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Swiss Library Service Platform to base new national library services on Ex Libris Alma Platform and Primo Solution
- 12 Oct 2018

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Swiss Library Service Platform A.G. (SLSP) has opted to base Switzerland's new national library service for academic universities on the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform, with the Ex Libris Primo® solution providing discovery and delivery services to users. The new platform will enable academic libraries across Switzerland to collaborate, improve services and efficiencies, reduce silos, and eliminate duplication of effort.

The decision will see over 600 libraries across 130 institutions move from the Aleph®, Intota®, and Virtua library systems to the Alma platform and from the Summon®, SFX, and EBSCO Discovery Service™ tools to the Primo solution.

SLSP was formed by the merger of the six library networks that serve the Swiss academic community in the German, French, and Italian language regions. With the new library service center, the current cooperation within each language region will be raised to the national level, the duplication of work and library resources across the country will be reduced, and institutions that were previously served by smaller networks will continue to benefit from state-of-the-art services in the long term.

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OCLC in deal with publishers worldwide
- 04 Oct 2018

Non-profit global library cooperative OCLC has signed agreements with leading publishers from around the world to add metadata for high-quality electronic and print books, journals, databases and learning materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery.

The inclusion of authoritative publications and educational materials supports libraries in service to researchers, faculty, students and information seekers around the world.

OCLC has agreements in place with 350 publishers and content providers to supply metadata to facilitate discovery and access to key resources. OCLC recently signed agreements with the content providers include: Begell House, Inc.; Captise BV; Digital Theatre; Edinburgh University Press; The Electrochemical Society; Knowledge Unlatched; Manchester University Press; Mango Languages; PLOS (Public Library of Science); and The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.

Metadata from many of these publishers will also be made available to users through other OCLC services, including WorldCat.org, based on individual agreements. Details about how this metadata may be used in library management workflows will be communicated to OCLC users as the data is available.

By providing metadata and other descriptive content, these partnerships help libraries represent their electronic and physical collections more completely and efficiently.

Available as a stand-alone service or as part of WorldShare Management Services, WorldCat Discovery provides over 3.5 billion records of electronic, digital and physical resources, including articles, books, dissertations and audiovisual materials in support of libraries and information seekers.

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University of Leeds selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions to improve efficiency and decision-making
- 07 Sep 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of Leeds has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to improve efficiency, streamline workflows, and support decision-making. Alma and Primo will replace the Innovative Sierra software.

The University Library decided that the time had come to move to a cloud-based SaaS architecture and reduce costs. As part of this process, the university carried out a competitive evaluation of library management systems and their functionality and selected the Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions.

Leeds University Library has a proven track record of implementing systems that support and streamline its processes. Alma and Primo both offer excellent reporting functionality that directly addresses the strategic objective of managing collections more efficiently and will improve decision-making. Furthermore, a more robust relationship between the library management system and resource discovery layer will contribute to operational efficiency by improving the handling of acquisitions and reducing manual processes and workarounds.

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ProQuest News now discoverable via Ex Libris Primo
- 31 Aug 2018

According to a ProQuest 2017 survey, 87 percent of faculty members recommend news sources as a research tool for students - and 72 percent use it themselves. To address the teaching, learning and research needs of the academic community, ProQuest is making more of its digital news content discoverable via Ex Libris Primo, the discovery service that delivers access across the breadth of libraries' print, electronic and digital collections.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers, Recent Newspapers and Newsstream collections - covering nearly 3,000 titles from the early 1700s to today - are now discoverable through Primo. Researchers can quickly find the news they need in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian & Observer, The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, The Times of India and thousands more titles. In 2018, ProQuest has enabled discovery of many other ProQuest databases through Primo. Among them are History Vault, ProQuest Congressional and Government databases, House of Commons Parliamentary Papers and Statistical Insight and Statistical Abstract, helping users discover content across all disciplines.

Primo provides a digital gateway to help academic libraries maximise the exposure of their collections, giving patrons fast access to scholarly materials and intuitive ways to explore new content. The service integrates with a range of library and academic systems for end-to-end, efficient workflows.

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New Zealand’s Te Wānanga o Aotearoa selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions
- 30 Aug 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that Te Wānanga o Aotearoa has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution, replacing the school’s Ex Libris Voyager® integrated library system. Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (TWOA) claims to be one of New Zealand’s largest institutions of higher education, delivering courses at more than 80 locations.

TWOA sought a secure, cloud-based library system that can handle library collections located at multiple sites. Working with a well-established vendor that provides top-quality, real-time support for the library was another major requirement.

TWOA concluded that the Alma workflows, Ex Libris security and support infrastructure, and sophisticated Primo discovery features will help the school fulfil these goals.

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Applications for 2019 IFLA/OCLC Fellowship Program now being accepted
- 27 Aug 2018

OCLC and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) are now accepting applications for library professionals to participate in the 2019 Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program.

The Fellowship Program, sponsored by IFLA and OCLC, is a four-week program based at OCLC headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA, that provides education and professional development opportunities for early career librarians from countries with developing economies. The 2019 program will run from March 16 to April 12, 2019.

A description of the program, along with dates for applications, selection and participation were announced during the World Library and Information Congress: 84th IFLA General Conference and Assembly in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Details about the program, guidelines and applications are now available on the website. Deadline for applications is September 28, 2018.

The IFLA/OCLC Fellowship Program offers advanced continuing education and exposure to a broad range of issues in information technologies, library operations and global cooperative librarianship. The program has welcomed 90 librarians and information science professionals from 39 countries.

The Fellows gain professional knowledge, visit leading institutions as models of collaboration and make contacts in the international library community that will help them progress for many years to come. Fellows also have opportunities to share their home customs and cultures with other Fellows, with colleagues they meet during the program, and with their hosts.

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University of Denver to join Ex Libris Esploro early adopter program
- 22 Aug 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of Denver has decided to become an early adopter of the Ex Libris Esploro™ research services solution. Esploro will facilitate the capture, management, and dissemination of the university's research output and data across all disciplines; improve the visibility of graduate students' and faculty research; automate the updating of scholar profiles; and enable the research office to track and analyse research activities.

As a participant in the Esploro early adopter program, the University of Denver will be closely involved in providing product feedback and shaping the Esploro solution to meet the needs of research universities. The first release will be available to early adopters in 2019.

The Esploro services will constitute a major element in the University of Denver's initiative to create an efficient process for highlighting the faculty's work and expertise. At present, multiple disconnected systems are used to collect and publish research information. Through the consolidation and automation of these systems and processes, Esploro will boost the visibility of the university's scholarly work.

The University of Denver also intends to use Esploro services to improve the way in which faculty profiles appear on the web, both internally and externally, and to help university departments collaborate with each other on interdisciplinary subject areas.

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University of Central Missouri opts for Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions
- 16 Aug 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of Central Missouri (UCM) has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to replace the university's Innovative Sierra integrated library system.

After a rigorous three-year evaluation process, the University of Central Missouri selected the Alma platform and Primo solution to meet the information needs of students and faculty, who are increasingly accessing information electronically for teaching, learning, and research. The university required a library system that is easy to use, simple to maintain, flexible, and customisable. Also of importance to UCM was system architecture that was built from the outset to handle electronic formats and that is future proof, enabling the library to add new applications as technology changes.

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University of Sydney selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions
- 14 Aug 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of Sydney has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Primo® discovery and delivery solution to improve the visibility and accessibility of the university's unique, extensive collections and provide greater integration and interoperability capabilities for behind-the-scenes library management.

Scheduled to be implemented for the 2019 school year, the Alma-Primo integration will help the university address the changing requirements of its community and gain experience with emerging technologies, service models, and skills. The new library solutions will consolidate the library's position as a leading, future-focused library with expertise in areas such as resource sharing, RFID technology, metadata management, research partnerships, round-the-clock access through self-service technologies and mobile apps, digitisation of rare and special collections, collection benchmarking and promotion, easy-to-use discovery, and the provision of online learning.

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University of Sassari opts for Ex Libris Alma library services platform to increase efficiency and strengthen collaboration
- 09 Aug 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that Italy's University of Sassari has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform to improve the library's efficiency, support decision-making, and foster collaboration with libraries at the local and international levels. The university has been using the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution, which will be integrated with the Alma platform.

With the increasingly large role that electronic resources play in the university's heritage collections and acquisitions, the library decided to move to a platform that would support both print and electronic resources. In addition, the library sought a system that would provide research tools that allow for a high level of personalisation, interaction, and sharing and would facilitate the librarians' collaboration with university staff and members of national and international networks.

As well as benefiting from the harmonised workflows that these integrations create, the library team at Sassari will be leveraging Alma analytics to assess the usage of the university's heritage documents and to provide essential intelligence to support acquisition policies. For the librarians, the opportunity to work within the Alma Community Zone will guarantee a source of valuable information about cataloguing, acquisitions, and resource management, while for users, the tight integration with the Primo solution will facilitate the customisation of searches and make them more effective.

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South Carolina PASCAL Consortium opts for Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions
- 26 Jul 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL) has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to enhance collaboration, efficiency, and services for consortium members. Upon completion of the project, PASCAL members will replace multiple library systems, including Innovative Sierra and Millennium, SirsiDynix, and OCLC systems, with the Alma platform.

PASCAL members will have a common next-generation platform that improves the research experience for students and faculty, and enables libraries to better manage their resources. Alma and Primo will support the expanded collaborative efforts among PASCAL libraries and provide universal access to information resources through statewide delivery services, enabling collaborative collection management via consortium-wide coordination.

Among the benefits of the shared Alma platform and Primo solution are unified management of both print and e-resource collections, the improvement of discovery through the Primo solution, collaborative collection-building, streamlined workflows, and an improved user experience. In addition, Alma analytics capabilities will provide insight into the composition and usage of the statewide collection, enabling libraries to better meet the needs of their patrons. The Alma platform will also eliminate redundancies and integrate seamlessly with multiple campus systems, which will allow the libraries to automate actions such as the uploading of patron data.

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The Library of the University of Amsterdam and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences select Ex Libris Alma platform
- 25 Jul 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Library of the University of Amsterdam (Universiteit van Amsterdam, or UvA) and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool van Amsterdam, or HvA) have selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform. The Alma adoption will help the universities improve the management of their growing e-resource collection and introduce operational efficiencies that will free librarians to deliver enhanced services. The Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution, which is already in use at the library, will be integrated with the Alma platform.

In 2009, the library implemented the Ex Libris Aleph® integrated library system, which has fulfilled the library's needs thus far. However, the library recognised that it must now move to a platform that can manage the universities' print collection and rapidly growing collection of electronic and digital resources. With the library's system hardware due to be replaced in 2019, an extensive investigation into the possibilities of upgrading to a next-generation library management platform was carried out.

In particular, the library sought a solution that would provide smooth, integrated workflows to minimise the increasing burden that the management of e-resources places on librarians. Moving to a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution would free up resources that could be redirected to support of education and research. Furthermore, by unifying workflows for print, electronic, and digital resources, the library would be able to showcase all collections, including heritage collections.

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OCUL members opt for Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions
- 13 Jul 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution. Thirteen OCUL libraries, including six ARL members, chose to move forward and participate in a collaborative purchase of the Alma and Primo solutions. Member libraries will be upgrading from the Ex Libris Voyager® integrated library system (ILS), as well as replacing other third-party integrated library systems. The Alma platform will also be replacing a variety of link resolver and ERM systems. The Primo discovery solution will replace the diverse range of discovery systems currently in use among the members to provide improved discoverability of resources across the institutions.

The University of Windsor, an OCUL member, was the first in the consortium to purchase the Alma and Primo solutions, in 2013. The 13 OCUL institutions that have recently opted for the Ex Libris solutions are York University (an ARL member), the University of Ottawa (ARL), Western University (ARL), the University of Waterloo (ARL), the University of Guelph (ARL), Queen's University (ARL), Nipissing University, Brock University, Carleton University, Lakehead University, Trent University, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and Wilfrid Laurier University. It is anticipated that additional OCUL members will join the project in the future. The participating members have collections representing more than 18 million bibliographic records and serve over 340,000 students, staff, and faculty members.

The Alma platform and Primo discovery solution will provide OCUL libraries with the opportunity to share data, collaborate more efficiently, and streamline workflows. In addition, to support data-driven decision-making, librarians will be able to generate cross-campus analytics for an effective review of system-wide sharing, collection development, and resource usage. As a unified resource management solution, the Alma platform aligns with OCUL's goal to eliminate silos, redundant processes, and the duplication of data. The platform will be able to handle the size, scale, and diverse nature of the OCUL institutions and support a full range of collaborative services while also preserving institutional autonomy where necessary. The Primo consortium capabilities will enable each member library to optimise services; enhance the user experience; and maximise discoverability, resource sharing, and collaboration across the consortium.

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The National Library of Poland selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions for OMNIS e-Service project
- 11 Jul 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the National Library of Poland has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Primo® discovery and delivery solution as key components in the library's OMNIS e-Service project. Alma and Primo will provide the basis for the library to adopt a unified national approach to library resource management, discovery, and delivery.

The OMNIS e-Service project, financed by the Digital Poland Projects Centre, represents a major investment in the creation of a nationwide library network and the future of Polish librarianship. The project aims to enable users to access a wide variety of resources via a single gateway.

After the Alma and Primo solutions are implemented at the National Library, they will be rolled out to early adopters consisting of academic, regional, and county libraries. These institutions will transfer their data to a common cataloguing service and begin working collaboratively with Alma and Primo. The experience they gain will benefit all the libraries in Poland as the OMNIS e-service project is rolled out across the country.

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University of New Hampshire opts for Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions
- 26 Jun 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of New Hampshire (UNH) has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution. The UNH Library is the 11th member of the Boston Library Consortium to adopt the Alma and Primo solutions.

The UNH Library's vision aligns with Ex Libris' commitment to provide cloud-based solutions for higher education. Ex Libris shares the UNH Library's interest in encouraging research that contributes to the greater good.

The full-featured Alma capabilities and continual rapid pace of the product's development were among the key factors in UNH's decision to adopt this solution.

With the combination of the Alma platform and the Primo solution, the university will benefit from modern, unified library management functionality and user-friendly discovery service. In an era of data-driven decision-making and the need to demonstrate a library's value to its institution, the UNH Library anticipates that the analytics and reporting options will show the benefits of a significantly enhanced user experience.

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Liberty University selects Ex Libris Alma library services platform
- 06 Jun 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that Liberty University has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform. Liberty University claims to be the largest private, non-profit university in the US and the largest university in Virginia. Alma will be implemented alongside the school's Summon® discovery service. The Alma platform will facilitate the management and delivery of resources and support Summon's robust patron-facing discovery services.

Major factors leading to the university's choice of the Alma service were the availability of product features that match the institution's needs and the positive experience that Liberty has had working with Ex Libris products and the Ex Libris team for more than a decade.

The university's Jerry Falwell Library looks forward to the greater degree of automation that the Alma platform will provide. Through this automation, the interaction between library processes and other university systems will improve significantly. The library's tighter integration with the university's storage and retrieval system will streamline workflows and increase the discoverability of resources, while customer service will be enhanced - for example, by automatically issuing reminders regarding the return or renewal of items before their due date.

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Fondazione Biblioteca Europea di Informazione e Cultura selects Ex Libris Rosetta and Alma solutions
- 09 May 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Fondazione Biblioteca Europea di Informazione e Cultura (European library of information and culture, or BEIC) has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Rosetta digital asset management and preservation solution to more effectively manage the resources of BEIC’s digital collections. The BEIC Foundation will be replacing its open‑source software and migrating its current local installation of the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to a cloud-based implementation.

BEIC Foundation currently uses the Ex Libris Digitool digital asset management system to store over 14 million images; however, the Digital Library project will require an even larger scale of storage for these objects and robust preservation functionality. Also, as the archive's scale and the consortium of institutions involved in the project grow, integrated archive and preservation workflows will have to be unified with the resource management workflows and the discovery and delivery service.

With the move to these modern solutions, the foundation expects to benefit from an increase in productivity, a reduction in costs, and improved scalability.

The goal of the BEIC Digital Library has been to provide easy access to a vast collection of some of the most important European works to have been produced in the sciences, arts, and humanities from ancient times to today. Rosetta, Alma, and Primo will enable BEIC to offer access to these collections more effectively and efficiently, particularly through collaboration with other national and international institutions.

With the move to these modern solutions, the foundation expects to benefit from an increase in productivity, a reduction in costs, and improved scalability, all made possible by the software-as-a-service (SaaS) implementation. The close integration between Rosetta, Alma, and Primo, along with their compliance with industry standards and interoperability with third-party solutions, will ease the way for institutions that want to join the project.

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Ara Institute of Canterbury goes live with Ex Libris Alma library services platform
- 26 Apr 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that New Zealand's Ara Institute of Canterbury has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform, which, together with the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution, is facilitating the management of Ara's wide range of electronic and physical resources.

Ara Institute of Canterbury sought a new cloud-based and future-proofed system that would handle both electronic and physical assets and support the various acquisition methods that the Institute employs. Ara anticipates that the Alma platform will simplify and centralise the management and control of electronic and physical resources as well as improving access to resources.

In addition, the Alma Analytics module will facilitate the tracking of resource usage, enabling the Institute to evaluate its collection and report on the library's impact on student success.

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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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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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Michigan Shared System Alliance opts for Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions
- 02 Mar 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Michigan Shared System Alliance (MSSA) has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to enhance collaboration, efficiency, and services for the Alliance's members. The Alma platform will replace the Innovative Sierra integrated library system at five of the member institutions.

The Michigan Shared System Alliance is a newly established consortium founded by seven members of the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS): Albion College, Ferris State University, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Michigan Technological University, Oakland University, and Western Theological Seminary.

MSSA selected the Alma and Primo solutions as a means of making their workflows more efficient. The Alma and Primo solutions' handling of electronic resources and subscription renewal will bring instant benefits to MSSA and help integrate e resources with acquisitions. In-depth customisation features will increase search and administration options for faculty, students, and library staff.

By coming together as a group, MSSA libraries anticipate that the sharing of experiences and knowledge will contribute to a smooth implementation process and continued communication will help members manage their systems more effectively.

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin selects Ex Libris Alma library services platform
- 23 Feb 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform to integrate with the university's Ex Libris Summon® discovery and delivery service. This decision comes as an increasing number of libraries in the University of Texas system elect to use the Alma platform, making it easier for the consortium to work with a standardized and proven technology infrastructure.

The Alma-Summon combination will provide strong synergy between the back-office management of resources and patron-facing discovery of, and access to, scholarly resources needed for learning, teaching, and research. The Alma platform will replace the school's Innovative Interfaces Sierra integrated library system.

By streamlining the management of electronic and print resources, UTPB plans to raise staff productivity significantly, improve workflows, and optimize resource use by applying data received through Alma analytics. The University also anticipates greater sharing across campus-wide systems, enabling them to connect to student management and bursar systems, among others. Taking advantage of the Ex Libris open-platform philosophy, the library will be able to connect to other university systems via APIs, collaborate with other libraries via consortial networks, and benefit from extensions contributed by an energetic customer base.

In its evaluation of products that met UTPB's selection requirements, the University noted the Alma platform's core functionality, interoperability, and easy integration with Summon discovery.

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Cambridge University Libraries go live with Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions
- 16 Feb 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced the successful implementation of the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Primo® discovery and delivery solution at the University of Cambridge. The Alma and Primo solutions will be an integral part of services at multiple Cambridge libraries.

The Alma and Primo solutions enable the University to unify the management of its digital and print resources, take advantage of the collaborative Alma capabilities, and present users with a coherent view of the services and collections that are available to them.

The libraries of the University of Cambridge house rich and diverse collections of information resources to support the teaching and research of the University. There are over 100 libraries in Cambridge. More than eight million books and periodicals, one million maps, and many thousands of manuscripts occupy more than 125 miles of shelving. Department and faculty library collections support teaching and research in subject areas taught at Cambridge and add breadth to what is available for students and academics.

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Three South African Universities go live with Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 19 Jan 2018

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, the University of Cape Town, and the University of the Western Cape are now operational with the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Primo® discovery and delivery solution. They join Stellenbosch University, the first university in Africa to choose Alma, which went live in early 2017.

The South African universities are realising added value through Alma's unified resource management and cloud-based platform while Primo makes their library collections more accessible and searchable for researchers and students. Ex Libris solutions are designed to put libraries at the center of universities' teaching, learning, and research, a factor that was important to the South African universities in their choice of Alma and Primo.

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is one of the six universities of technology in South Africa, and the largest university in the province with over 32,000 students enrolled in six faculties on five campuses. The CPUT library provides resources, information, and information literacy programs to support learning and research at the various campuses.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions. The university has six faculties, which address students' teaching and learning needs. UCT Libraries came into being in 1905, and today its collection consists of more than 1.2 million volumes, over 72,000 e-journal titles, more than 28,500 print journal titles, 190 high-quality electronic databases, and over 38,000 audiovisual resources.

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) is a national university, alert to its African and international context as it strives to be a place of quality, a place to grow. It is committed to excellence in teaching, learning, and research; to nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa; and to responding in critical and creative ways to the needs of a society in transition. UWC's key concerns with access, equity, and quality in higher education arise from extensive practical engagement in helping the historically marginalised participate fully in the life of the nation. Today, over 22,000 students are educated at UWC.

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Former member libraries of UNILINC library network use Ex Libris' Alma and Primo to automate library services
- 04 Dec 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that 17 of the 20 libraries that were previously members of the UNILINC library network have chosen to work directly with Ex Libris as they continue to use the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Primo® discovery and delivery solution.

The UNILINC cooperative ceased its operations on October 31, 2017. Most of the libraries that were members will continue working with both Alma and Primo to streamline library workflows, expand the discovery of library resources, and optimise library services with the assistance of advanced analytics. The active community of Ex Libris users throughout Australia and New Zealand and the opportunity to easily share ideas and best practices were important factors in the libraries' decision to continue with the Ex Libris solutions.

Alma and Primo enable these libraries to be more self-sufficient, to automate more workflows, and to focus on more critical tasks. Using analytics based on Oracle Business Intelligence, the libraries are able to generate reports and customise dashboards for the range of library activities. Ex Libris will work hand in hand with the libraries to facilitate their use of the Ex Libris solutions.

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Drexel University selects cloud-based Ex Libris Alma library services platform
- 29 Nov 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that Drexel University has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform to integrate with the university's Summon® discovery and delivery service. The Alma-Summon combination will improve the discovery of and access to scholarly resources needed for learning, teaching, and research. As a single system, Alma will streamline procedures for managing the Libraries' acquired and licensed electronic and print resources, help the Libraries raise staff productivity significantly, improve workflows, and eliminate data silos. The Alma platform replaces the Innovative Interfaces Millennium integrated library system (ILS), which Drexel has used since 1998.

With Alma, the University anticipates automating various library functions that are critical for efficiently managing acquisitions, the licensing of electronic information resources and databases, metadata descriptions, discovery, circulation, reserves, and resource-sharing services. These activities increasingly involve multiple formats beyond print books and journals, audio recordings, and visual images, and require future capacity for managing research data, something Alma was designed to handle.

When evaluating products that met Drexel's main selection requirements, the University noted Alma's core functionality, interoperability, and easy integration with Summon. Drexel sought a visionary, action-oriented, collaborative, and technologically innovative vendor. As Drexel and Ex Libris became better acquainted, the University realized that Ex Libris understood the Drexel vision and was excited to enable it.

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Swiss National Library selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 16 Nov 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Swiss National Library (NL) has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution.

The NL decided to replace its legacy integrated library system, VTLS Virtua, with an up-to-date management platform and a publicly accessible search system. Following a competitive, open tender process, the NL opted for the Alma and Primo solutions to provide next-generation library services.

During the tender process, the NL recognized that the combination of Alma and Primo offers a complete set of features that support the entire functioning of the library across all departments and provides integrated management of print and electronic resources, including workflows for voluntary deposit, gifts, and unsolicited items.

Additional key factors in the decision were the solution's openness to integration, support for the official languages of Switzerland (German, French, and Italian), and the customisability of Primo for individual user needs.

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Italy's LUISS - Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli - selects Ex Libris Alma Library Services Platform
- 09 Nov 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that LUISS - Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli - will be building its new and enhanced library services on the Ex Libris Alma® platform while continuing to work with the Ex Libris Summon® discovery solution. The university will be taking advantage of Alma's powerful analytics, streamlined workflows, and unified management of print and electronic resources.

The move to Alma will enable LUISS to create seamless library workflows to manage print and electronic resources and take advantage of detailed statistics that will help the library better plan and optimise its resources and collections.

LUISS - Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli is an independent university created out of a pre-existing Roman institution, Pro Deo. LUISS offers over 8,600 students an innovative educational approach in the university's four departments-Economics and Finance, Business and Management, Law, and Political Science-and four schools for graduate and professional studies-the LUISS Business School, the School of Government, the School of Law, and the School of European Political Economy.

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Virginia's Community Colleges select Ex Libris Alma solution
- 08 Nov 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Virginia's Community Colleges (VCCS) has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and will integrate it with its statewide implementation of the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution. Alma will replace the Ex Libris Aleph® integrated library system.

The libraries of the nearly two dozen community colleges that constitute the VCCS will have the time-saving benefit of centralised acquisitions and collaborative decision-making. According to Tara Cassidy, VCCS Director of Library Services, the new library system will enable their staff to focus on supporting teaching and learning rather than dealing with siloed systems and ad hoc manual processes. The ability to quickly generate meaningful reports will inform decision-making for library operations, purchases, and collection analysis in a consistent way.

With Alma, VCCS will also be able to make full use of the significant investment in electronic resources, effectively manage assets, and support emergent and increasingly complex e-resource licensing and access models.

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Washington Research Library Consortium extends Ex Libris Alma and Primo implementation to additional libraries of member universities
- 23 Oct 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the number of libraries participating in the Ex Libris Alma® and Primo® implementation at the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), in Washington has recently increased to 16.

Georgetown University's Law Library, American University's Pence Law Library, and George Washington University's Jacob Burns Law Library and Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library will now be able to take advantage of the consortium's implementation of the Alma library management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution. The Alma and Primo platforms will provide these libraries with new opportunities for collaboration, such as the sharing of resources and bibliographic information, to enhance services and support for faculty and students.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 31 Aug 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to manage and expose its expanding collections. The Ex Libris solutions will replace the SirsiDynix Horizon integrated library system, in use since 1995.

The Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées is in charge of managing the Academy of Toulouse (previously the Academy of the Midi-Pyrénées region) academic library network. Starting in the mid-1990s, this network saw substantial growth in the demand for and use of electronic resources. This change in the nature of its collections and services originally led the network to acquire additional software components to manage electronic and digital resources and make them discoverable, resulting in a siloed system with redundant workflows.

In this context and in partnership with l'Agence bibliographique française de l'enseignement supérieur (ABES) and eight other higher education institutions (Université de Bordeaux Service de coopération documentaire, Cité des sciences et de l'Industrie Universcience, Université de Clermont-Ferrand Blaise Pascal, Université du Havre, Université de Lille 3, Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, BIU de Montpellier, and Université Paris-Descartes), the Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées began a thorough evaluation of solutions, concluding with the selection of Alma and Primo to unify both the management of the libraries and access to their collections.

In addition, the libraries will benefit from more efficient and coherent analytics regarding their use of resources and the ability to better integrate their library services platform with their wider campus systems.

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University of Calgary opts for Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions
- 25 Aug 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of Calgary has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Primo® discovery and delivery solution. Alma will be replacing the SirsiDynix Symphony® integrated library system.

