result list page. Users can also obtain seamless access to Primo Central, a mega-aggregate of scholarly materials hosted by Ex Libris in a cloud computing environment. Following the integration of OPAC functionality, library services are now available through the Primo main window.

The integration of two recommender systems — the Ex Libris bX article recommender service and the University of Karlsruhe BibTip recommender for library catalogues — is projected to enable Primo to display the most relevant recommendations generated on the basis of researchers’ usage of scholarly materials.

Additionally, according to Ex Libris, the Primo search engine has been enhanced with a ‘starts with’ (left-anchor) search option and new sorting features, including out-of-the-box ascending and descending sort order and author and title sorting; locally defined fields for sorting; and a customisable sorting order for characters. Other enhancements offer libraries further control over relevance ranking and the grouping (FRBRizing) of search results.

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BookMyne application opens multi-language SirsiDynix library catalogues
- 15 Apr 2010

Library technology solutions provider SirsiDynix, US, has announced that BookMyne, a comprehensive iPhone application, now supports library catalogues in Spanish, French and German. The application, which allows users to search library catalogues and place holds on materials, claims to be the first industry-wide application available for Spanish, French and German language libraries.

Through BookMyne, library users can find participating libraries around the world, search library catalogues, place holds, and renew materials they have checked out. Libraries can customise their presence on the global directory in a number of ways. BookMyne 1.2 includes expanded language support, as well as options for users to be reminded of material due dates.

More than 300 libraries now offer their catalogue on the BookMyne directory, with more libraries joining daily. The application is made possible through Symphony Web Services, which libraries can download through the SirsiDynix Customer Care Portal. Library users can download the BookMyne application through the Apple Store at no cost.

Over 600 libraries in Canada, Latin America, Spain, France and Germany use SirsiDynix technology to connect users with their catalogues in Spanish, French and German languages. The company expects to offer the application to Horizon users later this year with the release of Web Services for Horizon.

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Summon Service’ new Database Recommender feature directs users to indexed content plus rarely captured specialised databases
- 18 Mar 2010

E-Resource Access and Management Services (ERAMS) provider Serials Solutions, US, has announced that its Summon web-scale discovery service has pioneered a new feature that expands exploration of library collections even further. The Summon service’s new Database Recommender points users to not only the indexed content in a library’s collection, but also to valuable, targeted research tools – all within the context of a single search. A user’s Summon search will now return the specific books and articles that are relevant along with a list of recommended databases to consult for additional pertinent information.

Through the Summon service, users can use a single entrance to the library’s collections, searching all formats in one integrated and instant search. Search results are returned in less than a second and now include not only indexed content, but advice on databases held by the library that are particularly pertinent to their research. This latest feature of the Summon service showcases sources that don’t lend themselves to be indexed by any service such as dynamic or statistical databases. In keeping with the Summon service’s uncomplicated interface, recommendations are integrated in the results screen and a mouse click takes users to the resource’s home page.

Database Recommender is the latest innovation to the service libraries are embracing as their path to bring students and faculty back to the library as the starting point for research. The Summon service was built from scratch using an entirely new technology architecture that delivers a search experience rivaling those found on the Open Web. Rather than federated search, it is powered by a single index that enables sub-second searches and completely unbiased results.

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Ex Libris announces expansion of Primo community with new members
- 17 Mar 2010

Library solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that additional libraries from around the world have selected the Primo discovery and delivery solution as a unified gateway to their library collections. These libraries will join the international Primo community and will benefit from the Primo Central mega-aggregate of scholarly e-content, scheduled for release in mid 2010.

Among the newest members to the Primo community, which now totals 260 institutions spanning 29 countries, are: Linda Hall Library (United States); Austrian National Library; Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria); Universite Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle (France); Paris-Dauphine University (France); Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (New Zealand); Saxony State Library – Dresden Technical University (Germany); University and State Library of Munster (Germany); Hungarian National Assembly; Consortium of Icelandic Libraries; Cape Peninsula University of Technology (South Africa); University of the Western Cape (South Africa); and Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.

Primo claims to be a one-stop solution for the discovery and delivery of local and remote resources, such as books, journal articles and digital objects. It assists libraries in fully utilising their collections and offering users an up-to-date discovery and delivery experience. Primo services can be embedded in commonly used applications such as course management systems and institutional portals, helping library serve users wherever they are.

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National Academic Library Information System selects suite of Ex Libris products
- 22 Dec 2009

Library solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Germany, has announced that the National Academic Library Information System (NALIS) in Bulgaria has chosen a number of Ex Libris solutions to form a unified backbone and gateway to the library’s services. Following a rigorous evaluation process, NALIS selected the Primo discovery and delivery solution, the Aleph integrated library system (ILS), the SFX OpenURL link resolver, the MetaLib gateway and metasearch solution and the DigiTool digital asset management system. Two founding members of the NALIS foundation — the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Sofia University — have been running Aleph for over 10 years.

NALIS chose Primo for its emphasis on the user experience and streamlined access to information. The solution is expected to give NALIS users the combined benefits of a unified interface, a simple yet powerful search capability, and rapid access to resources, which they have come to expect in the era of Google and Web 2.0 technologies. Integrated with the Aleph, DigiTool, MetaLib and SFX solutions, Primo will ensure that users gain seamless access to the diverse collections of NALIS member organisations.

The Ex Libris Group provides automation solutions for academic, national, and research libraries. The company maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 70 countries on six continents. Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with its customers, Ex Libris enables academic, national, and research libraries to maximise productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.

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