The University of Calgary's Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR), which operates seven libraries on campus and across the city, 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 automatic updates and streamlined workflows. Alma and Primo were the solutions of choice.

The Alma platform will enable the university to optimise library management processes and will provide the analytics that are essential for making increasingly complex decisions. Primo will facilitate users' access to the University of Calgary's high-quality resources through its customizable interface, comprehensive search capabilities, and personalized search results. In addition, the many configuration options offered by Primo will enable Calgary to meet the needs of its partners in the Southern Alberta Integrated Libraries (SAIL) consortium.

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National Library of Scotland selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo to unify management of and access to rapidly growing electronic and print resources
- 21 Aug 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the National Library of Scotland has selected the cloud-based Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Primo® discovery and delivery solution to help the Library better manage its collections, increase the visibility of resources, and handle the ever-growing quantity of electronic resources and print deposits.

The increasing volume of electronic resources, as a result of a growing move to non-print legal deposit and an increase in the acquisition of digital resources, have placed a strain on the National Library's print-focused integrated library system and OPAC. In addition, the Library requires better integration with other systems, such as the finance, customer registration and authentication, and digital assessment systems, in order to reduce the duplication of data and processes.

The Library will use Alma to improve efficiency and productivity by automating processes and improving integration so that staff members can spend their time and use their skills more effectively. The unified management of resources regardless of their acquisition method - purchased, donated, or received as legal deposit - will enable the Library to handle the increase in both print and electronic formats in a single workflow. In addition, Primo will provide a seamless, modern resource-discovery experience for users, helping them to easily find and access print and electronic resources from the wealth of the Library's collections.

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Ex Libris announces new release of the Summon® discovery service
- 16 Aug 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced a new release of the Summon® discovery service. This release helps libraries further address researcher and student needs and improve their users' experience. Patrons will benefit from interface and system enhancements, increased opportunities for discovering content through subject-specific searches, and easy access to course reserves through search results.

A significant feature in the new release enables patrons to explore content through subject-term searches: subject-term links appear within Summon results and on catalogue detail pages to help users discover relevant content. The Summon release also enhances teaching and learning by enabling patrons to discover and access course reserves through search results, leveraging the integration between Summon and the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform.

Libraries can also immediately take advantage of many customer-requested interface and system-level enhancements, which include improved accessibility, more intuitive facet navigation, and options for customising icons and background colours. Additionally, the new release enhances relevancy of English search results through improved handling of punctuation and special characters, use of synonyms, and stemming. Lastly, the new release integrates with Open Athens and supports the most recent version of AngularJS.

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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley adopts Ex Libris Alma and Primo to unify library systems
- 03 Aug 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and Primo® discovery and delivery solution.

Established in 2013, UTRGV is now consolidating systems used by two former schools that are part of the new university. In making the move to Alma and Primo, the university's goal is to streamline the differing workflows from each campus and adopt a standardized, more efficient approach.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley selected Alma and Primo for the superior functionality and interconnectivity they offer. The library's top priority was finding an integrated library system that could serve as a universal tool to tie library functions together in a meaningful way. Library staff members are excited by the prospect of using interconnected workflows, as well as by the ease of generating meaningful analytics. Also, with the merging of two formerly separate libraries, the staff will have an opportunity to learn the new products together and share experiences as resource management becomes unified for a united institution.

With new data-driven capabilities, the library plans to simplify decision-making about de-selection, preferred formats, and how to improve cost efficiency. The university believes that the reports enabled by Alma analytics will make it easier for the library to demonstrate its impact on research, teaching, and learning.

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Virginia’s Lynchburg College opts for Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions
- 28 Jun 2017

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, has announced that Virginia's Lynchburg College has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Primo® discovery and delivery solution to manage and expose the library's electronic and print collections and to improve efficiency across the board with integrated workflows.

Lynchburg sought a robust solution that would integrate the college's complex collections and enable its library to manage print and electronic resources more efficiently. In addition, the college wanted to partner with a vendor that has a long history and extensive experience in the library system business.

The Alma platform will streamline library workflows and processes at Lynchburg and strengthen the collaboration between library professionals, while Primo will provide Lynchburg's students and faculty with unified access to both print and electronic resources. The comprehensive analytics capabilities offered by Alma and Primo will support Lynchburg's collection development processes and help the library demonstrate its value to the college.

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Eastern Michigan University goes live with Alma and Summon integration
- 27 Jun 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that Eastern Michigan University has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform integrated with the Ex Libris Summon® discovery service.

The first library to implement this integrated solution, Eastern Michigan now benefits from improved resource management workflows and an optimised resource discovery experience. Alma replaces the Ex Libris Voyager integrated library system while the university has retained Summon as the preferred discovery service.

Eastern Michigan's migration to Alma and the unification of the management and discovery of physical and electronic resources represent a significant step forward for the university library. It is already experiencing greater efficiency through the automation of many processes and the tight integration of services.

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Syndetics Unbound integrated with Primo and Summon
- 23 Jun 2017

ProQuest and Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, are helping libraries improve the research experience and expand exploration by integrating ProQuest® Syndetics Unbound with the Ex Libris Primo® and Summon® discovery services.

The integration with ProQuest® Syndetics Unbound, a groundbreaking online enrichment service, enables libraries to create a better discovery experience for today’s researcher while maximising the value of their collections. Libraries can display Syndetics Unbound data on their Primo and Summon catalogue detail pages to showcase items and increase user engagement. Researchers see familiar elements such as title recommendations, author information, look-inside-the-book pages, series information, professional reviews, reader reviews, tags, book profiles, and awards.

Activation of the Syndetics Unbound integration is easy, requiring just a click in the discovery service’s administration console. Summon customers with Syndetics Unbound subscriptions can benefit from enriched catalog detail pages immediately, and Primo customers will be able to activate the service with the next Primo release in August 2017. Customers interested in obtaining Syndetics Unbound subscriptions can request additional information at https://proquest.syndetics.com.

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The European Commission signs framework agreement for Ex Libris Primo and Alma
- 07 Jun 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the European Commission has signed an inter-institutional framework agreement for the supply of the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Libraries from ten European institutions and bodies will benefit from the agreement, including the libraries of the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Committee of the Regions, and the European Court of Auditors.

The expiration of the current library-system agreement this year gave the European Commission the opportunity to evaluate ways to improve library services for all of its users. After an extensive tendering process, Alma and Primo were selected for their ability to enable librarians to increase their efficiency in managing print resources and e resources and to provide library users with a powerful and customisable search and discovery experience.

The agreement also covers the European Union Intellectual Property Office in Alicante, Spain; the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training in Thessaloniki, Greece; the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions in Dublin, Ireland; and the European Institute for Gender Equality located in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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OCLC in deal with leading publishers worldwide
- 02 Jun 2017

Global library cooperative OCLC has signed agreements with distinguished publishers from around the world to add metadata for high quality books, e-books, journals, databases and other materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery.

OCLC has agreements in place with 315 publishers and information providers to supply metadata to facilitate discovery and access to key resources relevant to researchers, faculty and students.

WorldCat Discovery provides over 2.8 billion records of electronic, digital and physical resources, including articles, books, dissertations and audiovisual materials in support of libraries and information seekers.

Metadata from many of these publishers will also be made available to users through other OCLC services based on individual agreements. Details about how this metadata may be used in library management workflows will be communicated to OCLC users as the data is available.

By providing metadata and other descriptive content, these partnerships help libraries represent their electronic and physical collections more completely and efficiently.

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Marist College to integrate Ex Libris Alma and Summon
- 15 May 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that Marist College, in Poughkeepsie, New York, will be adopting the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform, to be used in conjunction with the Summon® discovery service. Replacing the library's Voyager® integrated library system (ILS), the combination of Summon and Alma will streamline and enhance the management of resources and increase discovery capabilities.

Through the integration of Alma with Summon, Marist will continue to benefit from Summon as the front-facing discovery service that the College's librarians, instructors, and researchers are familiar with. At the same time, Alma will enable the library to centrally manage all of its electronic, digital, and print resources.

Marist will begin implementing Alma during the upcoming months and plans to complete the integration and launch the Alma-Summon solution in December 2017.

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University of Genoa selects Ex Libris Alma Service to unify management of resources
- 12 May 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that Italy's University of Genoa (Università degli Studi di Genova) has opted to migrate to the Ex Libris Alma® library management service to help meet the increasing demand for electronic resources. Integrated with the university's Primo discovery and delivery solution, including the Primo Central Index, the Alma service will enable the library team to benefit from unified, streamlined workflows.

A long-term Ex Libris Aleph® customer, the university library found that the type of resources that users seek has undergone a significant change in the past few years. As a result, the university library system has had to adapt to new processes for acquiring and managing electronic resources in addition to managing extensive print collections.

The move to Alma will give the university a unified resource management solution that will enable the staff to take advantage of enhanced workflows for acquiring and managing electronic resources. The librarians will also be using the Alma Community Zone to collaborate on the cataloging, acquisition, and management of resources. The resulting time that is saved on day-to-day tasks will provide more opportunities for the library to deliver teaching, learning, and visitor support services.

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Ex Libris launches new release of the Ex Libris Summon discovery service
- 11 May 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has launched a new release of the Ex Libris Summon® discovery service to help libraries further address researcher and student needs and streamline operations. The release includes integration with the Ex Libris bX® Recommender service and ProQuest Syndetics Unbound catalogue enrichment service, as well as an enhanced integration with the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform. Summon customers will now benefit from improved discoverability of open-access content and will leverage additional features to help guide patrons on their research journey.

Libraries can now increase serendipitous discovery by embedding the bX Recommender service, which provides automated suggestions of relevant scholarly articles. The suggestions are based on anonymous usage patterns from millions of patrons around the world. The integration of Summon with Syndetics Unbound enables libraries to enrich records with title recommendations, author information, look-inside-the-book views, series information, professional reviews, reader reviews, and much more, to maximise the value of library collections and help researchers discover more about relevant resources.

Another significant aspect of this Summon release is the enhanced integration with the Alma library services platform. Libraries using Summon and Alma can now experience a more efficient way of managing all their resources while maintaining the discovery experience that they are used to. The tight connection between Summon and Alma also enables customers to streamline rights management, publish catalogue data, and display a new patron services page in Summon.

The Ex Libris commitment to the discoverability of open-access materials remains strong. Open-access content indicators are now embedded within Summon search results, and filtering capabilities in the Summon user interface and advanced search page have been added. Documentation on the open-access content that is discoverable in Summon is also available.

The open-access enhancements, as well as the integration with Alma, the bX Recommender service, and the Syndetics Unbound service, are available whether customers use the standard Summon interface or the Summon API.

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ProQuest and InfoReady simplify grant workflow
- 05 May 2017

ProQuest and technology company InfoReady Corporation are enabling research administrators to save time and improve the accuracy of grant application management by integrating the functionality of the ProQuest Pivot® solution and InfoReady's InfoReady Review™ platform. The combination creates one seamless workflow from funding opportunity discovery to candidate selection.

Research administrators use Pivot to easily find grant opportunities and resources. Now, data from Pivot will automatically populate in InfoReady Review, which will post the opportunities, route applications for review, and ultimately enable users to select their most eligible grant candidates.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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National University of Ireland Galway opts for Ex Libris Alma and Primo discovery and delivery solution
- 30 Mar 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and Primo® discovery and delivery solution as a unified platform for delivering the university's library services strategy.

NUI Galway currently uses a locally managed infrastructure, which served the university well as long as the library was focused primarily on print resources. However, with the growth in demand for electronic resources, the library has had to develop workarounds to handle new formats. As a result, the library systems have become more complex and require greater administrative overhead.

NUI Galway has opted for the cloud-based Alma and Primo solutions, which offer the stability of a hosted, vendor-maintained environment along with a steady pipeline of developments incorporating rapidly evolving technology. The reduced administrative burden will enable local staff to engage in more user-centered activities that are better aligned with the library's goal of partnering to advance teaching, learning, and research.

The automated Alma workflow functionality, including unified resource management, will be closely integrated with other administrative systems. In addition, the advanced Alma and Primo analytics will assist the library in developing a more informed evidence-based approach to collection management, a key priority in the library's strategy.

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Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM opts for Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 29 Mar 2017

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM (IULM University) has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® resource management service and the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution. With the combined platform, the university anticipates increasing integration with other campus and library systems, improving the discovery experience for users, and creating innovative new services. Alma and Primo will replace IULM University's existing Ex Libris Aleph integrated library system and EBSCO® Discovery Service.

IULM University decided to migrate to Alma and Primo to meet new challenges in library management and address evolving user needs. It was essential that the IULM library system be integrated with a number of campus systems, such as student records and resource acquisition platforms, while giving librarians access to timely, accurate usage statistics and providing them with essential information for developing collections in line with pedagogical requirements. IULM also wanted to satisfy users' rapidly rising demand for e‑resources.

Together, Alma and Primo fulfill all these needs, and with the platform's truly cloud-based architecture, numerous administrative tasks, such as performing system upgrades and migrations, are shifted from the library staff to Ex Libris.

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The University of North Carolina at Charlotte opts for Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions
- 23 Mar 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and Primo® discovery and delivery solution. UNC Charlotte's J. Murrey Atkins Library selected the Ex Libris solutions as an integrated, best-in-class implementation to meet patron expectations and take the library into the future. Alma and Primo will replace Atkins' existing OCLC WorldShare Management Services platform.

During the evaluation process, UNC Charlotte's J. Murrey Atkins Library defined a number of goals for the new system, including an increase in efficiency, the streamlining of management workflows, and a powerful, modern search service. The Ex Libris solutions were selected to fulfil all of these goals. With the cloud-based, multitenant Alma architecture, software updates are automatic and require no effort on the part of library staff. Alma workflows streamline e-resource management while the Primo discovery experience offers library patrons a customisable interface, comprehensive search technology, and personalised result lists that support the needs of researchers and students.

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Germany’s Common Bibliographic Data Zone goes live with University of Mannheim as first member institution
- 15 Mar 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of Mannheim, a member of the Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (BSZ) consortium, has become the first university in Germany to be connected to the Common Bibliographic Data Zone (CBDZ). The CBDZ is a collaboration between BSZ and two other major German consortia—Verbundzentrale des Gemeinsamen Bibliotheksverbunds (VZG) and Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (hbz). The Ex Libris Alma® resource management service, and particularly the advanced Alma Network Zone capabilities, serves as the CBDZ's technology infrastructure.

The three consortia are working together to define, create, and maintain the Common Bibliographic Data Zone. They also provide the necessary technical and organisational infrastructure and have control over the data in the CBDZ. The databases of the three consortia will continue to act as the primary cataloging databases while also being synchronized with the CBDZ.

Member libraries can now access data in the CBDZ as well as contribute data to it. This arrangement saves the libraries time, keeps data consistent, and leverages Alma's advanced workflows to increase the libraries' operational efficiency.

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The University of Central Lancashire opts for Ex Libris solutions to enrich learning experience and fulfill new information needs
- 09 Mar 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) will be implementing the Ex Libris Alma® library management service combined with the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to meet the needs and expectations of the library's increasingly digital-native community of users.

The library environment at UCLan has significantly changed over the past decade as the nature of the student population and of scholarly resources has evolved. UCLan therefore decided to acquire a library services platform that manages digital resources, metadata, and licenses in addition to print collections. Together, the Alma and Primo solutions will provide high-quality services to the entire university community—teaching staff, students, and library teams.

Through the seamless workflows between Alma and Primo, UCLan anticipates simplifying the library's processes and increasing its efficiency, thus enabling librarians to address new information and service needs. The library's ability to provide users with a rapid, seamless delivery of resources of all types and to leverage advanced analytics will increase the library's value to the university while enhancing the students' discovery and learning experience.

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University of Limerick goes live with Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 07 Mar 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that after 19 years on a legacy library management system, the University of Limerick is now using the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Primo® discovery and delivery solution. In addition, the university is currently in the implementation stages of the Ex Libris LegantoSM course reading list solution, which is scheduled to go live in the third quarter of 2017.

The university's migration from the Capita Alto library management system to Alma has given Limerick an opportunity to simplify its workflows and lower the costs associated with third-party software.

Established in 1972, the University of Limerick is an independent, internationally focussed university with over 14,000 students and 1,444 staff. It is a young, energetic and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and excellence in research and scholarship. UL is home to the Bernal Institute, an €86 million science and engineering research institute. UL undergraduates benefit from the largest Co-operative Education Program and the largest ERASMUS program in Ireland.

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Arizona Universities Library Consortium opts for Ex Libris Alma, Primo and bX solutions
- 02 Mar 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Arizona Universities Library Consortium (AULC) has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library management service, along with the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery platform and bX® scholarly recommender service, to make scholarly resources more readily available to the consortium's student and faculty users.

The members of the Arizona Universities Library Consortium—Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona—sought a platform that would provide straightforward workflows for print and electronic collections; reduce the time that librarians spend on acquiring, managing, and delivering resources; facilitate collaboration between the library staff of the three universities; and enable patrons to find relevant materials quickly and easily.

Another important factor in the selection process was the Ex Libris track record in academic library consortia and Alma's rich selection of consortial features. The AULC will benefit from the various configuration options in Alma that support the consortium's current and planned business practices without the need for complex workarounds. As a cloud-based platform, Alma will spare AULC librarians the burden of carrying out time-consuming tasks such as installing updates and loading records. The solid architecture and strong security practices of the Alma service will ensure uptime and data protection for all AULC libraries.

The choice of Primo by AULC was due to its high configurability and extensive personalisation features. Paired with the bX recommender service, Primo will help library users discover and access high quality resources.

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Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology goes live with Ex Libris Alma library management service
- 01 Mar 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest Company, has announced that Korea's Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma® library management platform. The Alma service is integrated with the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, which POSTECH has been using for several years.

Ranked as the top university in Korea by the 2016 Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings, POSTECH required a cloud-based, software-as-a-service library platform that would facilitate the acquisition and management of physical and electronic resources and improve the user experience of all stakeholders.

The tight integration of Alma and Primo will increase library efficiency, unify resource management and discovery, and strengthen the library's role in supporting the research of faculty members and students.

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Jisc and OCLC partner to build new UK-wide service that will transform library collaboration
- 06 Feb 2017

Jisc and OCLC have announced a partnership to build a new shared service that will aggregate academic bibliographic data at scale, improving library collection management and resource discovery for students and researchers. Jisc has announced that OCLC, the global library cooperative, has been awarded the contract to develop a new national bibliographic knowledgebase (NBK).

The NBK, originally proposed in the national monograph strategy, will support the learning and research needs of the UK higher education community. The vision is to extend the capabilities of the current Copac service, by investing in technology that can ingest diverse library data at higher speed and greater volume. The new service will enable a shift in the way that libraries manage their print and digital collections and in the ways that people access those resources.

The library community is grappling with two core challenges as budgets come under threat - firstly, the need to make important decisions about the ongoing management of their print and digital book collections; and secondly, to ensure that researchers and learners have sustainable and convenient access to digital books.

The NBK is regarded as a key element in the delivery against these issues, providing a source of information that libraries can confidently rely upon when making decisions about the future of the resources that they manage and make accessible.

Supported by WorldCat, the world's largest aggregation of library data, the project is due to start in January 2017, with launch of a beta service projected in January 2018.

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Latest release of the Summon discovery service to improve research experience and support librarians' decision-making processes
- 25 Jan 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that a new release of the Summon® discovery service will help libraries improve the user experience and will provide usage insights to support libraries' decision-making processes. Patrons will benefit from enhanced search and ranking technologies, exposure to more relevant databases, and greater opportunities for serendipitous discovery as the result of expanded subject headings.

All Summon customers, regardless of whether they use the standard Summon search interface or an API, will immediately benefit from the boosting of subject terms via a new relevance algorithm which improves the results of broad-topic searches while preserving performance for known-item searches. In addition, by leveraging the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), Summon will display more suggestions for expanding query terms. The new Summon release will also offer additional relevant databases in the database recommender. Enhanced exploration will be made available through improved phrase matching within the Topic Explorer feature. Using the Oracle Business Intelligence (OBI) analytics platform, librarians will now be able to conduct query, user, and technical analyses with ease.

Summon customers were a vital part of the development process, contributing ideas and suggestions for improvements. In addition, the ELUNA/IGeLU Summon Product Working Group provided substantial assistance in evaluating relevance-ranking enhancements and establishing a preview environment that enabled customers to test features prior to release.

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Washington and Lee University selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 24 Jan 2017

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, has announced that Washington and Lee University (W&L) has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery platform. The University is the eighth institution in Virginia to adopt both solutions.

Replacing the Innovative Millennium library system, Alma and Primo will increase workflow efficiencies, improve analytics to support collection development and decision making, and allow W&L to leverage the Ex Libris open API environment to provide additional services to the Washington and Lee community.

Washington and Lee's University Library, which consists of an undergraduate library, a science library, and a law library, must accommodate disparate research needs and expectations. W&L chose the Alma and Primo solutions because they support these different needs in ways that other systems do not. In particular, Alma and Primo will provide a unified system for managing electronic resources together with other material types without affecting the discoverability of the libraries' extensive print collections.

A major factor in W&L's decision to adopt Alma and Primo was their software-as-a-service model, which lowers maintenance costs and spares libraries from having to do regular updates and backups. Instead, library staff can focus on their areas of expertise, including electronic resource management, acquisitions, and cataloging.

The selection of Primo will enable the law library to maintain a customized search interface that differs from that of the undergraduate library. The sophisticated yet intuitive Primo search interface will give W&L faculty and students easy access to both print and electronic resources.

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ProQuest enhances discovery of global ‘Calls for Papers’ with Pivot service
- 20 Jan 2017

ProQuest is further simplifying the workflow of researchers by integrating funding and publishing opportunities into one easy-to-use environment through a new addition to its Pivot® service.

The Papers Invited® database, a comprehensive collection of calls for papers issued by professional bodies, journal editors and other conference organisers in all academic disciplines, is now available via Pivot.

Subscribers using the ‘Calls for Papers’ feature can search papers by keywords, event dates, time periods, country, type, conference or periodical. Researchers benefit from seeing what other researchers are doing, in addition to discovering funding opportunities available to them in Pivot.

Pivot enables researchers, faculty and administrators to easily explore new avenues for funding, view funding opportunities uniquely matched to their scholar profile, collaborate with colleagues and manage the results of the process to build a funding strategy that supports immediate and long-term funding needs.

The Papers Invited® database consists of detailed, comprehensive information about calls for papers with deadlines for upcoming conferences and special issues of scholarly journals. These calls for papers are issued by professional bodies, journal editors, and conference organizers in all disciplines and from all over the world.

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Tsinghua University in Beijing selects Ex Libris Alma library management service
- 16 Jan 2017

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, has announced that Tsinghua University in Beijing has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library management service to replace the university's Innovative Millennium integrated library system. Tsinghua University was ranked as the top university in China by QS World University Rankings®.

Tsinghua chose Alma to manage the entire life cycle of library resources, including physical, electronic, and digital collections, helping the library streamline workflows and reduce the cost of maintaining numerous distributed systems. As a longstanding Ex Libris Primo® customer, Tsinghua will benefit from a truly integrated library management, discovery, and delivery system.

Tsinghua University was established in 1911 under the name Tsinghua Xuetang. Since China opened up to the world in 1978, Tsinghua University has developed at a breathtaking pace into a comprehensive research university. At present, the university has 19 schools and 56 departments with faculties in science, engineering, humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, management, education, and art. The University now has over 43,000 students—15,000 undergraduates and 28,000 graduate students. As one of China's most renowned universities, Tsinghua has become a prominent institution that fosters talent and scientific research.

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Universitat Politècnica de València opts for Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 10 Jan 2017

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Universitat Politècnica de València, a customer of Ex Libris Aleph® since 2000, has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® resource management service and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to help the library meet its strategic goals of improving the library's efficiency, modernising services, and transforming physical spaces to enhance the research experience at the University. The migration to Alma and Primo will help the library realise its vision of modernising its services and streamlining workflows.

As part of its modernisation program, the library plans to reorganise its work processes to avoid the duplication of tasks and to improve collection management by consolidating the systems and processes used in various collections. In addition, the library looks forward to saving on costs by moving from locally managed hardware and services to a cloud-based solution.

The Universitat Politècnica de València (Technical University of Valencia) is a Spanish university that is focused on science and technology. The library is an open, modern, efficient institution, committed to the processes of learning, teaching, and research in scientific and technical fields, culture, and social and environmental sustainability. Through a dynamic, highly qualified team of professionals, the library offers a broad, diversified collection of materials, together with a broad range of services providing information, training, document access, research support, and open-source dissemination of the University's scientific and technical product.

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University of Waikato in New Zealand goes live with Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 20 Dec 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of Waikato, in Hamilton, New Zealand, has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution. Alma replaces the university library's Voyager® integrated library system.

Waikato sought a truly cloud-based, software-as-a-service platform that provides streamlined workflows for the acquisition and management of both print and electronic resources. An early adopter of the ProQuest Intota library services platform, Waikato chose the combination of Alma and Primo as the next step in library automation.

Key to Waikato's decision was the desire to put more emphasis on value-added tasks rather than administrative ones. The university was especially impressed with the new Primo interface.

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Beijing Normal University opts for Ex Libris Alma
- 19 Dec 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that Beijing Normal University (BNU) has opted for the Ex Libris Alma® library management service. The University has been using the Ex Libris Aleph® integrated library system since 2000, when it became the first university in China to adopt the system.

BNU chose Alma to provide a unified workflow for BNU's print, electronic, and digital resources. The open architecture of Alma, its rich and expanding collection of APIs, and Alma's cloud-based platform were essential factors in BNU's decision.

According to Professor Zhang Qiwei, library director of BNU, it is crucial for BNU to integrate its currently diverse library systems to be able to manage all their collections—print, electronic, and digital—within a single system. It is expected that the Alma usage data and analytics will make decision-making process more effective.

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Harvard Library selects Ex Libris Alma to unify library management across 70 Harvard Library units
- 16 Dec 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that Harvard Library has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library management service as part of the Library's strategy to support research, teaching, and learning.

Harvard University is the second Ivy League school and the 33rd member of the Association of Research Libraries® (ARL) to opt for the Alma solution. The largest academic library in the world, Harvard Library is a key partner for scholars and students in their intellectual and academic endeavours.

With its unified resource management capabilities, advanced workflows, robust infrastructure, and cloud-based platform, the Alma solution will assist the Harvard Library in achieving its goal of actively managing print and online collections within a single framework throughout the entire library network.

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South Dakota Board of Regents selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo Solutions
- 09 Dec 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the South Dakota Board of Regents has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and the Primo® discovery and delivery platform for use across South Dakota's higher education system. The Board of Regents selected these solutions to cover all areas of library management, with a particular focus on handling electronic resources.

The Alma service will enrich member libraries with collaborative capabilities that, in addition to providing a communal platform and resource-sharing, enable each library to retain its institutional preferences and policies. In addition, the cloud-based platform will eliminate the overhead and costs of on-premises system administration. These benefits, combined with institutional workflow efficiencies, will help the South Dakota libraries overcome budget pressures they are facing.

The South Dakota Board of Regents governs an education system made up of six public universities, two K-12 schools serving the deaf and the visually impaired respectively, and three additional public higher education centers. Nearly 34,000 students are enrolled in the system's credit-based courses each year, with about 5,000 graduating annually.

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ACT Health selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo for Canberra Hospital Library
- 07 Dec 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that ACT Health, the body responsible for health services in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), has chosen to implement the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution at the Canberra Hospital library to provide medical information for doctors, nurses, and allied health clinicians. These solutions will replace the library's Innovative Interfaces Millennium integrated library system (ILS).

ACT Health chose the Alma and Primo solutions primarily for their cloud-based platform and customizable design. The service and support reputation of Ex Libris also played a major role in the decision.

Canberra Hospital, in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), is the main hospital of ACT Health, providing a comprehensive range of services, such as acute inpatient and day services, outpatient services, and pathology services. Community-based care is provided from various venues across the ACT, as well as in people's homes.

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Italy’s University of Bergamo selects Ex Libris Alma to help deliver modern, innovative library services
- 29 Nov 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that Italy's University of Bergamo has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library management service to help the University Library meet its strategy of developing innovative services that will enhance the teaching, learning, and research experience at the University.

The library team at Bergamo will take advantage of Alma to create workflows that are based on best practices. Taking into account local resources and policies, the team will standardize processes and collaborate with all members of the library staff, thus expanding competencies and increasing job satisfaction.

Alma will be integrated with the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, which will provide access to a vast quantity of bibliographic and e-resource data. A shared catalogue in the community zone will foster collaboration with local, national, and international partners. In addition, the advanced analytics built into Alma will facilitate decision making and empower library staff to solve problems more rapidly.

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University of Haifa goes live with Ex Libris Alma
- 28 Nov 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of Haifa's Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library is the first university library in Israel to go live with the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform. Alma replaced the Aleph® integrated library system and is integrated with the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution.

The Haifa University Library is known as an innovator among Israeli libraries. The Library is a long time Aleph user, and so it was a natural step for the University to move to Alma to automate and streamline the library's operations for print, electronic, and digital materials. As a cloud-based solution, Alma reduces overhead and enables the University of Haifa staff to direct their resources toward supporting users in learning, research, and teaching.

The University of Haifa's Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library has a worldwide reputation as a leading library in Israel and is known for the quality of its collections, technologies, service, and outstanding professional staff.

The University of Haifa Library, which houses over two million items, offers its varied audiences a wide range of library resources: an extensive, growing collection of printed materials and digital assets (electronic databases, electronic journals, and digital images), supported by advanced storage and retrieval technology; and reference and instructional services.

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Eastern Michigan University Library becomes first institution to integrate Alma and Summon
- 18 Nov 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that Eastern Michigan University (EMU) is adopting the Ex Libris Alma® library management service to replace the university library's Voyager® integrated library system, which EMU has been using for nearly 20 years.

EMU, which runs the ProQuest Summon® discovery service, will be the first institution to integrate Summon and Alma. In addition, having collaborated with ProQuest as an Intota development partner, EMU will continue to advise Ex Libris on the incorporation of Intota features into the Alma service.

With Alma, the EMU Library is looking forward to managing all its resources—physical, digital, and electronic—in a truly unified manner. Improved workflows will include a single process for activating new e-resources and setting them up for linking, discovery, and management.

According to Eric Hines, president of Ex Libris North America, the integration of Summon and Alma offers libraries a greater choice of discovery services. The use of Summon, coupled with Alma, will greatly enhance the current discovery capabilities, leading to a much better patron experience.

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Jönköping University Library selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo to help fulfill strategic plan
- 26 Oct 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that Sweden's Jönköping University has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to help the library improve services and create new ones that will enhance the teaching, learning and research experience at the University.

The library team at Jönköping University will take advantage of the advanced e-resource management functionality of Alma and Primo to eliminate the spreadsheets that are currently in use. With the help of the Alma and Primo APIs, the team will also develop local customisations and new services.

One of three independent institutions of higher education in Sweden offering postgraduate programs, Jönköping University has an enrolment of some 10,000 students and 725 employees at four schools. The university library is the most important information resource for scientific research and higher education at the University and, as a public library, is an important resource in the university's interaction and cooperation with the surrounding society.

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Swedish Library Consortium selects Ex Libris Alma library management platform and Primo discovery solution
- 24 Oct 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Swedish Library Consortium (GSLG) has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library management platform and Primo® discovery solution. Consortium members Linnaeus University, the University of Borås and Örebro University will benefit from the openness of the Alma and Primo solutions to streamline resource management workflows, improve discoverability and enhance the teaching and learning experience.

The three universities currently have separate systems and processes for managing and discovering electronic and print resources, and consequently, staff and users cannot readily view information for all collections. In addition, the lack of integration between their library system and components of the discovery interface complicates the workflows for e-resources and print materials.

The members of the consortium will use Alma and Primo to streamline workflows for all resources and to support the resources' entire life cycle, from acquisition through access, licensing, and administration to support, discovery, and evaluation.

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CQUniversity selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo to manage and deliver print, electronic, and digital resources
- 10 Oct 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that Central Queensland University (CQUniversity) has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library management platform and Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to support library services at the more than 20 university locations, which serve over 35,000 students. The solutions will replace Virtua from Innovative and EBSCO Discovery Service.

CQUniversity reached its decision following a comprehensive selection process during which everything from product functionality and development road maps to user communities and ROI were examined. CQUniversity sought a cloud-based system that delivered a streamlined user interface, flexible APIs, and support for e resource management.

CQUniversity is Australia’s largest regional university, with over 35,000 students, more than 20 locations, and over 300 technical and further education (TAFE) and university programs. CQUniversity offers flexible study options, practical learning experiences, and pathway options to enable further education.

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Professionshøjskolen Metropol and University College Capital to streamline unified resource management with Ex Libris Alma
- 06 Oct 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that two schools in Copenhagen—Professionshøjskolen Metropol (Metropolitan University College) and University College Capital (UCC)—will be the first Danish universities to implement the Ex Libris Alma® library management platform.

Both UCC and Metropol will also be taking advantage of the statistical information provided by Alma and Primo to help the colleges optimise collections, improve their users' search experience and demonstrate the value of the libraries' contribution to teaching and learning. UCC and Metropol are also looking forward to the possibility of collaborating with other libraries in Copenhagen and across Denmark.

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London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine selects Ex Libris Alma library management platform to enhance library services
- 29 Sep 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has opted to implement the Ex Libris Alma® library management platform and combine it with the library's Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution. The School joins a growing global community of Ex Libris customers that are now able to optimise library processes and integrate them with other institutional systems to expand library support for teaching, learning, and research.

The library team will be taking advantage of the move to Alma to streamline workflows and eliminate the large number of spreadsheets that are currently used to manage e-resources. Alma will also enable the library to generate reports quickly and easily and facilitate the management of the School's comprehensive collections in public and global health.

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading center for research and postgraduate education in public and global health, with more than 4,000 students and 1,000 staff working in over 100 countries. The School is one of the highest-rated research institutions in the UK, and among the world's leading schools in public and global health.

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Simon Fraser University selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 20 Sep 2016

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris® Group has announced that Simon Fraser University (SFU), located in British Columbia, Canada, has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and Primo® discovery and delivery platform. These solutions will replace SFU's Millennium system from Innovative, which has been in place for over 20 years, and will enable the library to introduce more efficient workflows.

Simon Fraser University reached its decision following a rigorous evaluation process in which strict requirements were defined and several solutions compared. Alma and Primo were selected on the basis of numerous technical and collaborative features. SFU Library sought a system that uses the latest technology, is available on a cloud-based, software-as-a-service platform, and provides robust points of integration to facilitate interoperability with university solutions and area partners.

In choosing Alma and Primo, SFU saw an opportunity to optimise its core processes, as well as to extend its outreach and collaboration with various internal and external partners.

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University of Mary Washington goes live with Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 08 Sep 2016

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the University of Mary Washington (UMW) has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution.

In 2015, after using various VTLS library solutions, including Virtua, for more than 30 years, the University of Mary Washington Libraries embarked on a process to evaluate next-generation solutions. The Libraries’ main goal was to implement a robust, cloud-based system that would include workflows for handling the various material types, both print and electronic, and thus enable the UMW Libraries to optimally manage their collections and meet users’ expectations of a first-class library experience.

UMW libraries had opted to be ProQuest Intota development partners, and with the acquisition of Ex Libris by ProQuest, the UMW libraries decided that the best way forward would be to adopt both Alma and Primo. The implementation took place during the spring of 2016, and UMW is now live with the two solutions. UMW is the first of the Intota development partners to implement the Alma service for unified resource management.

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Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec adds 2.4 million bibliographic records to WorldCat
- 16 Aug 2016

Global library co-operative OCLC has announced that the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) has contributed 2.4 million records to WorldCat, the world's most comprehensive network of data about library collections. The contribution, which includes 800,000 new records, will make BAnQ's valuable collections more visible and accessible to researchers worldwide.

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, the national library, national archives and central library of a major metropolitan city, brings together, preserves and promotes materials from or related to Québec.

As a cultural hub, BAnQ strives to expand access to knowledge in 12 facilities open to the public across Québec: the Grande Bibliothèque, a preservation facility and 10 archives facilities. Located in the heart of Montréal, the Grande Bibliothèque offers open and free access to its heritage collections' materials and to its universal circulating collection. Over 5 million items circulate from this unique collection in French and other languages, which includes books, CDs, DVDs and e-books.

WorldCat claims to be the world's most comprehensive database of information about library collections. Libraries cooperatively contribute, enhance and share bibliographic data through WorldCat, connecting people to cultural and scholarly resources in libraries worldwide.

WorldCat brings together information about collection items, electronic resources and the libraries that make them available. On average, a bibliographic record is added to WorldCat every second.

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Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali becomes first library in Colombia to use OCLC WorldCat Discovery
- 15 Aug 2016

Global library co-operative OCLC has announced that the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali, recognised for its high quality education by the National Accreditation Agency and Ministry of National Education, has become the first library in Colombia to use OCLC WorldCat Discovery services.

WorldCat Discovery helps people find and get resources from their local library and libraries worldwide through a single search of WorldCat and thousands of e-content collections.

Through WorldCat Discovery, users can locate the resources they need in libraries' electronic, digital and physical collections, including materials from major publishers and content partners around the world. Once searchers identify the items they need, WorldCat Discovery helps them get those items in their local library, via direct links to online full text, loans from other libraries or purchases from content providers.

PUJC decided to brand its instance of WorldCat Discovery to be called ‘Aquarium,’ because, according to the university, it represents an opportunity to see into an ecosystem where different entities interact.

WorldCat Discovery also makes library collections visible on websites where people typically start their research. ‘Find in a Library’ links on more than 50 popular websites direct users to WorldCat.org, where searchers can click through to library websites. A mobile-ready interface that adapts automatically to user devices makes resources available wherever and whenever users want them.

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Thomas Jefferson University selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions for its academic and hospital libraries
- 04 Aug 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that Thomas Jefferson University has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® and Primo® solutions for the libraries serving the university's colleges and health centers. Alma will be instrumental in managing Thomas Jefferson's collection of electronic, print, and non-traditional physical materials, while Primo will make these collections accessible from a single search interface.

Thomas Jefferson sought a centralised, cloud-based solution that would enable the university to manage all resources in one system, thus eliminating silos of library systems that did not communicate well with each other. Thomas Jefferson also needed a scalable management system that would enable the growth of the university’s collections and scholarly output in the future.

According to Eric Hines, president of Ex Libris North America, by unifying library processes at centers of medical learning, Alma and Primo contribute significantly to the flow of medical knowledge between the various stakeholders.

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Australia’s State Library of New South Wales selects Ex Libris solutions
- 27 Jul 2016

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, has announced that the State Library of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma library management service, Primo discovery and delivery, and Rosetta digital asset management and preservation. With these three solutions, the library now offers its large user community a world-class discovery experience.

Through the integration of Alma, Primo, and Rosetta with the State Library's Axiell Adlib software, the library is able, for the first time, to consolidate all of its published content and original, digitised, and online materials, thus bringing to fruition a key element of the library's Digital Excellence Program.

Any user can now search across the State Library's rich collections of books, journals, and primary materials, including ephemera, large photographic and art collections, historic objects, maps, and manuscripts, within a single interface. The experience will be further enriched as more materials are migrated to the new platform, such as the recently digitised oral history collection.

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CU Anschutz selects Ex Libris solutions for cloud-based management of its Health Sciences Library
- 13 Jul 2016

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and Primo® discovery and delivery solution to manage and provide access to the Health Sciences Library's large collection of electronic and physical materials. The library will be migrating from Innovative Millennium.

Key to the university's choice was the cloud-based, multitenant nature of the Alma service as well as improvements in the management and discovery of electronic and physical resources enabled by the combination of Alma and Primo. The Health Sciences Library will benefit from reports that help librarians analyse collections and manage them with greater efficiency. In addition, the rich Alma interfaces and APIs will facilitate the solution's integration with third-party systems and will enable the library to expand its services.

According to Melissa De Santis, director of the CU Anschutz Health Sciences Library, the cloud-based solution will eliminate daily manual operations on local systems and thus free up library IT staffers for other tasks. Alma's support of numerous open standards, 'push' notifications that display librarians' task lists, user-friendly reports, and the Alma Metadata Editor, which will streamline cataloguing, are equally important to the Library. The patron-driven acquisition (PDA) process and integrated discovery of both physical and electronic items, provided by Primo, will help the Library better meet the needs of faculty and students.

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Washington Research Library Consortium selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 28 Jun 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), based in the Washington, DC area, has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and Primo® discovery and delivery solution to help fulfill the consortium's priorities of coordinating collections across all partner institutions (including its high-density Shared Collections Facility) and presenting end-users with a unified view of WRLC's shared collection.

WRLC chose Alma and Primo for their scalability, openness to other systems, rich functionality, and cost-effectiveness. The consortium of nine academic libraries will be migrating from Voyager® and Innovative Interfaces Sierra to the new solutions.

The Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) enables the success of learning and scholarship by creating coordinated collections, creating a robust infrastructure for discovery and access, ensuring the long-term preservation of physical and digital information resources, and sharing expertise. WRLC's nine partner universities are American University, the Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, the George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Marymount University, and the University of the District of Columbia.

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Stellenbosch University selects Ex Libris Alma for optimising library services
- 09 Jun 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that South Africa's Stellenbosch University (SU) has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® resource management service to complement the library's Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution. This investment will help the university control costs and maintain its ranking as one of the three leading research-intensive academic institutions in Africa.

The SU Library and Information Service has set a strategy based on the principles of collaboration and access to global information resources. To manage its large and growing print and electronic resource collection and fulfill users' expectations, SU understood that its current library systems needed to be updated.

Alma and Primo are ideally suited to support this strategy through their open, collaborative-oriented system architecture. In light of the Ex Libris reputation for releasing products after conducting thorough research and development and working closely with top academic institutions, the university opted for Alma, the most mature library services platform on the market.

Since 2000, Stellenbosch University has been using the Ex Libris Aleph® integrated library system shared with the regional Cape Library Consortium (CALICO). Subsequently, SU added the Ex Libris SFX® OpenURL link resolver and bX® recommender service.

The move to Alma will enable SU to unify its resource management, including license management, and to gain efficiencies through the workflow support that a modern task-oriented platform offers. Additionally, Ex Libris industry-standard APIs will facilitate the integration of Alma within the larger campus information and communications technology (ICT) ecosystem, while the migration to a cloud system will reduce the demand on local system administrators.

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Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee selects Alma and Primo to build collections and deliver innovative services
- 07 Jun 2016

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC) has selected the Ex Libris Alma resource management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution. The Hong Kong consortium of eight academic libraries will use Alma and Primo solutions to enable a shared library services platform (rather than an individual ILS deployment) that will align with JULAC's stated strategy of deep collaboration.

JULAC is the premier body for deep collaboration related to scholarly information resources and services in Hong Kong academia. Through its collaborative efforts, JULAC creates an environment where scholarly resources are collected, managed, and shared. The consortium's delivery of innovative services enhances the academic endeavours of the eight higher education institutions funded by the University Grants Committee (UGC) of the Hong Kong SAR Government. Member libraries are the Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, the Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Lingnan University, and the University of Hong Kong.

Replacing eight stand-alone systems, JULAC expects Alma to exceed traditional ILS capabilities in managing, building, and sharing the combined collections of JULAC libraries, and with Primo, looks forward to the improvement of the research experience for the students, researchers, and faculty members of JULAC institutions.

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NHS Education for Scotland selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo as platform for the Knowledge Network
- 03 Jun 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that NHS Education for Scotland has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and Primo® discovery and delivery solution as the infrastructure to combine NHS Scotland's print and electronic resources through the organisation's popular and well used Knowledge Network. NHS Education chose Alma and Primo after considering several options for replacing its legacy library management and discovery products.

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is an education and training body and a special health board within NHS Scotland with the responsibility of developing and delivering education and training to the healthcare workforce in Scotland. NES has a Scotland-wide role in undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing professional development and maintains a local perspective through centers in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, and Inverness.

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Consortium of Academic and Special Libraries of Saskatchewan selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions
- 26 May 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Consortium of Academic and Special Libraries of Saskatchewan (CASLS) has selected the Ex Libris Alma® resource management service and Primo® discovery and delivery solution to create a unified resource management and discovery environment that offers comprehensive and convenient access to library materials. Alma and Primo will replace Voyager and SirsiDynix Symphony.

Aligning with the CASLS values of cooperation, diversity, and flexibility, Alma and Primo will provide the benefits of consortial collaboration while enabling members to create separate policies and configurations within their respective institutional environments. The system will unify the management of all the resources that each library in the consortium owns and will make them available to end users for discovery and delivery.

According to Carol MacDonald, the head of systems development and implementation at the University of Regina, the Ex Libris Alma‑Primo combination will serve the CASLS libraries well into the future, with the integration of the system’s workflows in a single interface and plans for new integrations and cooperative initiatives that will now be enabled for CASLS members.

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University of Deusto Library becomes the first in Spain to select Ex Libris Alma
- 19 May 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of Deusto will be replacing its AMICUS library management system with Ex Libris Alma® and will migrate from an on-premises discovery system to a SaaS implementation of the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution. Students, instructors, researchers, and library staff will all benefit from the Alma-Primo combination.

Additional factors in the library's decision to adopt the Alma and Primo combination include the Ex Libris vendor-neutral approach to content, the close integration of Primo and Alma, and the rich analytics that Alma provides. Alma analytics will help the library save on costs and ensure that acquisitions are both optimal and timely.

Founded in 1886, the University of Deusto is the oldest private university in Spain. A Jesuit institution, Deusto has an enrollment of over 10,000 students on its Bilbao and San Sebastián campuses and in the Deusto Business School in Madrid. The six faculties and schools—plus an associated teacher training college—are supported by the library, which resides in a building in Campus Bilbao.

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University of Cambridge selects Ex Libris’ Alma and Primo
- 28 Apr 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of Cambridge has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® resource management service and Primo® discovery and delivery solution to help modernise library management and improve the search experience for students, instructors, and researchers.

The University of Cambridge has been using the Ex Libris Voyager® integrated library system for over 13 years and the ProQuest® AquaBrowser® and Summon® discovery systems for the past six years. With the constant growth of the libraries’ digital content and the increasing complexity of library materials, the University now needs a system to manage the full range of resources and library services across the more than 100 Cambridge libraries. The University also wants to provide a single interface for all content to simplify the search process and better serve library users well into the future.

As a cloud-based library management system, Alma will free library resources that previously went into the management of technology and enable them to refocus on new services. With Alma, library staff will also be able to collaborate easily with colleagues throughout the University.

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Keystone Library Network selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo Solutions
- 26 Apr 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that the Keystone Library Network (KLN) has selected the Ex Libris Alma® resource management service and Primo® discovery and delivery solution. The Pennsylvania-based consortium of 18 academic and research libraries will be upgrading from the Ex Libris Voyager® integrated library system to the cloud-based, multitenant environment of Alma and the completely redesigned Primo user interface.

In an effort to further unify the libraries within the consortium, the Keystone Library Network sought a shared-services platform and sophisticated analytics that could benefit all members. With all of the open APIs that Ex Libris has made available, KLN will be able to quickly move to a seamless platform and enjoy a consistent look and feel when managing every workflow in the library.

The Keystone Library Network is a consortium of 18 academic and research libraries, with headquarters at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Office of the Chancellor in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. KLN takes pride in constantly developing new solutions to address the ever-changing world of library services in a high-availability environment.

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ProQuest's Pivot automatic citation ingest from ORCID makes its funding recommendation engine more powerful
- 18 Apr 2016

ProQuest is enabling automated updates from ORCID to scholar profiles in its popular Pivot® research solution. Now, citations added or updated in a scholar's ORCID profile will cascade near real time and seamlessly into their Pivot profile.

Locating funding opportunities is an arduous task and securing research funding is becoming increasingly competitive, as funding opportunities are limited and the number of researchers vying for those opportunities continues to grow. Pivot uses researchers' profile information in its recommendation engine, matching grants and collaborators to researchers. Integration of the updated publication information helps Pivot learn more about the scholar's research area, improving the recommendation for funding sources and collaborators. This latest enhancement to Pivot eliminates the need for scholars to key citations in their Pivot profile, freeing them to spend more time evaluating opportunities.

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier (ORCID iDs) for researchers that distinguishes researchers and ensures their work is recognised. Researchers can use these ORCID iDs to connect to contributions and affiliations during their regular activities, including submission of manuscripts, dissertations, or datasets; grant applications; and in student or employee directory and profile systems.

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Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries names Ex Libris Alma as top-ranked library management platform
- 06 Apr 2016

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, has announced that SCURL (the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries) and APUC (Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges) have selected the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and Primo® discovery and delivery platform as the top-ranked solutions for Scottish higher and further education libraries.

After an extensive evaluation process, which included comprehensive live demonstrations and detailed product comparisons, SCURL selected Ex Libris as the top-ranked provider and Ex Libris products as the solutions of choice for next-generation libraries.

The first two institutions to take advantage of the APUC framework contract with Ex Libris are Heriot-Watt University (HWU) and Abertay University.

SCURL comprises the Scottish university and higher and further education libraries, the two major public reference libraries in Glasgow and Edinburgh, the National Library of Scotland, National Museums Scotland, the Open University, and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. It aims to improve services for users and maximise resources through collaborative action; to work with other organisations, sectors, and domains toward the creation of a cooperative library infrastructure in Scotland; to lobby funding and planning bodies on matters of shared interest; and to provide mutual support for members.

APUC (Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges) Limited is the procurement centre of expertise for, and owned by, all of Scotland's universities and colleges.

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Colorado State University selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo solutions
- 01 Apr 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced that Colorado State University (CSU) has selected the Ex Libris Alma® resource management solution and the Primo® discovery and delivery solution, also from Ex Libris. A member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), CSU will be migrating from Innovative Interfaces Millennium and the VuFind library resource portal.

With electronic resources making up a significant portion of its library collections, Colorado State University was in search of a modern system designed to manage more than just print materials. Flexibility, interoperability, and workflow efficiency were major factors in the decision-making process. CSU also required an extremely intuitive, web-scale discovery interface that would facilitate research by faculty members and students.

The Alma‑Primo combination will serve to efficiently manage CSU's current collections and the complex operations of the library. Enabling libraries to deliver electronic content in a modern, up-to-date manner, these Ex Libris solutions will make it easier for staff to meet the high demand for library services.

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Australia’s University of New England goes live with Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 18 Mar 2016

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, has announced that the University of New England (UNE), in New South Wales, Australia, has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma library management service and the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Alma replaces the Innovative Interfaces Virtua integrated library system.

The UNE library sought a system that would manage print and electronic resources efficiently, eliminate functional silos, enable staff to create automated workflows, and provide robust analytic tools that would help the staff maximise the potential of the library's collections. In addition, the library wanted a truly cloud-based SaaS platform that could reduce the total cost of ownership of the physical and technical infrastructure, support the requirements of a twenty-first century library, and facilitate the discovery of, and access to, library resources and services by online and on-campus students. UNE found that Alma delivers just what the library requires: a unified management system for electronic, print, and digital resources, along with the Alma Analytics reporting capabilities—all provided as a seamless, cloud-based service.

In addition, UNE are now able to realise the potential of Primo's seamless interoperability with Alma, its real-time availability of holdings and item records, flexible back office, refreshed and intuitive new user interface, and more.

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Ex Libris Alma and Primo now live at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa
- 10 Mar 2016

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, has announced that Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (SNS Pisa) is live with the Alma® library management service and Primo® discovery and delivery solution. SNS di Pisa will benefit from the recently added support in Alma for the UNIMARC cataloguing format.

Scuola Normale Superiore is moving to cloud computing solutions for its services. In addition, one of its key goals is to encourage the shift from printed to electronic resources. Alma and Primo are ideally suited to help SNS Pisa make this transition. Together these solutions will enable streamline operations, resulting in more efficient workflows.

Ex Libris is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for higher education. Offering SaaS solutions for the management and discovery of the full spectrum of library and scholarly materials, as well as mobile campus solutions driving student engagement and success, Ex Libris serves thousands of customers in 90 countries.

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Southern Adventist University selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 18 Feb 2016

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, has announced that Southern Adventist University (SAU) in Tennessee has selected the Ex Libris® Alma® resource management solution and the Primo® discovery and delivery solution, replacing their previous EBSCO Discovery Service system.

Having run the Ex Libris Aleph integrated library system for over ten years, SAU was keen to remain with the high quality technical and customer service standards of Ex Libris, while moving to a cloud-based platform. Adopting Alma and Primo will enable the university to manage library operations across all materials and collections via a single solution, totally integrated with a discovery interface that exposes the university's full wealth of collections.

Based in Collegedale, Tennessee, Southern Adventist University is a co-education institution established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, offering doctoral, master's, baccalaureate, and associate degrees, and one-year certificates.

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The DALNET Consortium opts for Ex Libris Alma and Primo to streamline workflows and create opportunities for deeper collaboration
- 16 Feb 2016

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, has announced that the DALNET consortium in Michigan has selected the Ex Libris® Alma® resource management solution and the Primo® discovery and delivery solution.

The DALNET consortium and its member libraries chose Ex Libris Alma and Primo to fully incorporate discovery, access, and management for all library materials in print and electronic formats. Primo and Alma will meet the needs of a complex consortium, while also enabling member libraries to create separate profiles and configurations within the system. With its diverse member libraries, comprising research centers, special libraries, and colleges, users of DALNET resources include students, researchers, curators, physicians, medical personnel, and administrators. Primo will enable the wide community of users to discover all of the consortium's rich resources.

Of the commercial systems evaluated, Alma and Primo best met the consortium's primary requirements: a cloud-based unified platform that manages library services for all formats and resource types; a separate search interface for each participating library enabling discovery of print, media, electronic and digital materials; a robust yet easy-to-use system including consolidated, refined, and less repetitive workflows; and flexibility for each participating institution to comply with local policies and the needs of their parent institutions.

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Ex Libris Alma and Primo now live at the University of Udine
- 15 Feb 2016

Ex Libris® Group, a global provider of cloud based solutions for higher education, has announced that the University of Udine is live with the Alma® library management service and Primo® discovery and delivery solution. Udine has become one of the first universities to benefit from Alma's recently added support for the UNIMARC cataloguing format.

The University of Udine was founded in 1978 as part of the reconstruction plan of Friuli after the earthquake in 1976. The University provides more than 17,000 students with degree programmes in sciences, medicine and the arts; humanities, law and languages and communications. The University is actively involved in many research projects at national and international level and in student and staff exchange projects with universities within the EU and with several universities from Eastern Europe and other non-EU countries.

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for higher education. Offering SaaS solutions for the management and discovery of the full spectrum of library and scholarly materials, as well as mobile campus solutions driving student engagement and success, Ex Libris serves over 5,600 customers in 90 countries. 43 of the top 50 universities worldwide and over 40 national libraries deploy Ex Libris solutions to create a unified platform for both the management and discovery of library resources.

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University of Queensland selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo for resource management and discovery
- 22 Jan 2016

Ex Libris, a ProQuest® company, has announced that The University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, Australia, has selected the Ex Libris® Alma® resource management solution and the Primo® discovery solution, replacing the University's previous Innovative Interfaces library system.

UQ Library evaluated a number of different products before selecting Alma and Primo. A combination of the solutions' powerful functionality and their well-defined roadmap plans made them the leading choice.

The University of Queensland has made significant contributions to Queensland, Australia and the world. UQ consistently sits well inside the world's top 100 in all main university rankings tables; two of those currently rank UQ in the world's top 50. UQ is committed to excellence of learning experiences and outcomes. This is one of many reasons UQ is the preferred university of the majority of Queensland's most able and highly qualified students. The 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia assessment ranked all UQ's research at world standard or above.

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ACI Scholarly Blog Index added to OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services
- 12 Jan 2016

ACI Information Group's research database, the ACI Scholarly Blog Index, is now accessible to global audiences through OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services. WorldCat is the largest network of library information in the world. With more than two billion electronic, digital, and physical resources in libraries, WorldCat makes library collections visible to people who need them.

OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative that provides technology services, original research, and community programs to support libraries. OCLC and its member libraries produce and maintain WorldCat.

Librarians around the world trust WorldCat to deliver the content and search features users need. Every day, users search WorldCat for resources held in academic, research, public, and corporate/special libraries around the world.

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Ex Libris cloud solutions to power four libraries in the UC Davis library system
- 07 Jan 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company®, has acquired the Ex Libris Alma® resource management solution and the Primo® discovery solution.

Having run the Aleph® integrated library system for over ten years, UC Davis was keen to upgrade to a next-generation resource management solution that could streamline operations and enable improved connections to its many resources. As one of the top ten public research universities in the United States and a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the UC Davis Library sought a solution that would serve students, graduates, and faculty with sophisticated research needs.

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is a major public research university and one of the 10 campuses of the University of California system. Located in Davis, California, it is the largest UC campus in terms of land ownership. UC Davis also has the third-largest enrollment in the UC System after UCLA and UC Berkeley. 33,000 students and almost 2,000 faculty members access the Libraries' 10 million electronic, print and digital resources.

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Tennessee Tech and Community Colleges opt for Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 06 Jan 2016

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest® company, has announced that Tennessee Tech University and four affiliated community colleges—Motlow State, Pellissippi State, Roane State, and Volunteer State Community Colleges—have selected the Ex Libris Primo® discovery solution and Alma® resource management solution. These solutions will replace multiple systems, including Innovative Interfaces' Millennium.

The consortium evaluated several products and concluded that Alma was the most advanced resource management solution available. High on the libraries' agenda was the ability to administer the library system on the consortium level while also meeting the differing needs of the individual institutions. They also sought a solution that provided integrated resource management and resource discovery, creating a seamless experience for librarians and users.

A further factor in their decision was the ability to integrate with external systems used by the libraries, such as the Copyright Clearance Center's Get it Now service.

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College of William & Mary becomes tenth member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries to select Ex Libris cloud solutions
- 05 Jan 2016

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company®, has announced that the College of William & Mary in Virginia has adopted the Ex Libris Alma® resource management solution and the Primo® discovery solution. Alma will replace the College's existing SirsiDynix library system.

William & Mary College chose Alma and Primo following an evaluation of other commercial solutions. A member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the college required a solution that would enable students and faculty to enjoy easy access to its wealth of scholarly resources.

According to Eric Hines, president of Ex Libris North America, Primo will enable this historic institution to expose and make accessible its rich and extensive collections, while Alma will help the University Library strengthen its ties with partners in Virginia who are already using Alma to help accomplish their parent institutions' strategic goals.

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Old Dominion University selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 30 Dec 2015

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest® company, has announced that Old Dominion University (ODU) in Virginia has decided to adopt the Ex Libris Alma® resource management solution and the Primo® discovery solution, which will replace the university's Innovative Interfaces Sierra Library Services Platform and EBSCO Discovery Service™.

With the improvement in technologies and the emergence of innovative approaches in higher education, ODU found that its libraries could not handle new kinds of tasks and were thus failing to meet the needs of the university community. Designed around the management of print materials, the libraries' software was not suited to the management of electronic resources, which constitute an increasing percentage of the resources purchased by the university.

At the same time, ODU sought a discovery system that would enable students and faculty to search all of the university's collections from a single interface. The sophisticated Primo search and ranking technology, intuitive browsing options, and support for serendipitous discovery will enable users to easily find and seamlessly access the resources they need.

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Cantonal and University Library of Lausanne selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo for a Canton-wide Network
- 03 Dec 2015

Ex Libris® Group, a global provider of cloud‑based solutions for higher education, has announced that the Cantonal and University Library of Lausanne (Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire – BCU Lausanne) has chosen the Alma® library management service and Primo® unified resource discovery and delivery solution to create a dynamic library network covering the whole canton of Vaud. Alma will replace BCU Lausanne’s existing VTLS Virtua library system.

BCU Lausanne is the first member of the Library Network of Western Switzerland (RERO) to move from VTLS Virtua to Ex Libris Alma.

The library for the university and canton of Vaud provides services to students, researchers, academics and the general public from five sites in the canton of Vaud, Switzerland. It has more than 150 employees, provides access to over 7.8 million print, electronic, digital and digitised resources and manages a large number of special collections. The library is also responsible for the canton’s cultural collections and is a legal deposit institution.

The RenouVaud Project will see the BCU Lausanne act as service provider to all academic and public libraries across the entire canton of Vaud and provide unified discovery and management of print, electronic and digital materials to their users.

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National Library of New Zealand selects Ex Libris Cloud solutions
- 01 Dec 2015

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris® Group has announced that the National Library of New Zealand has adopted the Ex Libris Alma® resource management solution and the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution, with its Primo Central index of scholarly e-resources. As a result the National Library will deploy a fully integrated platform to manage and expose its vast collections of electronic, print, and digital resources.

Primo will also be integrated with the National Library's installation of the Ex Libris Rosetta digital asset management and preservation system, enabling future generations to access the rich digital heritage of New Zealand.

As development partners for Rosetta, NLNZ has been a close collaborator with Ex Libris The Library sought to replace its existing Voyager integrated library system with a cloud based, comprehensive platform that would consolidate operations for all library collections and at the same time reduce the technical burden on library staff—enabling them to devote more resources to support users.

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Ex Libris Alma and Primo go live in operation at the Dresden University of Applied Sciences
- 13 Nov 2015

Ex Libris® Group, a global provider of cloud‑based solutions for higher education, has announced that the Ex Libris Alma® library management service is live in operation at Dresden University of Applied Sciences (HTW Dresden). HTW Dresden joins hundreds of institutions worldwide that are using Alma to deliver cloud-based, unified library services.

Alma was selected by the library to improve management of all types of resources under a unified, user-friendly interface and to make them immediately searchable via the new Primo® discovery and delivery solution. The HTW Dresden is the second university library in Germany to go live with Alma, following HTWK Leipzig.

Dresden University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1992 and consists of eight faculties, with approximately 170 professors and more than 5,000 students. Engineering, economics, design, and "green" disciplines constitute the four pillars on which more than 40 forward-looking diploma, bachelors, and masters degree programs are based. The library is one of the University's central institutions. It is not only a scientific library for studying, teaching, and research but is also available to the people of Saxony for their general and professional education. User-friendliness is the main focus of the library.

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Williams College Libraries select Ex Libris cloud solutions to deliver unified resource management and discovery
- 30 Oct 2015

Library automation and preservation solutions provider Ex Libris® Group has announced that Williams College Libraries has selected Ex Libris Alma® for resource management and Ex Libris Primo® for resource discovery and delivery. The Libraries will be replacing its Innovative Interfaces Millennium integrated library system and adopting its first discovery solution.

A member of the Boston Library Consortium, Williams College joins fellow members Boston University, Boston College, University of Connecticut, and others by adopting the Alma and Primo solutions. Alma will enable the Library to manage and deliver a single, cloud-based platform for all its information resources, regardless of format or location. Users will use Primo to readily discover and seamlessly access resources without searching separate systems for different collections or types of information.

According to Eric Hines, president of Ex Libris North America, Williams' selection of Primo as their first discovery solution will ensure that patrons can more easily access these valuable collections, while Alma will offer actionable intelligence allowing the library to create demand-driven collection development, further optimising the resources available to patrons.

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Australia’s University of New England selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 27 Oct 2015

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the University of New England (UNE) in Australia has selected the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution and the Ex Libris Alma® unified resource management service to replace a number of library systems, including Innovative Interfaces Virtua and ProQuest Summon.

In UNE's evaluation of library management systems and discovery services, Alma and Primo emerged as clear leaders. As a unified, cloud-based resource management and discovery platform, the combination of Alma and Primo will support the requirements of a twenty-first century library and facilitate the discovery of, and access to, library resources and services by online and on-campus students.

Ex Libris is a global provider of cloud-based and on-premises solutions for higher education. Offering SaaS implementations for the management and discovery of the full spectrum of library materials, as well as mobile campus services for driving student engagement and success, the Company serves over 5,600 customers in 90 countries. Ex Libris solutions are deployed at 43 of the top 50 universities worldwide and more than 40 national libraries.

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham opts for Ex Libris cloud-based solutions
- 22 Oct 2015

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris® Group has announced that the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has decided to adopt the Ex Libris Alma® library management service, Primo® discovery and delivery solution, and Rosetta digital asset management and preservation solution. The university libraries will be migrating from various systems, including the SirsiDynix Symphony® integrated library system (ILS) and the Ex Libris Voyager® ILS.

UAB sought systems that would enable it to integrate the operations and processes of two independent libraries under a single technology platform. The unified Alma workflows will provide a firm foundation for this merger, and the easy-to-use Primo interface will support users who seek items from both libraries. Rosetta’s end-to-end digital asset infrastructure will preserve digital resources at both libraries and keep such resources accessible for future generations.

According to Eric Hines, president of Ex Libris North America, the ability to combine the resources of disparate libraries into a single, cloud-based system is one of Alma's strengths. Coupled with the user-friendly Primo interface and Rosetta's powerful digital asset management, the Alma solution will help UAB libraries provide valuable support for the academic goals of the university.

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University of Denver selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 20 Oct 2015

Library automation and preservation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the University of Denver (DU) has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution. With its multiple libraries and extensive collections, the university was keen to establish a shared catalog powered by a unified management system. The University of Denver will be migrating from various systems including Innovative Interfaces Sierra, and ProQuest 360 Link and Summon.

By adopting Alma and Primo, DU will run a unified, cloud-based management system—eliminating silos and managing both print and electronic resources in one system. The university looks forward to saving staff time through automated workflows as well as offering a single discovery system for both students and faculty.

The sophisticated Primo search and ranking technology, intuitive browsing options, and support for serendipitous discovery will enable users to easily find and seamlessly access the resources they need. The open architecture of Alma and Primo will also allow for easily facilitated and seamless integration with other institutional systems, such as the Banner ERP system.

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University of Miami selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo to unify resource management and discovery services
- 14 Oct 2015

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris® Group has announced that the University of Miami (UM) has selected Ex Libris Alma for resource management and Ex Libris Primo for resource discovery and delivery. The University libraries are migrating from three independent Innovative Interfaces Millennium integrated library systems and ProQuest's Summon® discovery service.

UM sought a unified solution that would replace the disparate library systems and would enable the libraries to streamline their workflows, reduce costs, and provide better patron services. The Ex Libris implementation team will effectively deduplicate the data residing in the multiple systems, delivering a single catalogue with shared records.

With the Ex Libris Alma® resource management service and Primo® discovery and delivery solution, libraries lower operational costs, increase efficiency, and add value to their institution through diverse new services and collaboration with other libraries and organisations. The Ex Libris campusM™ mobile platform enables universities to deliver a unified digital experience, promoting student engagement while providing mobile access to campus-wide information and services.

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North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre to add 19 million records to WorldCat
- 29 Sep 2015

The North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Centre (hbz), a library consortium in Germany's most populous state, has signed an agreement with OCLC to add 19 million bibliographic records from the consortium to WorldCat, making these valuable collections more visible and accessible to scholars around the world.

Based in Cologne, hbz works as a central development and service organisation for university, college and specialised libraries, as well as data processing centers in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. With the addition of hbz records, the collections of all six German library consortia regions and the German National Library will be included in WorldCat, the world's largest online database of items held in libraries.

WorldCat is a set of databases that together comprise the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. WorldCat data is contributed, maintained and shared by libraries around the world. It is managed and enhanced by OCLC. The data supports a range of OCLC and partner services, driving efficiency in library management, improving discovery of library collections and increasing the visibility of libraries on the Web.

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National Library of New Zealand selects OCLC to host Te Puna Services
- 23 Sep 2015

The National Library of New Zealand has selected OCLC to host Te Puna Services, a collection of online tools and services created with New Zealand librarians to support daily workflows in searching, cataloguing, resource sharing and managing collections.

OCLC has previously had an agreement in place with the National Library to host Te Puna interlibrary loan services. By selecting OCLC to host and manage these other services, the National Library will significantly reduce its administrative workload and maintenance tasks.

Under the new agreement, the system will offer access to WorldCat as a source for cataloguing; WorldShare Metadata Services; Connexion; and WorldCat Discovery Services as a public and staff interface to WorldCat holdings.

The new, expanded services will also offer a separate view of the combined catalogue of New Zealand libraries, which is the equivalent of a national union catalogue. It will also include views of Publications New Zealand, the national bibliography, and Choral and Orchestral Hire Service, the largest collection of musical performance material in New Zealand.

OCLC WorldCat bibliographic and authority data, and associated services, are stored and delivered from OCLC's data centre in Dublin, Ohio, USA. OCLC's WorldShare Services, including all local data and identity information, are delivered from a data centre in Sydney, Australia. Application and technical support will come from OCLC's Melbourne office, and Te Puna members will continue to be supported through Te Puna customer support consultants.

Implementation begins this month, and the new services are expected to go live by the middle of 2016.

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ProQuest launches next database of Early European Books with Collection 7, further enhances access to research
- 04 Sep 2015

ProQuest has further enhanced access to research with the launch of the next database of Early European Books (EEB) with Collection 7, making another 7,450 titles available. This will bring the EEB program to more than 40,000 titles and 14 million pages of valuable images from the early modern period. The total number of page images in EEB now surpasses the number of page images in ProQuest's acclaimed Early English Books Online, EEBO database. The continual development of EEB reflects ProQuest's commitment to digitising unique content from the early modern period, enabling researchers to go deeper in their area of expertise and generate superior outcomes.

The digitisation of EEB Collection 7 has only been possible through the partnerships with the holding libraries which include the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in The Hague, Det Kongelige Bibliotek, in Copenhagen and The Wellcome Library in London, bringing over 1.9 million pages to this new collection. ProQuest has scanned the valuable works on site at the libraries using state-of-the-art technology to create high-definition colour images of every page, including marginalia inside the pages as well as often-lavish bindings and covers.

The libraries have provided a breadth of material for Volume 7 of EEB contributing specifically to the topics: History of Medicine and Science and Philosophy, Humanism and The Reformation

Through the Early European Books program, ProQuest provides an essential foundation of European writing in the early modern period by digitising and bringing together rare treasures from major libraries in Europe. The program supports the needs of scholars increasing access to valuable content easily without the need to be on site to view the documents in person. Content is now available online at their fingertips.

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Singapore Management University adopts Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 26 Aug 2015

Library automation services provider Ex Libris Group has announced Singapore Management University (SMU) has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma library management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution. Alma and Primo will replace the Innovative Millennium integrated library system and EBSCO Discovery Service.

The SMU library sought a system that would efficiently manage print and electronic resources, eliminate functional silos, enable staff to create automated workflows, and provide robust analytic tools that would help the staff maximise the potential of the library's collections. In addition, the library wanted a truly cloud-based SaaS platform that could reduce the total cost of ownership of the physical and technical infrastructure. SMU found that Alma delivers exactly what the library requires: a unified management system for electronic, print, and digital resources, along with the Alma Analytics reporting capabilities— all provided as a seamless, cloud-based service.

SMU joins the Singapore Institute of Management and Singapore University of Technology and Design in adopting Alma and Primo for library management and discovery.

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Minnesota-based Bridge Consortium adopts Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 06 Aug 2015

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group® has announced that the Minnesota-based Bridge Consortium, consisting of St. Olaf College and Carleton College, has selected Ex Libris Alma® for resource management and Ex Libris Primo® for resource discovery and delivery. The Bridge Consortium is migrating from an Innovative Interfaces Millennium integrated library system.

A search team did an extensive review of the available options for the Bridge Consortium. Alma and Primo came out as the top choice for many reasons. Apart from user experience, other key factors included the unified management of both print and electronic resources, open access to data, integrated e-resource management, the superior central index of Primo, customisable staff workflow functions, and the ability to customise search options.

Ex Libris solutions have been deployed at 43 of the top 50 universities worldwide, and more than 40 national libraries, to create a unified platform for both the management and the discovery of library resources. With the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution and Alma resource management service, libraries lower operational costs, increase efficiency, and add value to their institution through diverse new services and collaboration with other libraries and organisations.

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University System of Georgia to use Ex Libris cloud-based Alma and Primo solutions to facilitate collaboration
- 14 Jul 2015

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris® Group has announced that the University System of Georgia, with its 31 member institutions, has selected the cloud-based Ex Libris Alma® library management service and Primo® discovery and delivery solution to create a new shared library system.

Using Alma collaborative networks for acquisitions, cataloguing, resource sharing, and analytics, the University System of Georgia will be able to streamline its processes across the entire network and support new consortium-wide initiatives, with the goal of enhancing library and patron services.

The implementation will include the integration of Alma with an offsite storage facility shared by Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology as part of their EmTech project. The integration will enable patrons of both schools to use the shared storage facility through simplified processes provided by the Alma and Primo solutions.

Alma and Primo will provide a closer integration of services for the member institutions, as well as enhance services for member institutions' students, faculty, and staff to meet their needs in today's changing environment.

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The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges opts for Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 10 Jul 2015

Ex Libris Group, a global provider of SaaS solutions for libraries and higher education, has announced that the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) has selected the Ex Libris Alma® resource management solution, and the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution. Alma will replace a number of systems currently in use in each of their member libraries, including Innovative Millennium, SirsiDynix Symphony, Spydus, and Ex Libris Voyager®.

Libraries at Washington's community and technical colleges sought a technology solution to help students through college and give them skills for their careers and personal enrichment. Their goals are to: create a combined catalogue of community and technical college library resources; provide timely delivery of resources to students; provide student-initiated interlibrary borrowing; and provide simplified searching to all library resources.

The technology provided through Ex Libris meets these and the SBCTC goal of promoting student achievement and success. Ex Libris Alma will also help college libraries by providing insightful usage analytics and optimising collection usage and value.

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Primo Central Index to cover Wanfang Data Content in Chinese
- 24 Jun 2015

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris® Group has announced that the metadata of e-journals, dissertations, conference papers, and gazetteers hosted by Wanfang Data will be indexed in the Ex Libris Primo Central Index of scholarly electronic resources. As a result, this extensive content from Wanfang Data will be easily discoverable via the Ex Libris Primo® discovery service.

The collections to be covered by Primo Central are among the most important resources provided by Wanfang Data. China Local Gazetteers contains about 27,000 gazetteers that were published after 1949 and offers geographical and historical information from regions throughout China; China Online Journals includes more than 7,800 online Chinese journals in numerous disciplines; Dissertations of China is a comprehensive collection of dissertations and master's theses from 1980 onward; and the Academic Conferences in China database offers abstracts and full-text papers presented at conferences in China since the mid-1980s.

A leading provider of Chinese information content and services, Wanfang Data is a holding company of the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC), which was established in the 1950s and operates under the auspices of the Chinese Ministry of Science & Technology. The company maintains offices throughout mainland China and in Hong Kong and North America.

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The 200th Ex Libris Alma implementation goes live at Tennessee Board of Regents Libraries-NorthEast
- 12 Jun 2015

Library automation solutions Ex Libris Group has announced that the Tennessee Board of Regents Libraries - NorthEast (TBRL-NE), consisting of the libraries of East Tennessee State University (ETSU) and Northeast State Community College (NeSCC), is the 200th customer worldwide to implement the Ex Libris Alma library management service.

The libraries selected Alma, along with the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, to provide an integrated platform for library resource discovery and library management services delivered via the cloud. With the cloud-based deployment, library staff are freed to focus on services, and new functionality is regularly made available without the need for on-site upgrades. The libraries sought a solution that would also integrate with third-party systems for authentication, resource sharing, procurement, and self-service borrowing.

Having used the Ex Libris SFX® OpenURL link resolver hosted by Ex Libris for several years, ETSU was confident that Ex Libris would continue to provide support and cloud services at a consistently high standard. The libraries replaced a number of legacy systems including Innovative Interfaces Inc. Sierra and EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS).

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OCLC partners with global STM and Open Access publishers to make content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery Services
- 10 Jun 2015

OCLC has signed agreements with leading publishers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and other subject areas to add metadata for books, e-books, journals, databases and other materials that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery Services.

OCLC has agreements in place with more than 180 publishers and information providers to supply metadata to facilitate discovery and access to key resources. OCLC recently signed agreements with the American Society of Civil Engineers; BMJ Publishing Group; EAGE (European Association of Geophysicists and Engineers); Informa Healthcare; SAE International; SPIE; Canadiana.org; Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB); Directory of Open Access Journals; Korean Studies Information (KSI); OpenEditions; and Publishing Technology PLC among others.

Metadata from some of these publishers will also be made available to users through other OCLC services based on individual agreements. Details about how this metadata may be used in library management workflows will be communicated to OCLC users as the data is available.

By providing metadata and other descriptive content for more than 1.8 billion resources, these partnerships help libraries represent their electronic and physical collections more completely and efficiently.

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University of Leicester opts for Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 08 Jun 2015

Library automation services provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the University of Leicester has chosen the Ex Libris Alma unified resource management solution to streamline business processes and workflows. The University has also selected the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to maximize the discoverability of resources while improving the user experience and user satisfaction.

With Ex Libris Primo and Alma, libraries lower operational costs, increase efficiency, and add value to their institution through diverse new services and collaboration with other libraries and organisations. The Ex Libris campusM mobile platform enables universities to deliver a unified digital experience, promoting student engagement while providing mobile access to campus-wide information and services.

The University of Leicester is a leading UK University committed to international excellence through the creation of world changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. Leicester is ranked among the top one per-cent of universities in the world by the World University Rankings.

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The Queensland Health Library Network opts for Ex Libris cloud solutions
- 26 May 2015

Library automation services provider Ex Libris® Group has announce that the Queensland Health (QH) Library Network, in partnership with the State Library of Queensland, has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and the Primo® discovery and delivery solution. Together these integrated systems will give all Queensland Health staff access to evidence-based clinical information from their desktops.

The public health system in Queensland comprises a user community of some 70,000 full-time staff, many of whom need access to medical research and information on a regular basis. Sixteen health libraries within QH serve the information needs of clients in metropolitan, regional, remote and rural communities.

With its state-of-the art technical advances, Alma will enable librarians to efficiently manage the significant library resources housed in these libraries. Alma is a next-generation library management solution which will unify operations across library collections and enable users to enjoy the full wealth of Queensland Health clinical and other information resources. Alma recognises libraries' present and future needs and is capable of managing all resource types, whether electronic, print or digital. Statistics and data obtained from the system will not only facilitate decision-making processes but will also support the targeted improvement of services.

Primo enables users of the system to search all resource types from a single user-interface, and to receive a single, relevance-ranked result list. The sophisticated search and ranking technology of Primo, its intuitive browsing options, and its support for serendipitous discovery will enable users at QH to easily find and seamlessly access the resources they need.

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London’s Natural History Museum is live with Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 22 May 2015

Library automation services provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the Alma resource management solution and the Primo discovery and delivery solution are live at the Natural History Museum in London. Alma allows museum staff to manage all of the Library's scholarly resources and media types in a unified system, while Primo enables users to search all resource types from a single user-interface, and receive a single, relevance-ranked result list.

The Museum houses a public library that is used by scientists, visiting researchers and members of the public. Given the large number of digital resources it holds, a number which is constantly growing due to a digitisation project, the Museum was keen to implement a solution that handles electronic, print and digital collections in a unified and streamlined approach. The Ex Libris Primo discovery interface meets the Library's requirements to provide users with rapid access to all collections and offer users opportunities to discover items that they might not been searching for-fulfilling the expectations of the 21st century user. 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.

ProQuest partners with the National Library of Scotland to digitise unique government documents
- 15 May 2015

ProQuest has partnered with the National Library of Scotland to create the very first digitised collection of 19th Century House of Lords Parliamentary Papers, providing online access to previously unseen and valuable historical documents.

Launching in late 2015, this unique project will allow those who are not able to access the documents in their physical form to broaden their research into this essential 19th century government documents resource. Enhancing the growing corpus of historical papers that ProQuest have digitised - including the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers – this new collection will improve research outcomes for scholars of British History, British Government, Political Science, History and more.

As the working documents of government, the House of Lords Parliamentary Papers encompass wide areas of social, political, economic and foreign policy, providing evidence of committees and commissions during a time when the Lords in the United Kingdom wielded considerable power. Most importantly from a legislative perspective, this collection will include many bills which originated and were subsequently rejected by the Lords – rich indicators of the direction and interests of the Lords that have been largely lost to researchers.

There are very few surviving copies of this important historical collection because of the way the documents were originally printed and stored. The National Library of Scotland has one of the most comprehensive sets in existence as part of its world class collections and will be working closely with the House of Lords Library to deliver this project.

ProQuest's commitment to digital scholarship is ever more evident with this brand new digitised content, which has similar indexing and editorial controls to ProQuest's House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, enabling it to be fully cross-searchable with the new House of Lords Parliamentary Papers (1800-1910). This new content will bring together a complete picture of the workings and influence of the Parliament of the United Kingdom during their pivotal role in 19th Century history.

Further, the final version of a bill passing from Commons to the Lords will also be included in the newly digitised papers. The collection will shed new light on edits and revisions taken by the Lords on these key bills in their last stages of the legislative process and will provide a full study and understanding of this activity. The House of Lords Parliamentary Papers will fill in the gap in how legislation was authored, amended, and passed. Revealing previously unknown material such as statistical data, oral evidence, and letters and business papers relating not only to Britain but also to the many parts of the world that were under British influence during that time, this is a highly valuable resource.

The House of Lords content will be a part of ProQuest's comprehensive government program, which includes databases such as U.S. Congressional materials and Executive Branch Documents from 1789, Documents on British Policy Overseas (DBPO) and Digital National Security Archive (DNSA).

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Public Reading Network of Euskadi becomes first public library group in Spain to make its collections globally accessible via WorldCat
- 06 May 2015

Red de Lectura Pública de Euskadi (Public Reading Network of Euskadi) has announced that its union catalogue, which represents the collections of more than 240 municipal libraries in the Basque Country of Spain, will be added to WorldCat in 2015. The Network will add more than 650,000 records to WorldCat, including approximately 55,000 Basque titles.

The Network, which serves over 2 million people, is the first public library group in Spain to make its collections globally accessible through WorldCat, which claims to be the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries around the world contribute, maintain and share WorldCat data that is managed and enhanced by OCLC. WorldCat data supports a range of services, driving efficiency in library management, improving discovery of library collections and increasing visibility of libraries and their collections on the Web.

The Public Reading Network of Euskadi has, at the heart of its mission, the promotion of reading and ongoing usage of the Basque language (Euskera), keeping the culture of the region alive. Euskera is the only language in Western Europe that is not demonstrably related to any other, making it unique as a "language isolate." It is spoken by over 600,000 people and has enjoyed a resurgence in recent decades. When these records are added to WorldCat, the collections of Basque works that were previously difficult to locate will now be more accessible to libraries around the world.

Libraries in over 170 countries and territories have contributed holdings in WorldCat. There are more than 485 languages and dialects represented in the database.

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University of the Sunshine Coast selects Ex Libris cloud solutions
- 23 Apr 2015

Library automation services provider Ex Libris Group, has announced that the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) in Australia has selected the Ex Libris Alma next-generation resource management solution and the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Alma and Primo will replace a number of systems, including the Virtua integrated library system and the EBSCO discovery service.

USC carried out a major evaluation of the available library management and discovery systems before selecting Ex Libris cloud-based solutions. Primo and Alma were found to be the only options that could provide the automated end-to-end workflow efficiencies, powerful systems integration, and flexible reporting and analytics solution that USC was looking for. The ability to consolidate three legacy systems into a single cloud-based platform will also enable the Library to reduce its technical and systems management overheads. The large and active Ex Libris user community, both in Australia and New Zealand and worldwide, was a further incentive for USC in their decision.

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University of Edinburgh to implement Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 16 Apr 2015

Library automation services provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the University of Edinburgh has selected the next-generation Alma® unified resource management solution and the Primo® discovery and delivery solution.

Primo will enable the Library to achieve its goal of providing rapid and seamless discovery, access and use of collections. Alma will offer the University of Edinburgh Library automated workflows to improve many of its services, together with comprehensive analytics to provide evidence of its contribution to the institution and to ensure efficient expenditure on library resources.

Currently, the university relies on manual processes to manage e-resource licences and content, as well as to analyse the return on investment. Alma provides the university the required enhanced functionality and reporting capability. Additionally, Alma will allow the institution to review its manual workflows, enabling to automate and streamline these workflows to improve speed of service and remove single points of failure. Pre-defined reports in Alma Analytics will provide clearer and deeper analysis of management information.

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OCLC signs agreements with publishers in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Business
- 16 Apr 2015

OCLC, a non-profit, membership, computer library service and research organisation, has signed agreements with leading publishers in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Business to add metadata for books, e-books, journals, audiovisual materials and databases that will make their content discoverable through WorldCat Discovery Services.

OCLC has agreements in place with more than 180 publishers and information providers to supply metadata to facilitate discovery and access to key resources. OCLC recently signed agreements with Bloomsbury Publishing, Duke University Press, Greenleaf Publishing Ltd., GSE Research Ltd., Harvard University Press, Mark Allen Group and the MIT Press, among others.

Metadata from some of these publishers will also be made available to users through other OCLC services based on individual agreements.

OCLC has worked with the world's leading publishers and aggregators for decades. By providing metadata and other descriptive content for more than 1.8 billion resources, these partnerships help libraries represent their electronic and physical collections more completely and efficiently.

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The University of Surrey selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 07 Apr 2015

Library automation services provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the University of Surrey has selected the next-generation Alma unified resource management solution and the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Primo and Alma will replace multiple systems, including the Library's Capita (Talis) library management system (LMS) and search system.

Fully cloud-based, Primo and Alma will be monitored and supported 24/7 by Ex Libris experts, enabling the Library to move forward without hidden technical costs, and reallocate resources to improving user services.

The open architecture on which Alma and Primo are built will also enable the University to integrate its campus-wide and external systems with library operations, providing greater business continuity.

Drake University Selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 27 Mar 2015

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that Drake University has selected the Ex Libris Alma unified resource management service and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Alma and Primo are an integrated cloud-based platform that will be used for collection management, purchasing, and patron account management, among other services at Drake's Cowles Library and Opperman Law Library.

Drake University was looking for an advanced, next-generation library solution that would allow for greater inter-library collaboration, enable its library to achieve more and better outcomes, and more effectively manage resources. Rod Henshaw, dean of Drake's Cowles Library sees Alma as a key part of the library's set of 'Futures Initiatives,' which are designed to sustain the library as an innovative resource for learning and knowledge at Drake.

Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 90 countries on six continents. 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.

Arkansas Tech University adopts Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 26 Mar 2015

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the Ross Pendergraft Library of the Arkansas Tech University has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management solution as well as the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Following an extensive and formal market evaluation, and continuing the trend of current Ex Libris Voyager customers upgrading to Alma, the library is aiming to streamline operations by providing a cloud-based, open, and unified platform for all collections, which integrates smoothly with the university's two satellite campuses.

The adoption of Ex Libris Primo will significantly enhance the discovery 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 personalize the ranking of Primo search results according to the users' discipline and level of scholarly expertise.

Arkansas Tech University (ATU) is a comprehensive regional institution located in Russellville, Arkansas, United States. The university offers programs at both baccalaureate and graduate levels in a range of fields. Arkansas Tech will welcome its first doctoral cohorts in the summer of 2015. The Arkansas Tech University–Ozark Campus, a two-year satellite campus in the town of Ozark, primarily focuses on associate and certificate education.

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OCLC and LexisNexis work together to make LexisNexis Academic database available to mutual subscribers via OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services
- 26 Mar 2015

OCLC, the non-profit computer library service and research organisation, and LexisNexis are working together to make the LexisNexis Academic database available to mutual subscribers through OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services.

LexisNexis Academic features a collection over 15,000 news, legal, and business sources. The news collection offers deep and reliable coverage of world events from the most trusted newspapers, broadcasters, and social media outlets. It provides local perspectives and insight from across the globe with publications from over 150 countries and in over 21 languages. In addition, LexisNexis Academic offers extensive coverage of legal information on federal and state cases and statutes and has unparalleled business information on over 80 million US and international companies and more than 63 million executives. It is used by more than 2,000 U.S. universities worldwide.

WorldCat Discovery Services is an integrated suite of cloud based applications that enables people to discover more than 1.8 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in libraries around the world and makes library collections visible to information seekers in the places where they start their search.

To access the database through WorldCat Discovery, users must subscribe to both LexisNexis Academic and WorldCat Discovery Services. LexisNexis Academic will be available through WorldCat Discovery later this year.

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Three academic institutions in Kentucky enjoy unified resource management and unified discovery through cloud-based deployment of Alma and Primo
- 17 Mar 2015

Library automation services provider Ex Libris Group has announced that ARL-members University of Kentucky (UK), Western Kentucky University (WKU), and Murray State University have chosen the Ex Libris Alma® unified resource management service and the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution. This integrated cloud-based SaaS platform will replace several systems used by each institution, including OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services, home-grown ERM systems, and the Ex Libris Voyager® ILS and SFX® OpenURL link resolver.

The University of Kentucky has used Ex Libris cloud services for the past three years as part of the Kentucky Voyager Consortium. As satisfied users of Primo since 2011, Alma was the next step to achieving full integration of all of the resources, allowing the Western Kentucky University to receive comprehensive usage analytics and extensive functionality. Alma incorporates some useful cataloguing tools directly into the user interface, and will save on moving in and out of resources to accomplish tasks.

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Leipzig University of Applied Sciences becomes first institution in Germany to go live with Alma
- 20 Feb 2015

Library automation services provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK Leipzig) is the first institution in Germany to go live with Alma. A fully cloud-based library management solution, Alma enables all collections and resource types - whether electronic, print or digital - to be managed within a single system. Five additional German-speaking institutions are due to go live with Alma in the coming months.

Whilst Alma manages all of the Library's media types in a unified system, Primo, the discovery and delivery solution from Ex Libris, enables users to search all resource types from a single user-interface, and receive a single, relevance-ranked result list.

With about 6,300 students, HTWK Leipzig is Saxony's largest University of Applied Sciences and one of the largest in Germany. For more than two hundred years, the University and its predecessors have been providing high-quality, career-relevant education in a diverse range of fields through innovative courses, excellent teaching and state-of the art facilities.

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University of Connecticut selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 19 Feb 2015

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the University of Connecticut Libraries have selected the Alma® library management solution and the Primo® discovery and delivery solution.

The UConn Libraries were looking for an advanced technology solution to achieve seamless integration of all the libraries across their diverse system that includes four libraries on the main campus, five regional libraries, the UConn School of Law, and UConn Health. According to Martha Bedard, Vice Provost for University Libraries at UConn, the UConn Libraries is focused on ways to expand efficiencies across the Libraries' system and the shared management platform provided through Alma will be a major tool in streamlining workflows and highlighting collection development opportunities. Additionally, the unified discovery solution in Primo gives users a search option that will help them easily find the resources they need regardless of their campus location.

Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 90 countries on six continents. 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.

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ProQuest transforms research with digitization of rare, historical works from Bibliothèque nationale de France
- 13 Feb 2015

Researchers can now explore early European history and culture as it happened with ProQuest's release of the first 2 million pages in its massive digitization project with Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) in Paris. When complete, the project will give researchers cover to cover access to more than 28,000 rare European books printed from 1400 to 1700 – 10 million pages – in crisp, fully searchable images. Approximately 5,800 titles are now available in Collections 4 and 6 of ProQuest's Early European Books, enabling researchers around the world to benefit from the Library's centuries of acquisition, curation and preservation.

The BnF's collection is vast and wide-ranging, including 3,000 incunabula (works printed before 1501) and many rare and valuable yet obscure texts. Subjects range from literature and history to science and engineering, from law to aesthetics and art criticism, from politics to philosophy and theology. The books themselves come in many forms, with popular chapbooks (which were widely distributed but rarely preserved) at one end of the spectrum and luxury editions aimed at a wealthy, courtly audience at the other.

Disciplinary fields covered in the newly released collections include history, ancient and modern literature, theology, law, philosophy, physics and medicine, as well as treatises of alchemy by authors such as Giovanni Aurelio Augurelli, Basile Valentin, Jean de Roquetaillade, David de Planis-Campy.

The BnF is the fifth major library to participate in ProQuest's groundbreaking Early European Books project. The company launched the initiative with the Danish Royal Library in Copenhagen and the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze in Italy. Digitization operations are currently also underway at the National Library of the Netherlands and at the Wellcome Trust Library in London. In each case, ProQuest sets up a scanning studio on site and uses state-of-the-art technology to create high-definition color images of every page, including the often-lavish bindings and covers.

Through the Early European Books program, ProQuest provides an essential foundation of European writing in the early modern period by digitising and bringing together rare treasures from major libraries in Europe. The program supports the needs of scholars and reduces their research costs by eliminating the need for travel to faraway library archives to access this valuable content. It's now available online at their fingertips.

Early European Books collections are available for purchase by libraries worldwide and are delivered via a multilingual interface, supported by rich metadata that allows pinpoint searching across collections from many countries. Research is streamlined through the ability to quickly review books for relevance and then store or share them using efficient workflow tools. Early European Books are cross-searchable with ProQuest's landmark Early English Books Online (EEBO) database, which encompasses facsimiles of 132,000 books printed in English or in the British Isles between 1473 and 1700.

The Bibliothèque nationale de France is the French national library and one of the oldest and greatest research libraries in the world. Housing the Dépôt Légal created in 1537 by Francois 1er, its unique collections offer seven centuries of history. The BnF collection covers all fields of knowledge and all kind of documents. BnF has welcomed nearly 1 million library patrons in 2013 and more than 30 million people visited its website www.bnf.fr.

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Oklahoma State University Libraries select Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 03 Feb 2015

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that Oklahoma State University (OSU), together with the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) College System of 11 universities and colleges, has selected Ex Libris Alma for next-generation resource management services and Ex Libris Primo® for unified resource discovery. Members of the consortium are replacing numerous systems, including the Voyager® integrated library system.

Before selecting Alma and Primo, OSU evaluated a number of library management and discovery solutions in their quest for a next generation platform, to identify a partner best able to meet the diverse needs of the system.

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU is America's Brightest Orange. As Oklahoma's only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research and outreach. OSU has more than 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations.

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Historical databases now accessible to libraries through WorldCat and WorldCat Discovery Services
- 30 Jan 2015

Accessible Archives, Inc., a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, has entered into an agreement with OCLC, a nonprofit library cooperative providing research, programs and services for libraries, to add MARC records from hundreds of digitised historical book resources to WorldCat for discovery of these valuable resources worldwide.

The reviews will synthesise advances in linguistic theory, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, computational linguistics, language acquisition, language change, biology and evolution of language, typology, field linguistics, and language documentation, as well as the application of linguistics in many domains.

Accessible Archives' diverse primary source collections, which now are available through WorldCat Discovery Services, also include newspapers and periodicals from Colonial and Early America. Unlimited Priorities LLC is the exclusive sales and marketing agent for Accessible Archives, and also facilitated the negotiations for this agreement.

The Accessible Archives collections that have been added to the central index used by WorldCat Discovery and WorldCat Local previously were available only as single centrally indexed collections. Libraries currently accessing these collections through the Accessible Archives database (target ID 1940) should switch from that collection to the appropriate individual collections(s). Instructions for configuring the individual collections in the OCLC Service Configuration module are available on the WorldCat Local User Support Center. Further information may be obtained directly from OCLC.

Accessible Archives and OCLC also have partnered to add these collections to the WorldCat knowledge base. This direct feed will save libraries time and will result in fast, easy and reliable access to these critical e-collections for library users.

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Creighton University in Nebraska selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 27 Jan 2015

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that Creighton University has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service and the Primo discovery and delivery solution to provide unified resource management and discovery. This integrated cloud-based platform will replace several systems, including SirsiDynix Symphony and ProQuest Summon.

To support their shift to an 'Academic Commons' approach to research and learning, Creighton University sought a major change to their technology framework, which would support their growing emphasis on electronic resources rather than physical collections. Creighton was also keen to enable easier collaboration between the University's Reinert-Alumni, Health Sciences and Law libraries.

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Welsh Consortium selects Ex Libris solutions for shared library management and discovery
- 19 Dec 2014

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that WHELF - a consortium of all the Welsh University Libraries, as well as the National Library of Wales and the Welsh NHS Libraries - has selected the Ex Libris Alma unified resource management service and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to deliver a new bilingual shared library system for Wales.

Members of the WHELF consortium currently employ a variety of standalone library management systems and several different discovery systems. With the selection of Ex Libris as a single provider, the Consortium will have the opportunity to deliver a single cloud-based next-generation library system, delivered on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) basis.

The WHELF Consortium adopted the Alma and Primo next-generation solutions following a rigorous selection and assessment process. Provided as a cloud-based SaaS solution, Alma automates and streamlines library operations across all workflows and resource types, from acquisitions and metadata management to digitization, cataloguing, and advanced fulfillment services.

The sophisticated Primo search and ranking technology, intuitive browsing options, and 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 their own user community.

The 10 member libraries of WHELF are Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Swansea University, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Glyndwr University, the National Library of Wales, Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, the University of South Wales and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, plus the Welsh NHS Libraries represented through the AWHILES Consortium.

East Tennessee State University selects Ex Libris Alma, Primo and bX Recommender
- 18 Dec 2014

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group® has announced that Sherrod Library at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) and Northeast State Community College (NeSCC) have together selected a suite of Ex Libris solutions, comprising Alma® resource management solution, the Primo® discovery and delivery solution, and the bX® article recommender service. ETSU is replacing a number of legacy systems including Innovative Interfaces Sierra.

ETSU's Sherrod Library selected Alma and Primo to provide an integrated platform for discovery, linking, electronic resource management, and traditional library system functions, all delivered via the cloud. The solutions' cloud-based architectures ensure that library staff members are freed from routine maintenance, while new functionality is regularly made available without the need for upgrades to be performed on-site.

The library was also keen to adopt a solution that would integrate with third-party systems for authentication, online courses, and procurement. Having used the Ex Libris SFX® OpenURL link resolver for several years, ETSU was confident that the company's support and hosting services would be provided at a consistently high standard.

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The Open University in the UK selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 09 Dec 2014

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris® Group has announced that The Open University (OU) in the UK has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and the Primo® discovery and delivery solution to provide unified resource management and discovery.

The Open University also selected the bX® Recommender, a user-facing service that presents article recommendations based on the usage data of millions of users around the world. This suite of integrated products will support the library's commitment to ensuring that its technology framework meets the needs of users both now and in the future.

Alma provides cross-collection workflows within a flexible system that easily integrates with other library and external systems used by The Open University. The Ex Libris solutions will help the library support the OU's strategic aims while enabling the institution to keep pace with changes in higher education.

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The State Library of New South Wales selects Ex Libris and Axiell Solutions
- 04 Dec 2014

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the State Library of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia has adopted a suite of Ex Libris solutions—comprising the Alma® library management solution, the Primo® discovery and delivery solution, and the Rosetta digital asset management and preservation system—and Axiell Group's Adlib Archive to manage its archival collections. These solutions replace multiple legacy systems used by the Library. Together, these integrated systems will enable the State Library to offer a world-class discovery experience to its large user community.

As part of the State Library's Digital Excellence Program, supported by the NSW Government, the Library is fast tracking the digitisation of its most iconic, at risk, and highly valued collections, undertaking a complete renewal of its underlying infrastructure and systems, and improving the online discoverability of its vast collections. This critical work will make it even easier for schools, universities, family historians, researchers and many others to find and use the Library's unique materials.

Axiell Group's ALM business area is dedicated to supplying archive, special collections library, and museum solutions. Axiell Group serves libraries, schools, archives, museums and government authorities with technically advanced and innovative solutions developed in close cooperation with its customers and partners. More than 1000 library organisations with thousands of branches use an Axiell library management system and Axiell Arena, a tool for the virtual library. Over 2600 customers in 30 countries have implemented Axiell's solutions for archives, museums and government authorities. And more than 3000 schools rely on an Axiell system.

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More North American Academic institutions select Ex Libris Alma for next-gen library management services
- 03 Dec 2014

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that institutions across North America are continuing to select Ex Libris Alma for next-generation resource management services and Ex Libris Primo for resource discovery and delivery.

Pulaski Technical College in Arkansas and The Master-s Seminary in California are the latest institutions to select Alma with Primo. These institutions are migrating from the Voyager® integrated library system as well as other third-party systems.

As a fully cloud-based solution, Alma will considerably reduce the administrative workload on staff and thereby enable them to spend more time supporting the teaching and learning activities of users. Alma's powerful analytics capabilities enable libraries to make informed decisions about collection development and budgets, as well as other areas of operations, thereby increasing efficiency and enhancing the value of the library to the institution.



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University of Rhode Island opts for Ex Libris library solutions
- 19 Nov 2014

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the University of Rhode Island (URI) has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service along with the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to replace multiple homegrown and commercial systems.

Housing extensive physical, electronic, and digitised collections, the libraries at URI will now run a unified, cloud-based management system and provide a one-stop search engine that connects users with all of the library's collections. Provided on a SaaS basis, Alma automates and streamlines all library operations (order management and acquisition, catalogue management, metadata management, and digitization) for the full range of bibliographic resources—regardless of their location or format.

The sophisticated Primo search and ranking technology, intuitive browsing options, and 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 their own user community.

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Victoria University of Wellington selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 12 Nov 2014

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that Victoria University of Wellington has selected a unified solution for its libraries, consisting of Ex Libris Alma for next-generation resource management services and Ex Libris Primo for resource discovery and delivery. By providing cutting-edge services and an advanced discovery experience for users, these tightly integrated systems will help the library fulfill its strategic goal of supporting the University's learning objectives.

In its evaluation of resource management systems, Victoria sought a solution that would provide streamlined library operations, advanced management of metadata, analytics, and discovery-layer interoperability. As a vendor, Ex Libris was appealing because of its powerful vision for the future of library management and discovery, as demonstrated by the Ex Libris commitment to cloud-based SaaS solutions and to the enhancement of the user experience of both staff members and patrons.

New Zealand's globally ranked, capital-city university, Victoria University of Wellington is known for its ethos of civic engagement and a strong commitment to advancing Wellington, New Zealand, and the Asia-Pacific region through teaching, research, and public service. In 2012, Victoria was ranked New Zealand's top university for research quality. The University is internationally respected and falls well within the top 300 of the world's 7,000 universities.

GBI-Genios’ wiso collections now indexed and discoverable via Central Index of Ex Libris Primo
- 21 Oct 2014

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that all journals and the majority of reference databases hosted on GBI-Genios’ wiso-net platform have been indexed in the Ex Libris Primo Central Index of scholarly electronic resources, making the content easily discoverable via the Ex Libris Primo discovery service.

In the coming months, the e-books hosted on wiso-net will also be accessible via Primo. The wiso-net platform includes specialised information in economics; social sciences; technical studies; psychology; and law, and is used in more than 85 percent of economic and social science universities in German-speaking countries.

GBI-Genios is a provider of electronic business information in German-speaking countries. The company has been providing its customers with reliable information and services related to the topics eContent, business intelligence, market and customer knowledge for more than 35 years.

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ProQuest Collections now indexed and discoverable via Ex Libris Primo Central Index
- 30 Sep 2014

Information industry leaders ProQuest and Ex Libris® Group have announced that over 200 of ProQuest's most widely used databases have been indexed in the Ex Libris Primo Central Index of scholarly electronic resources, making the content easily discoverable via the Ex Libris Primo discovery service.

Among the important ProQuest databases that are now available via Primo are ProQuest Central; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global; ABI/INFORM®; Black Studies Center; various historical digital collections, including Early English Books Online (EEBO); Periodicals Archive Online; Periodicals Index Online (PIO); and approximately 50 abstracting and indexing (A&I) databases, which join the growing list of subject indexes in Primo Central. In the coming months, ProQuest Congressional and other databases will also be accessible via Primo. ProQuest content is used in more than 26,000 institutions in over 150 countries around the world.

The collaboration between ProQuest and Ex Libris began earlier in 2014 with an agreement to index ProQuest full-text and A&I databases in Primo Central. These two leaders in the information and discovery markets also began exploring methods of integrating the ProQuest Summon discovery service more tightly with the Ex Libris Alma library management solution and Ex Libris Aleph® and Voyager® integrated library systems.

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The European Library Open Dataset takes its first step into research e-infrastructures
- 22 Sep 2014

A subset of The European Library Open Dataset is now accessible through EUDAT's research data discovery service - B2FIND, which will be presented during the 3rd EUDAT Conference taking place on September 24-25, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The first European Library subset distributed to EUDAT consists of a selection of data of interest to research communities.

EUDAT's mission is to design, develop, implement and offer Common Data Services to interested research communities. EUDAT represents a unique partnership between research communities and data centers, bringing together data service providers and users who are directly involved with the design of data services.

Future collaborations between The European Library and EUDAT will focus on the distribution of additional data and improving the data integration between The European Library and EUDAT's discovery service B2FIND.

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Shanghai Library adds 2 million records to WorldCat
- 04 Sep 2014

Shanghai Library, the largest public library in China and one of the largest in the world, has contributed 2 million holdings to WorldCat, including some 770,000 unique bibliographic records, to share its collection worldwide.

These records, which represent books and journals published between 1911 and 2013, were loaded in WorldCat earlier this year. The contribution from Shanghai Library, an OCLC member since 1996, enhances the richness and depth of Chinese materials in WorldCat as well as the discoverability of these collections around the world.

WorldCat is a set of databases that together comprise the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. WorldCat data is contributed, maintained and shared by libraries around the world, and is managed and enhanced by OCLC. WorldCat data supports a range of OCLC and partner services, driving efficiency in library management, improving discovery of library collections and increasing the visibility of libraries on the Web.

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ORCID integration with Pivot targets best funding sources
- 14 Aug 2014

ProQuest Pivot recently launched a new integration with ORCID, further enhancing the accuracy of profiles in Pivot and ultimately improving funding recommendations for Pivot users.

Locating and securing research funding is becoming increasingly competitive, as funding opportunities are limited and the number of researchers vying for those dollars continues to grow.

With ProQuest Pivot, researchers, faculty and research administrators can easily explore new avenues for funding, view funding opportunities uniquely matched to their scholar profile, collaborate with colleagues, and build a funding strategy that supports both immediate and long-term funding needs.

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes every researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognised.

With this new integration, Pivot users now have the ability to dynamically link to their ORCID profile as maintained in ORCID's growing, community-driven scholar profile repository. Users can also set a permission flag with ORCID which will enable ProQuest and Pivot to receive automated profile data updates from ORCID in the future, thus saving users time and effort.

Pivot will also be including ISNIs (International Standard Name Identifiers) in future development. ISNIs identify contributors to intellectual property regardless of domain going beyond the audience of researchers covered by ORCID to include categories of content creators such as professional musicians, and are also assigned to deceased scholars and researchers. This way, Pivot provides maximum interoperability with other data sets, some of which will be using ORCID and others of which will be using ISNI, depending on the use case.

Pivot is routinely and automatically adding publications and awarded sources of research funding to matching profiles using its proprietary linking algorithms. As of this release, profiles in Pivot now contain more than a half million linked grants, which in turn allows Pivot to infer more accurate suggestions for scientific collaborators, and enhanced matching of researchers to relevant funding opportunities for which they can apply. The integration of ORCID into the Pivot system further targets the best funding recommendations for all users.

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Twenty Belgian libraries to add 2 million records to WorldCat
- 21 Jul 2014

Anet, a consortium of 20 Belgian academic and special libraries, including the University of Antwerp and the City of Antwerp Heritage Library, has signed an agreement with OCLC to add some 2 million records to WorldCat.

Anet is the first library consortium from Belgium to load records into WorldCat, the set of databases that together comprise the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. WorldCat data is contributed, maintained and shared by libraries around the world. It is managed and enhanced by OCLC. WorldCat data supports a range of OCLC and partner services, driving efficiency in library management, improving discovery of library collections and increasing the visibility of libraries on the Web.

Anet consortium members have been cooperatively cataloguing and managing their own collections since 1985 using a proprietary library technology developed and hosted by the University of Antwerp. The need to increase visibility of their collections on the Internet inspired the decision to load records into WorldCat, according to Anet members. Information seekers often begin their research through websites like Yahoo! and Google. OCLC's syndication program enables WorldCat data to be made available through those consumer service providers to increase visibility, efficiency and use of libraries, their collections and services.

Libraries in some 170 countries and territories have contributed holdings in WorldCat, and there are more than 485 languages and dialects represented in the database.

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Unitec Institute of Technology adopts Alma library management solution, migrates to cloud deployment of Primo
- 09 May 2014

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that Unitec Institute of Technology has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management service and is consolidating its Ex Libris solutions into the cloud-based platform of Alma and Primo, unifying both resource management and resource discovery.

In the rapidly changing academic landscape, Unitec Institute of Technology found that Alma and Primo together offered the best solution for its users and staff. As a fully cloud-based solution, Alma offers extensive opportunities for collaboration with libraries worldwide, and its open interfaces enable the library to integrate with other systems on campus and externally. In parallel with adopting Alma, Unitec has moved its Ex Libris Primo implementation to a cloud deployment, thereby relieving library staff of unnecessary technical burdens.

Among its reasons for selecting Alma from the available commercial systems, Unitec cited the solution's energetic user community and comprehensive vendor support. The institute also considered Alma to be a 'strategic fit' with both its own Technology Strategy, and a recent look-ahead report for the Library.

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BMJ partners with Ex Libris Group to enhance access to BMJ Clinical Evidence
- 28 Apr 2014

Healthcare knowledge provider BMJ has announced a partnership with Ex Libris Group, provider of automated library solutions, to enhance access to BMJ Clinical Evidence, an online medical data resource designed for the practice of evidence-based medicine (EBM).

BMJ Clinical Evidence publishes the latest peer-reviewed information on important clinical conditions, as well as providing guidance on good evidence-based practice.

The partnership means that all BMJ Clinical Evidence content will be built into the Primo Central index, a cloud-based service to institutions around the globe, making it faster and easier to search for the right information.

Once BMJ Clinical Evidence has been integrated with Primo Central this will enhance visibility of content to librarians and end users across a library's full collection of resources.

Primo Central is the discovery platform of choice for over 2,000 national, academic, and research libraries around the world. It gives users access to hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources of global and regional importance.

BMJ Clinical Evidence translates clinical problems into answerable clinical questions and finds quick, accurate, concise, evidence-based answers, plus access to the latest research and guidelines. It sums up what's known - and not known - about more than 650 clinical situations and over 3,200 interventions and is one of the world's most trusted sources of medical evidence.

The Universities of Applied Sciences in Dresden and Leipzig select Ex Libris Alma and Primo
- 25 Apr 2014

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that Dresden University of Applied Sciences (HTW Dresden) and Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK Leipzig) have opted to deploy the Ex Libris Alma unified resource management solution and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution.

The universities selected these solutions to adapt their library services to the changes in users' preferences that have occurred in recent years and the dramatic increase in the quantity of electronic resources in the libraries' collections. Because Alma and Primo will be deployed as cloud-based solutions, library staff will be relieved of hardware- management chores and the installation of updates. As a result, the staff will be able to devote more time to core library tasks.

Dresden University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1992 and consists of eight faculties, with approximately 170 professors and more than 5,000 students. Engineering, economics, design, and "green" disciplines constitute the four pillars on which more than 40 forward-looking diploma, bachelor's, and master's degree programs are based. The library is one of the University's central institutions.

With about 5,900 students, Leipzig University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest universities of its kind in Germany. For more than 200 years, the University and its predecessors have been providing high-quality, career-relevant education in a diverse range of fields through innovative courses, excellent teaching, and state-of the art facilities. The library was built in 2009 and offers state-of-the art facilities, spacious reading rooms, and nearly 10,000 meters of shelf space packed with specialized literature. It is home to nearly 300,000 books, journals, and audiovisual items.

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ProQuest and OCLC continue collaboration to offer improved discovery, access to popular full-text content
- 04 Feb 2014

Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, US, has announced that more than 320 million records from 88 collections in the ProQuest Central database are now discoverable, and the full text associated with those records is now accessible to mutual subscribers through OCLC WorldCat Discovery Services.

The new discovery experience is the result of a data exchange agreement signed in 2013 by OCLC and ProQuest to enhance library discovery for users of WorldCat Discovery Services and the ProQuest Central full-text database. The program shares metadata from some of the world's most-widely used library collections, enriching the content and creating connections for users of both ProQuest Central and WorldCat Discovery.

In November 2013, OCLC and ProQuest announced a collaboration to facilitate automation of the process to keep e-book holdings from ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library up to date in WorldCat and library catalogues, and offers current links to library users for easy access to those titles.

ProQuest Central is one of the largest multidisciplinary, full-text databases available in the market today. The agreement between ProQuest and OCLC will provide access to the primary ProQuest Central database and 88 of its most widely-used databases. With journal, newspaper and scholarly content in more than 160 subjects, it is regarded as the broadest single research resource in the world. Now, libraries can choose to access their ProQuest Central subscription content through WorldCat Discovery Services as well as the ProQuest Summon service.

WorldCat Discovery Services is a new suite of cloud-based applications that brings the FirstSearch and WorldCat Local services together. Set to launch in March, the new suite will provide library users increased access to more than 1.3 billion records representing the most widely used e-content collections in libraries.

WorldCat Discovery Services will be available to all 18,000 OCLC FirstSearch subscribers in March. FirstSearch will operate in parallel during a year-long transition so libraries can choose when to migrate to the new service. WorldCat Local libraries will also move to the WorldCat Discovery over the next 18 months. The transition will begin in March with a beta period when WorldCat Local subscribers can begin using the service and plan transition activities.

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ProQuest and Ex Libris collaborate to improve research workflows
- 28 Jan 2014

Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, US, and library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group have announced a collaboration to make their key services work better together to improve user experience and support customer choice. The most immediate benefit for mutual customers will be the indexing of dozens of ProQuest's most widely used content databases in the Ex Libris Primo Central Index of scholarly electronic resources. When the first stage of work is completed, ProQuest's ebrary® and EBL-Ebook Library® collections will become discoverable by all Primo Central users as well.

While ProQuest's Summon discovery solution includes this content already for its many customers, enabling its full indexing in Primo Central will further enhance its discoverability to users of the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution. To expand choice even further, the companies will also work together to identify and investigate additional points of integration with their respective library management software solutions. Users of the Ex Libris Alma unified resource management service, and libraries using the Voyager or Aleph integrated library system will be able to deploy ProQuest's Summon to make their library collections discoverable, just as Primo can be accessed by ProQuest management customers.

As part of this new initiative, the companies will focus on improving those interactions and further enhance the user experience across their respective discovery and library management solutions.

Ex Libris Alma customers can look forward to operational improvements, including the availability of Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) of titles from ebrary and EBL-EBook Library - allowing efficient end-user input into collection development and reducing work for librarians. Future plans include facilitating more streamlined acquisitions workflows and the integration of holdings updates that will help mutual customers reduce operational costs and benefit from automated and more efficient processes.

ProQuest Intota customers will have the benefit of knowing that interoperability on their behalf is part of the ongoing development focus. This work will evolve through continued collaboration and customers' input - all with a common goal of empowering libraries to best meet their patrons' needs and support their institutions’ mission.

Collaboration activities between ProQuest and Ex Libris are commencing immediately and will be ongoing.

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Primo Central Index now features metadata from e-books and e-journals published by De Gruyter
- 18 Nov 2013

The Primo Central Index, a discovery and delivery service offered by the library software provider Ex Libris, now features metadata from all of the e-books and e-journals published by De Gruyter as well as its imprints and publishing partners. The Primo Central Index is a library software application that enables users to find hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources of global and regional importance.

According to Ben Ash- croft, Sales Director at De Gruyter, the index service not only provides general information on book titles, but also displays metadata at the level of individual chapters and articles.

The Primo Central Index claims to be one of the most comprehensive and powerful tools for locating high-quality academic content, easing the work process of libraries and their users alike. All index data are kept current with weekly updates.

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Ex Libris and NewsBank in deal to add Readex content to the Primo Central Index
- 08 Oct 2013

Library technology solutions provider Ex Libris Group has signed an agreement with NewsBank to include a number of the Readex Archive of Americana collections in the Primo Central Index. Offered as a cloud-based service to institutions around the globe, the Primo Central Index gives users access to hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources of global and regional importance.

For nearly 70 years, Readex has served as an authoritative source of primary research materials covering American history, literature, politics, culture, and daily life. The NewsBank-Ex Libris agreement will enable mutual customers of Readex and the Primo Central Index to search the metadata of collections such as the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1994; Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800; Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819; Early American Imprints, Series I: Supplement from the Library Company of Philadelphia, 1670-1800; Early American Imprints, Series II: Supplement from the Library Company of Philadelphia, 1801-1819; American Broadsides and Ephemera, Series 1, 1760-1900; and Afro-Americana Imprints, 1535-1922: From the Library Company of Philadelphia.

According to David Beychok, vice president of discovery and delivery solutions at Ex Libris, mutual customers of Readex and the Primo Central Index will now benefit from an extraordinary breadth and depth of material from American historical sources. Ex Libris is participating at the Frankfurt Book Fair, at booth L72 in hall 4.2.

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Ex Libris’ Primo Central Index to cover Russian-language content from BIBCOM Central Collector of Libraries
- 03 Oct 2013

Library technology solutions provider Ex Libris Group has signed an agreement with BIBCOM Central Collector of Libraries, a principal aggregator of Russian scholarly content, to include its extensive collections in the Primo Central Index.

Offered as a cloud-based service to institutions around the globe, the Primo Central Index enables users to search hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources of global and regional importance. These resources, which have been harvested from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators and from open-access repositories, include various types of content, such as journal articles, e‑books, reviews, and legal documents.

The RUCONT National Digital Resource is an interdisciplinary full-text database of scholarly Russian-language resources in the arts, humanities, and natural and technical sciences, offered by BIBCOM CCL. Among the institutions whose research publications are included in RUCONT are Lomonosov Moscow State University, Saint Petersburg State University, and numerous regional universities.

Ex Libris will be exhibiting at the Frankfurt Book Fair, at booth L72 in hall 4.2.

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Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense opts for Ex Libris Primo and SFX
- 01 Oct 2013

Library technology solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense has selected the Primo discovery and delivery service, the Primo Central Index of scholarly e-resources, and the SFX link resolver for its research community. A long-standing Ex Libris customer, Université Paris Ouest opted for the company's suite of discovery products to improve the end-user experience at its three associated libraries - the Service Commun de Documentation (SCD), an umbrella organization for the university's libraries; Bibliothèque de Documentation Internationale Contemporaine (BDIC); and Maison Archéologie et Ethnologie, René-Ginouvès (MAE).

Looking for a solution that would enable the SCD and affiliated libraries to offer their own institutional view, search parameters, and customized relevance ranking, the University found that Primo meets all these requirements.

With about 30,000 students, teachers, researchers, and employees, Paris Ouest claims to be one of the most important French universities and offers a broad range of multidisciplinary programs. The university is known for its innovative, dynamic, and internationally open-minded educational style.

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Ex Libris and Data Planet sign agreement to include Data Planet Statistical Content in Primo Central Index
- 28 Aug 2013

Library technology solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, recently signed an agreement with Data Planet to include its extensive collections of original datasets in the Primo Central Index. More than 12,000 summary-level data records from Data-Planet will be available in the Primo Central Index, allowing all PCI users to link directly to Data-Planet Datasheets. It is expected that this number will quickly grow to more than 120,000 records.

Offered as a cloud-based service to institutions around the globe, the Primo Central Index gives users access to hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources of global and regional importance.

The Data-Planet repository of statistical content currently holds more than 5,000 datasets presented in more than two billion views of data (maps, trends, tables, rankings). The datasets are sourced from reputable public and private organisations and cover topics across 16 broad subject areas, including Agriculture; Banking, Finance, and Insurance; Criminal Justice; Education; Energy Resources and Industries; Government and Politics; Health; Housing and Construction; Industry: Commerce; International Relations; Labor; Defense, and more.

Data Planet recognized the need for a dynamic repository of officially sourced statistical data. The company embarked on making this data usable by applying standards to data that did not adhere to standards, harmonizing disparate datasets and applying descriptive information and metadata to make data more findable. The result, built over several years, is Data-Planet: a dynamic repository with the ability to ingest massive amounts of statistical data combined with descriptive content and a robust suite of visualisation, search, and analysis capabilities on a single platform.

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ProQuest’ Pivot service enhances ‘recommender service’ to make winning university research grants more efficient
- 16 Aug 2013

Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, US, has announced that its innovative Pivot service, a web-based resource that identifies active sources of funding and matches them with researchers in one step, has enhanced its "recommender service" to make it easier for users to zero in on the best opportunities and collaborators. Users can now apply facets such as funding type, requirements, and others that filter and sort the results list with greater precision.

The enhancement is one of a variety of new features that boost the ability to win grants and awards for university-based research. Other enhancements include broadened accessibility, making Pivot 508 compliant, and a ‘Curate’ feature that enables Pivot administrators to build custom lists of opportunities.

Introduced in late 2011, Pivot combines COS Funding Opportunities - a comprehensive, global source of funding - and the acclaimed profiles in COS Scholar Universe to create a unique source for matching financial support to researchers and partners. Used by more than 350 universities worldwide, Pivot provides a single online location for faculty, research administrators, managers and research development professionals to use for all funding opportunity searches, even those that rely on institution-specific data.

At the heart of Pivot's usefulness is its recommender service, which matches funding and potential collaborators. With the addition of new facets for filtering and sorting, the results list can now be more precisely matched to the university’s faculty. Likewise, potential collaborators can be honed to better fit the opportunity. Further, Pivot administrators can create lists based on custom topics that are easy to share with researchers through a permalink URL. Because they are customised by users, these "curated" lists are more targeted and complete than saved searches. Though a curated list may expand or contract, there is no need to update the link as it will take users to the most current version of the list.

Pivot is now also accessible to a broader range of users. The service has been reviewed and revised to meet the accessibility standards: Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act and Level A and AA of the WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. Organisations that require this level of accessibility support will find information on the new Accessibility page, which can be accessed from a link in the footer of all Pivot pages.

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Ex Libris in deal with publishers and aggregators to add content to Primo Central Index
- 27 Jun 2013

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, recently signed agreements with numerous content providers to include new collections in the Primo Central Index. Offered as a cloud-based service to institutions around the globe, the Primo Central Index gives users access to hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources of global and regional importance.

Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 80 countries on six continents.

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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ZHB Luzern migrates to Ex Libris cloud environment
- 22 May 2013

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek Luzern (ZHB Luzern) has adopted the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Both Primo and the library’s Aleph integrated library system (ILS) will be provided through the Ex Libris cloud environment. As the principal library for the universities in Luzern, Switzerland, ZHB Luzern required a discovery and delivery solution that would facilitate searching the multiple resources of these institutions.

Founded in 1951, the ZHB Luzern claims to be the largest library of central Switzerland and provides literature and information for research, teaching, leisure and entertainment. It serves the canton’s university, college and teacher training college, as well as a number of other educational institutions. In addition to modern media, ZHB Luzern houses valuable historical collections which stem from its forerunner libraries, the library of citizens (from 1812) and the cantonal library (from 1832).

The ZHB Luzern is part of the Informationsverbund Deutschschweiz (IDS), a consortium of German-speaking Swiss libraries.

Norway's nationwide library consortium selects Ex Libris Primo
- 20 Mar 2013

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the Norwegian national provider of library services, BIBSYS, has selected Primo for its discovery and delivery solution.

BIBSYS is a key supplier of products and services for Norwegian higher education institutions, other research institutions, public administrative institutions, and the National Library of Norway. It offers lecturers, librarians, researchers, students, and others easy access to library resources by providing a variety of search options as well as simple loan and order functions.

Rather than creating a home grown search interface, BIBSYS decided to look into commercial systems. BIBSYS selected the Primo discovery and delivery solution after an evaluation process in which the Ex Libris solution's ability to integrate with existing systems and accommodate local data was clearly demonstrated along with other differentiators.

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SwetsWise Online Content e-journal gateway now fully searchable via the Primo Central Index
- 15 Mar 2013

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that following an agreement with Swets, a developer of innovative content management services for libraries and publishers, mutual customers will be able to search the SwetsWise Online Content e-journal gateway via the Primo Central Index of scholarly electronic materials.

SwetsWise Online Content covers the metadata and abstracts of over 40 million articles and 14,500 full-text scientific periodicals from more than 5,700 publishers. The Primo Central Index, provided as a cloud-based service to hundreds of libraries around the globe, is an integral part of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution.

As a one-stop service, Primo enables users to fulfill their information needs by exploring their library's locally managed collections along with global and regional resources indexed in Primo Central, and to obtain one blended, relevance-ranked result list.

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University of Nebraska Omaha becomes 100th institution to implement OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services
- 07 Mar 2013

Library information provider OCLC, US, has announced that the University of Nebraska Omaha is now live with OCLC WorldShare Management Services. The University of Nebraska Omaha is 100th institution worldwide to fully implement the new Web-based, cooperative library management and discovery services.

WorldShare Management Services provide a Web-based environment that streamlines cataloguing, acquisitions, license management and circulation workflows, and offers the WorldCat Local discovery service for library users. WorldShare Management Services (WMS) were released for general availability in the US in July 2011. Twenty months later, 100 libraries on three continents - Australia, Europe and North America - are already using the services and some 65 more are in the implementation process to begin using the services in the future.

Working together with WorldShare Management Services, libraries can share data, applications and workflow improvements with peer institutions, end users and partners. Since WorldShare Management Services are built on an open, collaborative platform, libraries can add the features and functions needed to support their unique communities. Libraries without development resources can take advantage of applications developed by others in the library community.

That spirit of cooperation in the WMS community was a key to the decision to move to WorldShare. The move to WorldShare Management Services has already generated cost and time savings for the Criss Library. According to Steve Shorb, Dean of the Criss Library at the University of Nebraska Omaha, the move has helped the library to acquire 300,000 e-book titles for the campus, and in the future they plan to reallocate library staff to create an institutional repository for the university.

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OCLC and ProQuest announce data exchange programme to enhance library discovery
- 01 Mar 2013

Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, US, and library information provider OCLC, US, have announced the launch of a far-reaching data exchange programme that will enhance the library discovery experience for users of OCLC's WorldCat Local service, ProQuest's Summon service, the full-text of ProQuest Central and ebrary e-books. The programme shares metadata across some of the world's most-widely used library resources, enriching the discoverability and comprehensiveness of all the services.

Once the data exchange is completed, libraries that subscribe to both WorldCat Local and ProQuest Central or that own any ebrary content will be able to discover ProQuest records and access associated content through the WorldCat Local interface. Further, the exchange will enhance the discoverability of catalogue records in the Summon service, creating the potential for libraries to view other institutions' WorldCat holdings information within the Summon experience.

ProQuest Central is the largest, multidisciplinary, full-text database available in the market. This resource provides access to 27 of ProQuest's most highly used databases, with a variety of content types across over 160 subjects, making this the broadest single research resource in the world.

WorldCat claims to be the world's largest database of bibliographic information built continuously by OCLC and libraries around the world since 1971. Each record in the WorldCat database contains a bibliographic description of a single item or work and a list of institutions that hold the item. Institutions share these records, using them to create local catalogues, arrange interlibrary loans and conduct reference work. Since 1971, more than 280 million records have been added to WorldCat, spanning more than 6,000 years of recorded knowledge.

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ProQuest to digitise 70,000 volumes from BnF's collection of European books as part of Early European Books programme
- 29 Jan 2013

Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, US, and the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) in Paris are joining forces to expand access to the Library's rich historical treasures. As part of its Early European Books programme, ProQuest will digitise about 70,000 volumes from BnF's collection of European books printed before 1700. The collection, which is world renowned for its breadth and quality, includes 3,000 works printed before 1501, providing researchers with simple, online insight into early European history and culture.

The BnF's collection is vast and wide-ranging, containing many rare or obscure texts on subjects from literature and history to science and engineering, from law to aesthetics and art criticism, from politics to philosophy and theology. The books themselves come in many forms, with popular chapbooks (which were widely distributed but rarely preserved) at one end of the spectrum and luxury editions aimed at a wealthy, courtly audience at the other.

The BnF is the fifth major library to participate in ProQuest's Early European Books. The company launched the initiative with the Danish Royal Library, Copenhagen and the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze in Italy. Digitisation operations are currently also underway at the National Library of the Netherlands and at the Wellcome Library in London. In each case, ProQuest has set up a scanning studio on site at the library and uses state-of-the-art technology to create high-definition colour images of every page, including the often-lavish bindings and covers.

Through the Early European Books project, ProQuest is building an increasingly comprehensive survey of printing in Europe to 1700 by digitising and bringing together the holdings of major rare book libraries.

Early European Books collections are available for purchase by libraries worldwide and are delivered via a multilingual interface which allows powerful searching of the detailed indexing, as well as cross-searching of the well-known Early English Books Online database, with its facsimiles of 125,000 books printed in English or in the British Isles between 1473 and 1700. Books from the Bibliothèque nationale de France will be included in a number of Early European Books collections, starting with the newly released Collection IV.

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Ex Libris launches self-registration service, expands support for OA
- 28 Jan 2013

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has launched a self-registration service enabling institutions to easily add the contents of their institutional repository (IR) to the Primo Central Index of scholarly electronic materials and thus expand the breadth of IR content in the index.

Institutional repositories play a key role in the open access movement. They often contain articles that are as yet unpublished or are freely available in the repository as part of an institution's green open access mandate. Once indexed in Primo Central, this content becomes widely discoverable to users in over 1300 institutions, thereby significantly increasing the usage and impact of an institution's research output.

Institutional repositories contain a wealth of otherwise hard-to-find material such as research data, manuscripts, and course notes. It is expected that this new initiative will benefit institutions, researchers, and users of scholarly material - who will enjoy timely and easy access to material they might not have found otherwise - and, as a result, will further the open access movement itself.

Registration of institutional repositories in Primo Central is another strand of the company's open access strategy. Ex Libris endorses both green and gold open access methods and is involved in a number of initiatives to maximize the visibility of open access materials, including exposing the availability of open access articles that are published in subscription journals (hybrid journals).

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OCLC and Gale expand partnership
- 24 Jan 2013

Library information provider OCLC, US, and Gale, part of Cengage Learning, have agreed to make all Gale databases and archives fully discoverable through WorldCat Local, and to explore broadening discoverability of Gale collections through other applications available through the OCLC WorldShare Platform.

OCLC and Gale have been offering access to some of Gale's most popular databases to mutual subscribers through the WorldCat Local discovery and delivery service. This new agreement will enable OCLC to index metadata and full text for all Gale databases and scholarly archives and make them discoverable through WorldCat Local for mutual subscribers.

In addition, Gale and OCLC will identify metadata that could be made discoverable to any user through OCLC WorldShare Platform applications, making it possible for libraries to better manage these resources - from selection and acquisition, to circulation and access.

Gale will work with OCLC to register all its collections, including the Gale Virtual Reference Library platform and the Gale In Context collections, within the OCLC WorldShare Platform. Gale and OCLC will index for discovery of all full text associated with e-books and periodicals in the collections. Gale will provide OCLC with updated Gale Knowledge Base profiles and library holdings information for all collections, making them fully discoverable and easily accessible to mutual subscribers.

Gale and OCLC will also identify metadata from these collections that can be made discoverable to users around the world through WorldCat.org, the OCLC website that offers access to the global catalogue for discovery of library materials.

The OCLC WorldShare Platform is a global, interconnected Web architecture that supports OCLC services and applications, and provides flexible, open access to library data through APIs and other Web services. Libraries, developers and partners can use this data to build and share applications that streamline and enhance their local library workflows. Adding metadata from Gale databases and archives to the WorldCat knowledge base enhances the ability of library staff to select, acquire and manage their Gale content, using both OCLC applications and other applications in their workflow.

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ARL to host Library Assessment Forum at ALA Midwinter Meeting
- 21 Jan 2013

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) will host a Library Assessment Forum at the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting, featuring LibValue research conducted at the University of Tennessee. The forum will be held on January 25, 2013, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the Sheraton Seattle’s Ravenna Room. No registration is necessary to attend this event.

In a panel presentation, Steven Smith, Regina Mays, and Teresa Walker from the University of Tennessee will discuss their efforts to demonstrate the value of the library with the LibValue project. Steven Smith, professor and dean of libraries, will discuss how the value and return on investment studies are used from the perspective of a dean. Regina Mays, assistant professor and assessment librarian, will discuss her perspective on LibValue from a practitioner/assessment librarian’s point of view. Teresa Walker, associate professor and head of integrated user services, will demonstrate how the LibValue work has been used to assess student success in relation to the use of the learning commons environment.

The Library Assessment Forum will conclude with an overview of the recent Library Assessment Conference held in Charlottesville and a discussion of plans for the 2014 Library Assessment Conference scheduled to take place August 4–6, 2014, in Seattle.

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University of Adelaide’s Barr Smith Library selects Ex Libris Primo
- 18 Jan 2013

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group has announced that the Barr Smith Library of the University of Adelaide has adopted the Primo discovery and delivery solution. A member of Australia's Group of Eight (GO8) research universities, Adelaide joins over 1200 sites that have opted for the Primo discovery solution.

University Librarian Ray Choate emphasised that this was an enterprise-level decision for the University and was based on a number of major considerations. Primo will enable students and researchers to discover the full range of library resources via a single search, with the option to personalise the ranking of results. The solution will play a pivotal role in fulfilling the learning and educational objectives of the University's new strategic plan, which emphasises small group learning and individual research projects, requiring enriched discovery of diverse library resources.

Primo is also a component for implementing the Ex Libris next-generation Alma SaaS library management solution in 2014 as part of the University's participation in the Alma collaborative partner programme.

It is expected that Primo will enhance users' research experience by integrating library services into the discovery interface. Users will be able to fulfill their library needs - whether recalling a book on loan, renewing a borrowed item, or opening an electronic journal article - directly from Primo.

Association of Research Libraries releases second report in the New Roles for New Times series
- 21 Dec 2012

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released Research Library Services for Graduate Students (PDF), the second report in the New Roles for New Times series. This series highlights the transformation of the library workforce to address new challenges for research libraries in serving 21st-century students, educators, scholars and researchers.

The new report, written by Lucinda Covert-Vail and Scott Collard, both from New York University (NYU) Libraries, presents findings from interviews and other research into the current state of graduate student programming in primarily ARL libraries. The authors provide several recommendations for serving graduate students more effectively in a demonstrably changing higher education landscape.

The report proposes that the growing number, and heterogeneity, of graduate students and programs presents opportunities for research libraries to provide segmented services targeted for students at different stages of their academic and demographic life-cycle. Through their interviews, Covert-Vail and Collard found an enthusiasm for a broad range of new services, from advanced data manipulation and visualization to softer skills-based instruction in time management and writer's block. They also report that new configurations of library space, housing aggregated services into research or scholarly commons, for example, can both create and leverage collaborations within the larger institution.

Finally, the authors present different strategies for staffing graduate student services, from dedicated positions and committees to more loosely structured teams comprising subject liaisons, technologists, data librarians, and others, who work together to deliver a suite of complex solutions to meet the needs of graduate students in research institutions. This report is freely available for download from ARL's New Roles for New Times website.

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OECD iLibrary offers Read service for access to content via mobile devices
- 20 Nov 2012

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) has launched the Read service on its global knowledge platform, OECD iLibrary. With this service, anyone, anywhere can access OECD full-text content, right down to the level of individual chapters and tables. Read content is optimised for browser-enabled mobile devices and can be read online wherever there is an Internet connection. They are also shareable and embeddable.

With tablets likely to displace laptops and desktops as the main reading device for many patrons in the coming years, adding a tablet-friendly version to OECD iLibrary means the needs of librarians are met too. Patrons can expect to discover, share and use subscribed OECD resources more easily, encouraging usage. Sharing OECD knowledge with class and colleagues is simpler than ever, thanks to the social media tools included. Use of Read content is fully aggregated in the COUNTER statistics provided to registered institutions.

The Read service is seen to demonstrate OECD's continuing commitment to making its content accessible for all, whether at a subscribing institution or not. Using Read, anyone can fact-check and access OECD full-text material. OECD iLibrary is stated to be delivering more and more OECD knowledge, with downloads 40 percent higher than last year. Now, with the introduction of Read on OECD iLibrary, OECD knowledge is not only accessible for everyone, but shareable too.

EBSCO papers describe results of academic information supply chain survey
- 16 Nov 2012

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Information Services Europe has released a series of five papers reporting the results of a survey on the future of the academic information supply chain.

The papers reportedly cover diverse subjects and reveal some surprising insights into possible future roles for libraries, as well as others in the academic information supply chain. Respondents to the survey share opinions on new and emerging technologies; changing research practices; trends in user behaviour/expectations; and views on a variety of access and business models.

Budgetary pressures are seen to have a significant impact across all areas of the supply chain, but some respondents feel this can be used to drive innovation. Other future forces for change include open access; mobile technology; and the importance of China, India and other emerging economies in shaping publishers' activities.

The papers include "The Future Role of the Academic Library", "Access to Content: Now and in the Future", "The Impact of Open Access" "The Role of Subscription Agents" and "Future Forces for Change".

In conducting this survey, EBSCO and Red Sage Consulting sought opinions from 141 individuals involved in the academic publishing industry. A total of 98 librarians, consortia representatives, publishers, agents/intermediaries and others in the industry shared their views on the future of the academic information supply chain.

EBSCO provides print and online resource management tools and related services. Red Sage Consulting, owned by Sarah Durrant, provides research, business development, coaching, mentoring and training services.

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Ex Libris Primo Central Index to cover Taylor & Francis content
- 10 Oct 2012

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that the Ex Libris Primo Central Index will soon be covering the metadata and full text of all journal content on the Taylor & Francis Online platform and in the Taylor & Francis Open programme.

A number of other information providers have recently signed agreements with Ex Libris to enable the Primo Central Index to search their content or to extend the content that is already available for Primo Central searches. These providers include Johns Hopkins University Press (the Press's Project MUSE e-books), SAI Global, Palgrave Macmillan (journals), Plunkett Research, CQ Press, Versita Publishing (Versita open-access journals), and Bridgeman Education.

The Primo Central Index, a cloud-based service adopted by hundreds of libraries around the globe, is an integral part of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. As a one-stop service, the Primo solution enables users to fulfill their information needs by exploring both their library's locally managed collections and the global and regional resources indexed in Primo Central and to obtain one blended, relevance-ranked result list.

Center for the History of Medicine and MPublishing collaborate to launch digital influenza archives
- 08 Oct 2012

The University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine, in partnership with the U-M Library's MPublishing division, has announced the release of The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: A Digital Encyclopedia, an original, open access digital collection of archival, primary, and interpretive materials related to the history of the 1918-1919 influenza epidemic in the US.

The collection, located at www.influenzaarchive.org, contains more than 16,000 digitised documents - correspondence, minutes of organisation and group meetings, reports from agencies and charities, newspaper accounts, military records, diaries, photographs, and more. Additionally, it also contains interpretive materials contributed by scholars of history and public health.

The digital encyclopaedia is the culmination of more than five years of the Center's ongoing research in collaboration with the Global Migration and Quarantine Division of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

MPublishing worked with the Center for the History of Medicine to create the underlying architecture of the digital encyclopaedia, as well as its functionality and user interface.

The U-M Library has been leading library digitisation and digital publishing since the 1995 'Making of America' project. Its 2004 partnership with Google to digitise its collection laid the groundwork for HathiTrust, an inter-institutional digital library of over ten million volumes, about 30 percent of which are freely available online.

Funding for this digital project was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, including the 'We the People' designation acknowledging the Center's efforts to enrich the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture.

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OCLC unveils WorldShare Metadata functionality for improved management of e-resources
- 14 Sep 2012

Library information provider OCLC, US, has introduced a new OCLC WorldShare Metadata collection management functionality. This is projected to offer more efficient ways for libraries to manage electronic resources and improve user access to valuable collections.

WorldShare Metadata collection management automatically delivers WorldCat MARC records for electronic materials and ensures the metadata and access URLs for these collections are continually updated. This is expected to provide library users with better access to these materials, and library staff with more time for other priorities.

OCLC worked with libraries in North America to beta test the new functionality as part of OCLC WorldShare Metadata services. Pilots of the new functionality are planned in different regions around the world. Libraries use the collection management functionality to define and configure e-book and other electronic collections in the WorldCat knowledge base.

They then automatically receive initial and updated, customised WorldCat MARC records for all e-titles from one source. With the combination of WorldCat knowledge base holdings, WorldCat holdings and WorldCat MARC records, library users gain access to the same set of titles and content in WorldCat Local, WorldCat.org, the local library catalogue or other discovery interfaces.

OCLC WorldShare Metadata collection management services are available to all libraries with an OCLC cataloging subscription and work with other components of OCLC WorldShare Management Services as well as other library systems.

OCLC is conducting free webinars to explain more about the new functionality. Those who are interested can plan to attend one of the webinar sessions which are scheduled on September 18 and September 20 at 3:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern Time.

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Ex Libris’ Primo Central Index to cover metadata from research data published by Australian National Data Service
- 13 Sep 2012

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has reached an agreement with the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) to syndicate the metadata of the research data that ANDS stores and makes accessible to researchers. This agreement is part of the Ex Libris initiative to expand the indexing of research data in Primo Central.

ANDS is transforming Australia's research data environment by managing and connecting data, enabling the discovery of this data, and supporting its reuse. The organisation aims to promote richer, more accountable research; a more efficient use of research data; and improved provision of data to support policy development.

The Australian National Data Service is building the Australian Research Data Commons: a cohesive collection of research resources from all research institutions, to make better use of Australia's research data outputs. Research Data Australia, ANDS' flagship service, provides a comprehensive window into the Australian Research Data Commons. It is an Internet-based discovery service designed to provide rich connections between data, projects, researchers, and institutions and promote visibility of Australian research data collections in search engines.

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OCLC and Europeana agree on approach for member libraries to contribute metadata to Europeana.eu portal
- 05 Sep 2012

Library information provider OCLC, US, and Europeana, the provider of Europe's digital library, have worked together on an approach that will enable OCLC member institutions to contribute metadata derived from OCLC's WorldCat database to the Europeana.eu portal in a manner that is consistent with OCLC's WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities for the OCLC Cooperative.

This agreement aims to dispel concerns that OCLC's policies around metadata in its WorldCat database are an obstacle to complying with the terms of the Europeana Data Exchange Agreement (DEA), which places all metadata contributed to Europeana.eu in the public domain, using the Creative Commons Zero Public Domain Dedication license. While OCLC makes no intellectual property claims to individual metadata records in WorldCat, it asserts a copyright claim over the WorldCat database as a whole - which created uncertainty over contributions to Europeana.eu by members of the cooperative. Nevertheless, OCLC wishes to support participation in Europeana by its member libraries given the significance of Europeana.

In response to these concerns, OCLC requested and Europeana agreed to ask subsequent users of the metadata to give attribution to both OCLC and to the contributing institution as the source, and to make them aware of the OCLC cooperative’s community norms around data.

OCLC will continue to publicize its cooperative norms and provide advice and support to members of the cooperative who contribute metadata, while Europeana will actively encourage re-users of the metadata to uphold the aforementioned Usage Guidelines for Metadata.

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Wyoming Community Colleges select Ex Libris’ Primo solution to provide unified search experience
- 04 Sep 2012

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced the selection of the Primo discovery and delivery solution, bX Recommender, and SFX link resolver by Wyoming Community Colleges. Wyoming joins other states including Virginia, Florida, Hawaii, and Wisconsin where community colleges have adopted Primo statewide.

After a thorough evaluation of the discovery service landscape, Wyoming's seven-college consortium chose Primo for its advanced functionality, in particular its ScholarRank relevance ranking, the scholarly article recommendations from bX, and the solution's flexibility in accommodating complex consortial needs.

Wyoming Community Colleges provide lifelong learning environments through higher education, workforce development, innovative partnerships, and civic and global engagement that lead to economic, social and cultural prosperity. The seven community colleges in Wyoming account for more than two-thirds of all undergraduate credit enrollments in the state.

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Tilburg University opts for OCLC WorldCat Local discovery service
- 30 Aug 2012

Library information provider OCLC, US, has announced that Tilburg University, in the Netherlands, has gone live with WorldCat Local, the company's cloud-based discovery and delivery service that allow users to search their library's collection along with the collections of thousands of other libraries worldwide. With the launch of WorldCat Local, Tilburg University has chosen to focus first on the most user-critical service while taking a significant step toward migration of its entire library management workflow to the cloud with the adoption of OCLC WorldShare Management Services.

Students and faculty can now quickly and easily find and get materials they need through WorldCat Local, the discovery tool that offers a single search box to find what they need in Tilburg University Library as well as in the collections of other libraries around the world. With the University's collections already present in WorldCat, the configuration of its electronic collections in the WorldCat knowledge base further facilitates the discovery and delivery of electronic resources. This has provided the foundation for the next stage in its migration.

WorldCat Local can be a stand-alone service, or part of WorldShare Management Services, OCLC's new cloud-based library management services that provide tools to improve library workflows, reduce costs and offer new opportunities for collaboration. In the United States, there are currently 60 libraries already using the new WorldShare Management Services. In Australia, 12 libraries have started piloting the services.

OCLC has recently opened new data centers in London, Toronto and Sydney, in addition to the two that already exist in the United States, to serve libraries around the world interested in using the cloud-based services. Another data center in continental Europe is planned.

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University library of Skövde selects WorldCat Local
- 10 Aug 2012

OCLC, a US-based non-profit, membership, computer library service and research organisation, has announced that the University library of Skövde has selected WorldCat Local as its new discovery service. University library of Skövde is the first university library in Sweden to use OCLC's integrated solution for discovery of electronic, digital and print materials. The University plans to complete the first implementation phase of WorldCat Local at the start of the academic year in September.

The University was looking for a cost-effective solution with an extensive central index and comprehensive coverage of its holdings to provide students with fast and easy access to the library's electronic materials - more than 15,000 e-journal titles and more than 70,000 e-books.

After the university's records are loaded into WorldCat later in the year, print and digital materials will also be available for discovery in one single search and result set together with electronic publications. In addition to the discovery service, the WorldCat Local solution also provides a knowledge base and link resolver.

The University library of Skövde is planning to translate the interface into Swedish, which will make the Swedish WorldCat Local interface available to other Swedish institutions and users that are part of the OCLC worldwide cooperative.

By loading University library of Skövde records into WorldCat, its students and staff get quick, easy access to these materials via WorldCat Local, and other researchers and students around the world have the opportunity to discover these materials via WorldCat.org.

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American Library Association releases 'Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries' report
- 09 Aug 2012

The American Library Association (ALA) has released 'Ebook Business Models for Public Libraries (PDF),' a report that describes general features and attributes of the current e-book environment and outlines constraints and restrictions of current business models. The report, which was created by the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group (DCWG), is based on conversations with publishers and deliberations on the e-book market. It suggests opportunities for publishers to showcase content through public libraries.

The DCWG recommends three basic attributes that should be found in any business model for e-books. This includes inclusion of all titles, enduring rights and integration.

Nationwide, many libraries are facing constraints from publishers on how e-books can be used, including: perpetuating the print model of one user per e-book license purchased; limiting the number of loans; variable pricing; delayed sale; and restrictions on consortial or interlibrary loans. Alternately, opportunities for publishers might include enhanced discovery, readers' advisory, or even a major new sales channel for library patrons.

The DCWG has developed a number of other resources about e-books, such as its first 'Tip Sheet (PDF),' which is on digital rights management, and an E-Content Supplement to American Libraries magazine.

The DCWG will continue its advocacy on e-book business models for public libraries as it increases its focus on other aspects of e-books such as the school library market and accessibility issues.

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RERO Consortium in Switzerland opts for Ex Libris Primo
- 27 Jun 2012

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that the Library Network of Western Switzerland (RERO) has selected the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. The network includes the universities of Geneva, Fribourg, Lausanne, and Neuchâtel; the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Western Switzerland; and four colleges of education. Primo will complement the network’s current Ex Libris solutions - the SFX OpenURL link resolver and the MetaLib federated search system.

Following a thorough evaluation of commercial discovery products, RERO chose Primo for its international reputation in academic institutions and unmatched flexibility in consortial implementations.

RERO, an acronym for Réseau Romand (French-speaking Network), is the network of libraries in western Switzerland. Founded more than 25 years ago following the decision by several major libraries to collaborate, RERO now includes most academic, public, heritage, and special libraries in the cantons of Geneva, Fribourg, Jura, Neuchâtel, Valais, and Vaud, as well as the Courts of Confederation (2 of the included cantons are bilingual French-German). RERO manages a catalogue of about 240 libraries serving over 280,000 registered readers and 50,000 students in four institutions of higher education (the universities of Geneva, Fribourg, Lausanne, and Neuchatel); the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO); and teacher training colleges (Vaud, Valais, Fribourg, and BEJUNE).

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OCLC signs up more publishers to expand content on WorldCat Local
- 25 Jun 2012

OCLC, a US-based nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organisation, has signed new agreements with global publishers and has added a list of new collections to WorldCat Local. The OCLC discovery and delivery service offers users integrated access to more than 969 million items.

The content providers are expected to add valuable new collections including some searchable full text to WorldCat Local, WorldCat.org and OCLC WorldShare Management Services. They include Adam Matthew Publications, Boom Uitgevers, Expert Reviews, Future Medicine, Future Science, Universitetsforlaget, Intelecom Intelligent Telecommunications, John Wiley & Sons, L'Année philologique on the Internet, Museo Galileo - Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Palgrave MacMillan, and World Scientific Publishing Company.

OCLC continues to negotiate access to critical library content on behalf of the cooperative to ensure access to libraries’ most popular resources. A complete list of databases and collections available through WorldCat Local from these and other publishers is available online at http://www.oclc.org/news/releases/2012/201241.htm

University of Hawaii System selects Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solutions
- 20 Jun 2012

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that the University of Hawaii System (UH), which consists of 10 universities and colleges, has adopted the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, the Primo Central Index of scholarly electronic resources the bX Article Recommender, and the SFX OpenURL link resolver.

With the Ex Libris Voyager integrated library system already in use, the consortium has added Primo to provide its students and faculty with a superior discovery platform. Users will now be able to access library services, such as requests, loans, and account updates, directly from the search interface.

With its diverse member institutions, UH considered Primo’s built-in capabilities for consortia particularly important. The Primo configuration options range from centralised control to total independence for member libraries. With the latter configuration, each library can select its own settings for search options, result boosting, the user interface, the calculation of item availability, and delivery options. UH will, therefore, be able to create a common discovery platform while preserving institutional branding and preferences. Primo also enables each member institution to integrate the discovery layer with its local systems and digital repositories.

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SAGE report offers recommendations for academic libraries to enhance offerings
- 20 Jun 2012

Academic publisher SAGE has released the findings of a new report, according to which, providing evidence of value remains an elusive goal for academic libraries across geographic borders. The findings are the results of a six-month research project commissioned by SAGE, which sets out recommendations for academic libraries to enhance their working relationship with academic teaching and research staff.

‘Working together: evolving value for academic libraries’ was undertaken by LISU, a national research and information centre based in the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University (UK).

Findings from three geographic areas, the US, UK and Scandinavia, indicated that there is no systematic evidence of the value of academic libraries for teaching and research staff. Despite this, librarians noted that they receive positive feedback about the support the library provides, but there is a perception that academic staff do not really know how to use all that the library can offer.

The findings are based on eight case studies: in the US at Purdue University, Towson University, University of Utah and Wake Forest University; in the UK at the University of Nottingham and University of Sussex; and in Scandinavia at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and Oslo and Akerhus University College, Norway. Additionally, a survey was undertaken by 630 librarians in the same regions to compare findings.

Outlined in the report are three key issues identified by librarians as being central to working together with faculty. These are: value measurement and perception; working together with researchers and teachers; and raising awareness about library products and services. The report sets out examples of best practice and makes a series of recommendations for libraries and university management to improve the perceived value of academic libraries with teaching and research staff.

German library consortium’s union catalogue now fully searchable via Primo Central
- 07 Jun 2012

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that the German library consortium Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund (Common Library Network, or GBV) will now offer its users online access to its extensive union catalogue via the Primo Central Index of scholarly e-content.

Comprising over 34 million library records, GBV’s union catalogue (GVK) holds valuable content from many academic fields, particularly natural sciences, the humanities and mathematics. The GBV consortium consists of more than 430 academic, public and research libraries in seven German states.

The Primo Central Index, offered as a cloud-based service to hundreds of libraries around the globe, is an integral part of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. As a one-stop service, Primo enables users to fulfill their information needs by exploring their library’s locally managed collections along with global and regional resources indexed in Primo Central, and to obtain one blended, relevance-ranked result list.

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New ALA report examines critical issues underlying equitable access to digital content
- 24 May 2012

The American Library Association (ALA) has released a new report examining critical issues underlying equitable access to digital content through the nation's libraries. In the report, titled 'E-content: The Digital Dialogue,' authors explore an unprecedented and splintered landscape in which several major publishers refuse to sell e-books to libraries; proprietary platforms fragment cultural record; and reader privacy is endangered.

The report, published as a supplement to American Libraries magazine, explores various licensing models and the state of librarian-publisher relations. Additionally, the report provides an update on the ALA-wide effort to promote access to digital content, co-chaired by Robert Wolven, associate university librarian at Columbia University, and Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. The effort includes meeting with publishers, distributors and other important stakeholders; championing public advocacy, and writing position papers that advance practical business models without compromising library values.

'E-content: The Digital Dialogue' identifies a number of ways libraries and publishers can collaborate to lessen the digital content divide.

After detailing his conversations with a reader, writer, publisher and bookseller, Douglas County Public Library Director James LaRue also asks librarians to 'rethink,' and lays out directions to pursue, including an updated legal framework, new content management models and partnership opportunities with other stakeholders in the reading ecosystem.

Lisa Long Hickman, sales and marketing manager of Dzanc Books, argues for open lines of communication to enable fair play, and Deborah Caldwell-Stone deputy director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, urges proactive steps to protect library users' privacy rights.

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Ex Libris’ Primo Central Index to cover the Kotar Library and RAMBI
- 18 May 2012

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that the Kotar online library and RAMBI, the Index of Articles on Jewish Studies, have made their content searchable in the Primo Central Index.

The Primo Central Index, offered as a cloud-based service to hundreds of libraries around the globe, is an integral part of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. As a one-stop service, Primo enables users to fulfill their information needs by exploring their library's locally managed collections along with global and regional resources indexed in Primo Central, and to obtain one blended, relevance-ranked result list.

Kotar is an innovative combination of a digital library of e-books published in Hebrew and a customised work environment, which has been developed by Israel's Center for Educational Technology in collaboration with the country's leading publishers. The full text of Kotar's e-book and journal collections is now indexed in Primo Central.

RAMBI is a selective bibliography of scholarly articles in all fields of Jewish studies, the history and geography of the Land of Israel and the State of Israel. Material in RAMBI is compiled from thousands of periodicals and collections in Hebrew, Yiddish, and European languages and is drawn mainly from the collections of the National Library of Israel.

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IMLS report explores role of libraries and museums in participatory culture
- 17 May 2012

The US’ Salzburg Global Seminar and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) have announced the publication of a report titled ‘Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture.’ The report details the events of the October 2011 convening of 58 library, museum and cultural heritage leaders from 31 countries. Together, the participants developed a set of recommendations to help libraries and museums embrace new possibilities for public engagement that are made possible by societal and technological change.

The deliberations identified ‘imperatives for the future’ including accepting the notion of democratic access, placing a major emphasis on public value and impact, and embracing lifelong learning.

Building on the IMLS initiative, “The Future of Museums and Libraries”, as well as on past museum and library sessions convened by the Salzburg Global Seminar, this session brought together library and museum leaders, cultural and educational policymakers, cultural sector researchers, representatives of library and museum education programs, technology experts, sociologists, journalists and library and museum associations.

The report has sought to capture rich perspectives about the changing roles and responsibilities of libraries and museums. The publication describes each of the five plenary sessions and the working group recommendations that resulted from them: culture and communities; learning transformed; building the skills of library and museum professionals; and demonstrating public value. It includes descriptions of innovative case studies from around the globe and a summary of the concluding keynote lecture given by Vishakha Desia, president and chief executive officer of the Asia Society.

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National University selects Ex Libris’ Alma and Primo services
- 10 May 2012

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has been selected by the National University to provide next-generation library management and discovery services through the Alma unified resource-management system and the Primo unified discovery and delivery system.

As a one-stop service, Primo enables users to fulfill their information needs by exploring their library’s locally managed collections along with global and regional resources, and to obtain a single result list sorted by the Ex Libris advanced ScholarRank relevance-ranking technology.

National University will consolidate its library systems with Alma, replacing a number of legacy systems, including SirsiDynix Unicorn and the Serials Solutions 360 Link and 360 Resource Manager solutions. Delivered as a cloud service, Alma enables libraries to focus their resources on supporting the institution’s teaching and research missions. Alma unifies workflows across print, electronic, and digital resources and helps libraries increase their efficiency through data sharing and collaboration.

National University is the first academic member of the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) to select Alma. As a new Primo site, National joins other SCELC institutions in the Primo customer community, including the Claremont Colleges, Santa Clara University, and the Master’s College.

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Ex Libris endorses global open metadata initiatives
- 08 May 2012

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that it will include the Harvard Library's catalogue records in the Ex Libris Alma Community Catalog, and Harvard's Digital Access to Scholarship (DASH) article repository in the Primo Central Index of scholarly content. Endorsing the recommendations of the Alma Community Zone advisory group, Ex Libris will make the content from the Harvard Library open and available to the growing international community of Ex Libris customers.

The news from Harvard Library follows the October 2011 announcement by the Conference of European National Libraries (CENL) and Europeana, Europe's digital library, that they are adopting CC0, a Creative Commons tool for waiving copyright protection, thus making the content of their 49-member national libraries available to the public and further supporting the recommendations of the Alma Community Zone advisory group. Ex Libris Alma and Primo provide an ideal platform for collaboration between libraries and the sharing of library content through open metadata principles, as exemplified by Harvard and the European consortia.

Ex Libris applauds this move by Harvard and joins many in the library community in encouraging others to follow suit.

Academic and research libraries in Europe select Ex Libris’ Primo discovery and delivery solution
- 03 May 2012

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that numerous academic and research libraries in Europe have selected the Primo discovery and delivery solution. In addition, several existing customers have supplemented their Primo offering with the Primo Central Index and the bX Recommender, while other institutions have expanded their successful Primo implementations.

The new Primo sites include the University of Liège (Belgium); Interuniversity Library of Cujas (France); Fraunhofer Society (a research association with 60 affiliated institutes in Germany); University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany); University of Oldenburg (Germany); State Library of Oldenburg (Germany); Jade University of Applied Sciences (Germany); Anglia Ruskin University (UK); Buckinghamshire New University (UK); University of Bath (UK); and University of Northampton (UK).

The Consortium of Icelandic Libraries, a Primo customer since 2009, recently added the Primo Central Index of scholarly electronic resources and the bX Recommender service to its Primo installation. Leipzig University and nine affiliated institutions, which use an open-source discovery system, have also adopted Primo Central and the bX Recommender.

In addition, as a result of their successful experience with Primo over the past three years, ETH-Bibliothek in Zurich and the Austrian Library Network and Services Ltd. (OBVSG) consortium in Austria have expanded their Primo licenses to include all their member institutions.

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Scholarly content from RMIT Publishing’s diverse collections searchable in Ex Libris’ Primo Central Index
- 03 Apr 2012

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that RMIT Publishing has made additional scholarly content from its diverse collections searchable in the Primo Central Index. Under the agreement, Ex Libris will index a further 78 abstract and indexing (A&I) databases that cover agriculture, the arts, Asian studies, business, education, engineering, health, history, law, media, the sciences, the social sciences, and technology.

Offered as a cloud-based service to hundreds of libraries around the globe, the Primo Central Index is an integral part of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. As a one-stop service, Primo enables users to fulfill their information needs by exploring their library’s locally managed collections along with global and regional resources indexed in Primo Central, and to obtain one blended, relevance-ranked result list.

RMIT Publishing is a provider of online research content from Australia, New Zealand, and the Asia-Pacific region, offered through the company’s Informit search platform and online databases. Regarded as the natural home of authoritative regional content for over 20 years, RMIT Publishing was first established in 1989 within the library at RMIT University, with the mission to improve the accessibility, visibility, and preservation of regional content.

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OCLC in deal with publishers to add more content and collections to WorldCat Local
- 27 Feb 2012

Global library cooperative OCLC, US, has signed new agreements with leading publishers worldwide and has added important new content and collections to WorldCat Local, the OCLC discovery and delivery service that offers users integrated access to more than 922 million items.

WorldCat Local offers access to books, journals and databases from a variety of publishers and content providers from around the world; the digital collections of groups like HathiTrust and Google Books; open access materials, such as the OAIster collection; and the collective resources of libraries worldwide through WorldCat. WorldCat Local is available as a stand-alone discovery and delivery service, and as part of OCLC WorldShare Management Services. Through WorldCat Local, users have access to more than 1,700 databases and collections, and more than 650 million articles.

OCLC recently signed agreements with content providers to add important new collections - including some searchable full text - to WorldCat Local, WorldCat.org and OCLC WorldShare Management Services. These content providers include: US-based Alexander Street Press and The Philosophy Documentation Center; UK-based IOP Publishing, Rock’s Backpages, Royal Society of Chemistry's RSC Publishing division and The Taylor & Francis Group; Netherlands-based STM publisher Elsevier; Belgium-based Brepols Publishers; Denmark-based Nordic Council of Ministers (Norden); and South Africa-based Sabinet.

OCLC continues to negotiate access to critical library content on behalf of the cooperative to ensure access to libraries’ most popular resources. A complete list of databases and collections available through WorldCat Local from these and other publishers is available online.

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Cairn.info content now available via Ex Libris' Primo Central index
- 23 Feb 2012

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that Cairn.info has joined the rapidly expanding group of information providers whose scholarly content is searchable in the Primo Central Index.

The Cairn.info platform contains top French, Belgian, and Swiss academic journals in the fields of literature, linguistics, philosophy, history, sociology, economics, political science, education, psychology, geography, and others. More than 80 publishers participate in the platform, including Armand Colin, Belin, Les Belles Lettres, Dalloz, La Documentation française, Éditions La Découverte, Les Éditions de l'EHESS, Éditions Gallimard, Les Éditions de Minuit, Éditions du Seuil, ESKA, L'Harmattan, Klincksieck, Presses de Sciences Po, Presses Universitaires de France (PUF), and Vrin. Both the metadata and the full text of these collections will be indexed in Primo Central.

Offered as a cloud-based service to hundreds of libraries around the globe, the Primo Central Index is an integral part of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. As a one-stop service, Primo enables users to fulfill their information needs by exploring their library's locally managed collections along with global and regional resources indexed in Primo Central, and to obtain one blended, relevance-ranked result list.

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OCLC and Elsevier in deal to provide full-text searching of SciVerse ScienceDirect journals and e-books via WorldCat Local
- 01 Feb 2012

Global library cooperative OCLC, US, and STM publisher Elsevier have signed an agreement that will make the full text from Elsevier’s SciVerse ScienceDirect journals and e-books available to users of OCLC’s WorldCat Local.

The expanded partnership makes it possible for researchers and students to search the full text of content from SciVerse ScienceDirect through WorldCat Local, OCLC’s discovery and delivery service that offers access to more than 922 million items through a single search box. Authenticated users from subscribing libraries can then access the full text of these journals and e-books. The new full-text searching feature is in addition to indexing and abstracts from Elsevier already available through WorldCat Local.

With this collaboration, Elsevier seeks to strengthen its commitment to the library community, simplifying research for library patrons and enhancing usage of its scientific publications. WorldCat Local is available as a stand-alone discovery and delivery service, and as part of OCLC WorldShare Management Services.

As part of this expanded partnership, Elsevier has also added access to e-book data through WorldCat.org, the Web destination for broad, Webscale discovery of library resources.

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ARL releases Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries
- 27 Jan 2012

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has announced the release of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. The Code is described as a clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use developed by and for librarians who support academic inquiry and higher education. It was developed in partnership with the Center for Social Media and the Washington College of Law at American University.

In dozens of interviews with experienced research and academic librarians, the researchers learned how copyright law comes into play as interviewees performed core library functions. Then, in a series of small group discussions held with library policymakers around the country, the research team developed a consensus approach to applying fair use.

The Code deals with such common questions in higher education as: when and how much copyrighted material can be digitised for student use; whether video should be treated the same way as print; how libraries' special collections can be made available online; and whether libraries can archive websites for the use of future students and scholars.

The Code identifies the relevance of fair use in eight recurrent situations for librarians - supporting teaching and learning with access to library materials via digital technologies; using selections from collection materials to publicize a library's activities, or to create physical and virtual exhibitions; digitising to preserve at-risk items; creating digital collections of archival and special collections materials; reproducing material for use by disabled students, faculty, staff, and other appropriate users; maintaining the integrity of works deposited in institutional repositories; creating databases to facilitate non-consumptive research uses (including search); and collecting material posted on the web and making it available. In the Code, librarians affirm that fair use is available in each of these contexts, providing helpful guidance about the scope of best practice in each.

The development of the Code is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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OCLC forms strategic partnership with Sustainable Collection Services
- 23 Jan 2012

Global library cooperative OCLC, US, has announced a strategic partnership with Sustainable Collection Services, LLC, an organisation founded by the principals of R2 Consulting, that leverages WorldCat Data to help libraries intelligently manage their print monograph collections.

Sustainable Collection Services (SCS) makes use of the WorldCat Search API to provide decision-support for collection assessment, de-selection, and shared print projects. The firm's data-driven services enable carefully-managed drawdown of low-use print monographs while supporting resource sharing and print archiving efforts.

The SCS service leverages WorldCat data as a primary source for de-selection metadata. Access to this data is enabled by the OCLC WorldShare Platform, which exposes OCLC's Web services and data for use and reuse by third party partners.

Partners like SCS can take advantage of the same infrastructure that OCLC uses to build and maintain its own services, providing libraries with an extended range of application options that take advantage of the same core data. The SCS service will complement current OCLC offerings to help libraries analyse their collections, joining WorldCat Collection Analysis and a wide range of reports that are currently available using the OCLC Stats.org tool.

Founded in January 2011 by Rick Lugg and Ruth Fischer of R2 Consulting, along with partners Andy Breeding and Eric Redman, SCS focuses on collection analytics. The company's services enable libraries to analyse circulation and holdings data, and to generate actionable title lists for withdrawal, storage, preservation, and shared print archiving.

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More libraries join OCLC WorldShare Management Services community
- 16 Jan 2012

Global library cooperative OCLC, US, has announced that 28 libraries have selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services since July 1, 2011. The OCLC WorldShare Management Services claims to be the first Webscale management services for libraries that streamline cataloging, acquisitions, circulation, license management and workflows, and offer a next-gen discovery tool for library users. This brings the number of libraries worldwide committed to using OCLC WorldShare Management Services to 171.

OCLC WorldShare Management Services enable libraries to share infrastructure costs and resources, as well as collaborate in ways that free them from the restrictions of local hardware and software. Libraries using OCLC WorldShare Management Services are able to reduce the time needed for traditional tasks and free staff time for higher-priority services.

In 2010, OCLC announced that it was making OCLC WorldShare Management Services available to early adopters. OCLC WorldShare Management Services were released for general availability July 1, 2011. Currently, 33 libraries are live with WorldShare Management Services.

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ProQuest signs French national agreement for access to Early English Books Online
- 30 Nov 2011

Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, US, and the Bibliographic Agency for Higher Education (ABES) in France have signed a new national licence agreement. The deal will enable all research and educational institutions throughout France and French territories to access Early English Books Online (EEBO).

The agreement will provide researchers with access to digitised pages from more than 125,000 early printed books, transforming research into the early modern period. It also includes 25,000 fully searchable editions of texts produced by the EEBO Text Creation Partnership, enabling end-users to trace the usage of words and phrases across more than two centuries of printed texts.

ProQuest's database of literary and historical classics from the pre-1700 period is reportedly considered the seminal research resource for early modern scholarship. Users in France will access the works through the dedicated EEBO interface, which allows the content to be precision searched by keyword, author, title, or subject. Users can also create Boolean queries and limit searches to specific sources, languages, or collections. Content from the Text Creation Partnership includes searchable, ASCII full-text versions of 25,000 of the documents. Further, the inclusion of MARC records will provide seamless links from the library's OPAC to corresponding images in EEBO.

The agreement is seen as the culmination of a long-standing relationship between ProQuest, the academic and library communities in the social sciences and humanities in France, and the national consortia Couperin, begun in 2002.

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Copyright Clearance Center's 'Get It Now' service now available through Ex Libris discovery and delivery solutions
- 21 Nov 2011

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that the Get It Now service from Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) will be available through Ex Libris discovery and delivery solutions. The service will enable Primo and SFX users in the US to receive PDF copies of articles from journals to which their library doesn't subscribe.

Get It Now was developed with the participation of the California State University (CSU) and the Information Delivery Services (IDS) Project, a resource-sharing management system developed and maintained by the State University of New York at Geneseo. Get It Now covers tens of thousands of articles from over 8,400 journals from leading publishers, including Elsevier, John Wiley & Sons, Wolters Kluwer, Nature Publishing Group, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Publishers are being added on an ongoing basis.

The integration of Get It Now with Primo and SFX reflects the growing trend among academic libraries toward enabling users to find and access content that the libraries themselves don't own or license. The Get it Now service therefore meets libraries' increasing preference for user-driven, just-in-time collection development.

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Serials Solutions announces enhancements to Magazines for Libraries Update
- 16 Nov 2011

Serials Solutions, a business unit of the US-based ProQuest LLC, has announced enhancements to Magazines for Libraries (MFL) Update, the web-based service that delivers timely and informative reviews of serials resources. Magazines for Libraries is an annual print compilation of reviews written by subject specialists and has remained a library standard since 1969.

The periodic MFL Update moves from its email format to a permanent home on the Serials Solutions website, and is available via RSS feed. The company is now providing the service free to librarians everywhere, offering greater access to in-depth evaluations on critical journals and other periodicals and databases.

Magazines for Libraries reviews have been incorporated into Serials Solutions' Ulrichsweb service for several years, providing Ulrichsweb subscribers with access to the entire compilation of more than 7,000 MFL reviews along with bibliographic and availability details for each title. The free MFL Update offers any librarian the opportunity to sign up to receive new reviews and learn how to become a contributor.

The enhancement of Magazines for Libraries Update is part of Serials Solutions' ongoing commitment of providing unbiased, authoritative information to help librarians meet the objectives of their libraries and institutions.

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OCLC and Sabinet partner to transform resource discovery and delivery in South African libraries
- 31 Oct 2011

Global library cooperative OCLC, US, has signed an agreement with Sabinet, its partner in South Africa. The deal is to provide WorldCat Local, OCLC's discovery service, as a single point of access and delivery of electronic, print and digital resources to the National Library of South Africa and 15 academic institutions, offering a simplified discovery and delivery experience to end-users. Sabinet is a major supplier of online information to libraries in sub-Saharan Africa.

With WorldCat Local, links to the full-text of licensed electronic content give users seamless access to all the library's resources from a single search box. For the librarian, evaluation of those resources is greatly simplified by WorldCat Local's aggregated presentation of usage statistics, making comparisons much easier.

As part of a recent agreement between OCLC and Sabinet, libraries will now be able to access Sabinet's African content on WorldCat Local, as well as the OCLC-licensed resources already on the platform.

Where there is need to consult print items, WorldCat Local displays location and availability details.

Users of the system can also use inter-library loan services in instances where there is neither print nor electronic provision of the item required in a local library. In addition to OCLC's WorldCat Resource Sharing service, WorldCat Local will also link to South Africa's national inter-library loan system, managed by Sabinet. Together, these two services represent a significant expansion of library collections.

Based in South Africa, Sabinet has worked in partnership with OCLC since 1995, acting as distributor for them in sub-Saharan Africa since 1997 when they also began cataloguing South African information resources onto the OCLC platform. This agreement was extended in 2000 to catalogue directly onto WorldCat.

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Swets' Libraries R-evolution project now contains contributions from over 70 of Asia’s distinguished libraries and institutions
- 25 Oct 2011

Information services provider Swets, Netherlands, has announced that www.librariesrevolution.com now contains contributions from over 70 of Asia’s most distinguished libraries and institutions. Launched in July of this year, Swets’ Libraries R-evolution project is a collaborative and informative partnership between Swets and the respected library community of Asia Pacific. By sharing and showcasing success stories through the website librariesrevolution.com, the goal is to promote the flexibility and sustainability of Asian libraries across the region.

Some of the notable libraries included are: The Peking University and Tsinghua University in China, The University of Hong Kong, The National University of Singapore and the Waseda University in Japan. Each institution has shared helpful tips, details and best practices on how these libraries can stay abreast of the changes occurring within the industry and make the most of their acquired library collections. The journey of these libraries are sure to inspire other libraries and institutions to partake in this new R-evolution.

The Libraries R-evolution project and website also commemorates Swets’110 year anniversary, outlining the company’s journey from a small scientific and antiquarian bookstore in Amsterdam 1901. Today, it claims to be a leading service and e-solutions provider for customers around the world.

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OCLC EMEA Regional Council Meeting 2012 to examine vision for future library
- 21 Oct 2011

The OCLC EMEA Regional Council Executive Committee has announced the programme for its third Regional Meeting which will take place on February 28 -29, 2012, in Birmingham, UK. The programme has been extended to two full days to accommodate an agenda that will see speakers from Netherlands, Sweden, the UK and the US discussing a vision for the future library.

The theme of the meeting - Developing a New Blend of Library - draws its inspiration, in no small part, to its location, Birmingham. The city is soon to be the site of Europe's largest city centre public lending library, when the Library of Birmingham opens its doors in 2013. The opening keynote for the event will be Francine Houben, architect and visionary for the new library, and Brian Gambles, Chief Executive of the Library of Birmingham Development Trust.

Robin Green, Deputy Librarian, University of Warwick, is the current Chair of OCLC EMEA Regional Council. As in previous years, the meeting will be attended by OCLC's Strategic Leadership Team. It is seen to provide a valuable opportunity for them to meet with and listen to the views of members from the region. This year will reportedly be of special significance as it will be the last EMEA Regional Council Meeting that Jay Jordan, President and CEO of OCLC, will present to before his retirement in June 2012. Jordan will be sharing a platform with Eric van Lubeek, Managing Director of OCLC EMEA, and Robin Murray, Vice-President, Global Product Management.

Other highlights of the meeting will be a Plenary session led by Lorcan Dempsey asking "What Business Are We In?", with sessions on collaborative research projects from David White of Oxford University and Alison Cullingford, RLUK's Unique and Distinctive Collections Project Manager.

The closing keynote will be from Pelle Snickars of the National Library of Sweden. In what is said to be a provocative and engaging conclusion to the meeting, "The Future of Media" will ask us to contemplate what visionaries like Steve Jobs would have envisaged for libraries had they diverted their career paths, and chosen to start all over in the library sector.

The meeting is open to all libraries and cultural institutions.

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OCLC announces enhancements to WorldCat Local
- 18 Oct 2011

Global library cooperative OCLC, US, has announced latest enhancements for WorldCat Local. This includes availability on brief results, Local Holdings Record searching, article links and branch information for mobile views and more.

The latest additions to the popular discovery and delivery service now allow users to see if an item is available from their initial results screens for books, serials and articles. This availability information is always accurate and up-to-the-minute, because WorldCat Local uses a real-time call to a library's OPAC. For additional types of eContent such as eSerials, availability information can be found on the detailed record.

The ability to search local bibliographic data through WorldCat Local was added in June 2011. Now, Local Holdings Records (LHRs) are also searchable. LHRs are separate holdings records attached to a related WorldCat bibliographic record that provide local holdings details beyond the OCLC institution symbol, such as a call number or special collection designation.

The ability to display and now search local holdings information ensures that user discovery will support the years of valuable local data entries made by library staff members. When a library adds its local data to a WorldCat Local site, it is available only to users of that site, and will not display to other WorldCat Local library sites.

Additionally, mobile views for WorldCat Local now support access to articles and online links, in addition to monographs. This feature is available to institutions that have loaded information into the WorldCat knowledge base, which is available at no additional charge for OCLC cataloguing members. In addition, information on branch campuses and public library branches are now also available via the mobile views for WorldCat Local libraries.

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Casalini Libri collections now searchable via Ex Libris Primo Central Index
- 07 Oct 2011

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that Casalini Libri has joined the rapidly expanding group of information providers whose scholarly content is searchable in the Primo Central Index. Casalini Libri will enable Primo Central to index Torrossa.it, a full-text platform that contains Casalini Libri’s Italian full-text collection - Editoria Italiana Online (EIO) - and its collection of Spanish electronic monographs - Edición Española Online (EEO).

EIO and EEO, together comprising 7,200 e-books and 400 journals, have subscribers on three continents and remain the primary sources for scholarly electronic content from Italy and Spain. In March 2011, Casalini Libris was awarded the Aldo Manuzio Prize for EIO in the category of Books and New Technology. This prize was established to promote the dissemination of European books and culture.

Offered as a cloud-based service to hundreds of libraries around the globe, the Primo Central Index is an integral part of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Providing library users with 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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EBSCO announces enhancements to EBSCONET ERM Essentials
- 07 Oct 2011

Information services provider EBSCO, US, has announced that EBSCONET ERM Essentials, the company’s e-resource management system (ERM), was recently upgraded to include improved navigation, hover-over previews, and more. These enhancements, a direct result of customer feedback, are designed to make this cutting-edge tool even more effective for the librarians who use it.

Improved navigation within the site provides the ability to maneuver through most lists at the detail level and easily find and browse related items, which helps librarians work more efficiently and with fewer clicks. Quick access to the relevant terms and conditions for a title or package saves time and provides the needed information in the right context. Once a title or database/package is found in the Collection Manager, the librarian can see the terms of use without having to link to the relevant license under which it was acquired.

In addition, access to information in general has been greatly streamlined with the introduction of hover-over previews on virtually every result grid. With frequently used elements shown in the preview, many key questions can be answered right from the result list — reducing the number of clicks and streamlining the operation. Numerous enhancements also have been made to features related to adding cost and license information to resources, including simplifications in how resources can be associated with licenses and the ability to assign costs to multiple fund codes or library locations. Processes have been made more efficient and more intuitive, enabling librarians to save time and provide a more accurate reflection of cost distribution.

ERM Essentials is said to significantly reduce the time librarians spend on data entry and maintenance, allowing them to devote valuable time to other tasks. It shares vital e-resource data and integrates seamlessly with other EBSCO Complete Management and Discovery Solutions, including EBSCONET, EBSCO A-to-Z, LinkSource, EBSCOhost research databases, EBSCO Discovery Service, and more.

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OCLC, Ex Libris partner to integrate WorldCat Search API into Ex Libris unified discovery and delivery services
- 13 Sep 2011

Global library cooperative OCLC, US, has signed an agreement with library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group. The deal will enable Ex Libris to incorporate the WorldCat Search API into several Ex Libris discovery and delivery services, providing OCLC member libraries access to WorldCat through the Ex Libris Primo and MetaLib solutions.

Ex Libris will integrate the WorldCat Search API, which provides machine-to-machine access to WorldCat bibliographic records and holdings data, into its applications to make the collections of OCLC libraries discoverable. Libraries will be able to activate this functionality by registering their key to the WorldCat Search API within their Ex Libris system.

With this cooperative agreement, both organisations seek to adopt an open approach that will improve services for the libraries that they mutually serve, as well as foster collective innovation. The integration of the Search API into Ex Libris unified discovery and delivery services provides for a content-neutral solution that ensures the broadest possible coverage of the resources which are most important to libraries.

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ALA Office for Research and Statistics study shows increased need for academic libraries
- 26 Aug 2011

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Research and Statistics has released a new study, according to which the need for libraries on college and university campuses has increased.

In 'Trends in Academic Libraries, 1998 to 2008,' researcher Denise M. Davis analyses data from the Academic Library Survey administered by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The study looks at identifying changes in the number of academic libraries, circulation and reserve collections, interlibrary loan transactions and documents received from commercial services, public serve hours, volumes held and added, library staffing, library expenditures, electronic services and information literacy activities.

The report provides an informative look at how the academic libraries continue to provide valuable resources to their community through technology and increased service hours despite a loss of non-librarian staff.

NCES, in collaboration with the academic library community, conducts a biennial survey that captures information about libraries in all degree-granting colleges and universities. "Trends in Academic Libraries, 1998 to 2008" is available as a PDF download at http://www.ala.org/ala/research/librarystats/academic/index.cfm.

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OCLC Research to host webinar on delivery of digital copies of special collections
- 19 Aug 2011

OCLC Research, US, is to host a webinar titled 'Scan and Deliver: Creative User-initiated Digitization in Special Collections and Archives' on September 22, 2011 at 2 pm EDT. The webinar will discuss streamlined methods for scanning and delivering digital copies of special collections materials at the request of users.

Changes in technology and the increased visibility of special collections have resulted in a deluge of requests for digital copies of special collections materials. A steady stream of digitisation requests for one item here, two pages there can reportedly be labour-intensive, and policies for user requests vary widely across institutions. The webinar expects to address these issues.

OCLC Research and the OCLC Research Library Partnership's Working Group on Streamlining Photography and Scanning have been seeking methods for reducing cumbersome digitisation-on-demand workflows and policy obstacles. The Scan and Deliver report concludes that a flexible, tiered approach to delivering digitised copies acknowledges differences in user needs, collections, institutional policies and resources. The webinar will feature creative experiments aimed at scanning and delivering user-requested digital copies of special collections materials.

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More libraries join ProQuest's Early European Books programme
- 12 Aug 2011

Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, US, has announced that Early European Books, ProQuest's programme to digitise the archives of landmark European libraries, has taken another leap forward with its latest release, expanding the number and range of rare early modern books available through the online service. Debuting now are the first installment of digitised books from the National Library of the Netherlands and further content from the National Central Library of Florence.

The number of digitised books - now more than 6,500 - will grow rapidly throughout the balance of 2011 and into 2012 as more libraries join the programme. Digitisation has already begun at the Wellcome Library in London, and works from this renowned collection of medical and scientific books will be added to the database in the fall.

Although the National Central Library of Florence is well known for its holdings of Italian literary and religious texts and early editions of the Classics, this release also includes many important examples of printing from the German-speaking towns that pioneered printing in the 15th century.

The collection from Florence includes works printed throughout Western Europe, from foundational texts of Classical literature (Aesop, Ovid, Virgil) to medieval writers such as the 9th-century Persian scholar Albumasar (Flores astrologiae, Augsburg, 1488) and the Spanish-born Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides, through to the leading Humanist and theological authors of the 15th and 16th centuries. The texts from the Netherlands give an insight into this crucial period in which the Dutch Republic was formed and grew to be a major world power.

Scholars of fine art and book history will find many examples of the printer's craft from both these library collections. All volumes have been digitised in high-resolution colour, including all pages, endpapers, fold-outs and bindings, to give as detailed and vivid a view of the source document as possible.

Inspired by ProQuest's flagship Early English Books Online, the aim of Early European Books is to build a comprehensive library of European printed books from the birth of printing in the 1450s to the year 1700. This long-term project will grow over the years by digitising the entire rare book holdings of Europe's major national and specialist research libraries.

Current content is taken from three major national repositories – the Danish Royal Library, the National Library of the Netherlands and the National Central Library of Florence – and content will soon be added from the renowned collection of medical and scientific texts held by the Wellcome Library in London.

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Hong Kong Polytechnic University selects Ex Libris suite of discovery and delivery products
- 28 Jul 2011

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) library has selected the Ex Libris suite of discovery and delivery products, including Primo, with its Central Index; the MetaLib metasearch system; and the SFX OpenURL link resolver.

Following an intensive evaluation process, the university found that Ex Libris technologies, together with the comprehensive scale and scope of the Primo Central Index, best meet the evolving requirements of the library staff and users.

Ex Libris provides automation solutions for academic libraries. Offering a 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.

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Swets launches new platform to showcase the evolution of Asia Pacific libraries
- 20 Jul 2011

Journal subscription services provider Swets, Netherlands, has announced the launch of www.librariesrevolution.com. According to the company, this website is the focal point of Libraries R-evolution, a collaborative and informative project that sees Swets partnering with members of some of the most respected libraries in Asia Pacific. The project aims to promote the flexibility and sustainability of libraries across the region.

The purpose of the website is to provide a repository of information that will empower other libraries and institutions looking to modernise. It will contain helpful tips, details and best practices on how librarians can stay abreast of the changes occurring within the industry and make the most of their acquired library collections.

The most modern libraries have evolved into highly flexible, hybrid combinations of traditional printed material and digitised information. Each participating partner will outline the steps they have taken to transform themselves from the traditional bricks-and-mortar buildings of old into the dynamic, modern libraries they are today and publish that information online. The website will also contain details of how Swets has evolved over its 110 years of operation; constantly adapting to the needs of its customers and keeping in flow with the trends and developments occurring within the industry.

To coincide with Swets' 110 year anniversary, respected libraries and institutions have been invited to take part in the project. The website is currently available in English, Simplified Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

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OCLC and Credo Reference in deal to integrate WorldCat Search API into Credo General Reference service
- 15 Jul 2011

Computer library service and research organisation OCLC, US, and online reference service Credo Reference have signed an agreement to integrate the WorldCat Search API into the Credo General Reference service, their flagship content application.

With this new agreement, OCLC member libraries that subscribe to the Credo General Reference service will be able to retrieve a list of books from WorldCat related to the topic of their Credo Reference search.

Under this new partnership, authenticated users will be able to access the Credo General Reference service from the library or Credo Reference website and perform a search for encyclopaedic entries. Each entry includes a side panel listing books that are related to the topic generated from a search of WorldCat using the library's key to the WorldCat Search API. Each book includes a link to the library's OPAC or discovery application to get additional information, such as shelf status.

Credo Reference expects to release the functionality later this month. Libraries will be able to activate the functionality by registering their key to the WorldCat Search API within the application. Libraries that do not already have a key to the API can visit the OCLC website for more information on how to obtain a key.

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OCLC adds more databases and collections to WorldCat Local discovery service
- 13 Jul 2011

Computer library service and research organisation OCLC, US, has signed agreements with leading publishers and other content providers from around the world to add more databases and collections to WorldCat Local, its OCLC discovery service. WorldCat Local offers users integrated access to more than 800 million items in libraries worldwide.

Libraries using WorldCat Local can offer users access to 1,400 databases and collections, and more than 500 million articles.

OCLC recently signed agreements with publishers to make more content available through WorldCat Local. These include Annual Reviews; the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE); Berkeley Electronic Press; Gale; Genealogy Today; the Institution of Engineering and Technology; Karger; M.E. Sharpe; Modern Language Association; National Institute of Justice; and Oxford University Press.

WorldCat Local provides access to books, journals and databases from a variety of publishers and information providers from around the world; the digital collections of groups like HathiTrust, OAIster and Google Books; open access materials; and the collective resources of libraries worldwide through WorldCat. OCLC continues to negotiate access to critical library content on behalf of the cooperative to ensure access to libraries' most popular resources.

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SirsiDynix unveils latest version of Portfolio digital asset management solution
- 04 Jul 2011

Library automation solutions provider SirsiDynix, US, has announced the release of version 4.1 of its SirsiDynix Portfolio digital asset management solution. The solution builds upon SirsiDynix Enterprise search and discovery, adding digital asset management capabilities, optical character recognition (OCR) technology, open archives Initiative compatibility for web harvesting, and classified security capabilities for restricting visibility of confidential materials by user or group.

The solution is designed for a broad swath of libraries, and it reportedly has the toolset to reflect that. State and public libraries utilise Portfolio digital asset management to make unique local collections available to their community and beyond. Academic and special libraries are said to utilise the Portfolio toolset to centralise digital information and tools for simplified search and content management.

With the Portfolio solution, libraries of varying types and missions are said to be empowered to gain relevance beyond the library community by exposing digital content to web crawlers through OAI-PMH compliance. The solution also provides full-spectrum search results and enables access to previously unsearchable items through in-text (OCR) search and optional harvesting of library-selected websites or external resources. Users can localise record-keeping with customisable metadata fields, and ability to cross-link an unlimited number of records for easy reference.

Additionally, the Portfolio solution helps organise and share multimedia collections including PDFs, video, audio and web pages, and preserve historical collections with support for major standards for the archivist. It also restricts or limits access to protected assets, item-by-item or batch, through the Portfolio platform's accountability control settings. Optional access control and authentication management features can also accommodate different viewing privileges by individual user, group or location.

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OCLC Research and RLUK to gather data on special collections in research libraries in the UK and Ireland
- 01 Jul 2011

Library information provider OCLC Research, US, and Research Libraries UK are working together on a project to gather data on special collections in research libraries in the UK and Ireland. The project is similar to a project conducted by OCLC Research in 2009 that gathered data on special collections in the US and Canada.

The distinction that special collections bring to research institutions has become widely recognised, and an aggregated profile of collections, access policies, users, adoption of new technologies, and other important topics will establish norms across the UK special collections community. The data will effectively support decision-making for strategic priorities and collaborative projects. Individual libraries will be able to place themselves in the context of community norms and consider taking appropriate actions in response.

The survey population will include all Research Libraries UK (RLUK) members, as well as OCLC Research Library Partnership institutions in the UK and Ireland. The project fits comfortably into RLUK's current strategic priorities, which include a strand, Unique and Distinctive Collections, which focuses on maximising the potential of special collections. It also extends the impact of OCLC Research's 2009 work by facilitating comparison of responses in North America and the UK.

The OCLC Research and RLUK project team expects to retain most questions from the 2009 survey to enable comparisons across the two projects. The questions will be adapted or enhanced as appropriate to reflect practices and priorities of the RLUK community. A committee of experts selected by the RLUK board of directors will work with OCLC Research staff to adapt the survey to the RLUK landscape.

A report detailing the results of the survey will be published in the second quarter of 2012.

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OCLC announces implementation of WorldCat Local at two more libraries in the UK and Ireland
- 29 Jun 2011

Computer library service and research organisation OCLC, US, has announced two more implementations of its WorldCat Local discovery service at libraries in the UK and Ireland. According to OCLC, libraries across Europe are responding positively to WorldCat Local's ability to connect users to 800 million electronic, digital and physical resources held in library collections locally and globally, via a single search box.

In Ireland, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology's (IADT) WorldCat Local implementation is on track to launch in time for the new academic year this September. Recently, the Irish educational landscape has undergone and continues to experience significant change. One of the many challenges facing those in the sector like IADT is finding more efficient ways of delivering knowledge to its users.

WorldCat Local's ability to search multiple catalogues, systems and e-resources simultaneously is also cited by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) as an important factor in its decision to implement the service. NERC went live with WorldCat Local in May and is reporting positive feedback from users.

NERC's library collections, dispersed across a number of Research Centres throughout the UK, reflect the breadth and depth of research in the environmental sciences over recent decades. Use of the collections had waned in favour of desktop access to the growing volume of scientific research materials available online.

Over the past year, NERC implemented a major project to merge the library systems, services, collections and staff of its Research Centre libraries. Three of these (the British Antarctic Survey, the British Geological Survey and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology), made the decision to retain OCLC's OLIB library management system, becoming the first OLIB user in the UK to adopt WorldCat Local.

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OECD iLibrary usage statistics now available
- 27 Jun 2011

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has announced that OECD iLibrary now provides usage statistics according to COUNTER standards, plus MARC records for all subscribers.

OECD now provides reliable standardised usage reports for all content on OECD iLibrary. The detailed usage statistics are provided for full-text downloads by title and month. This includes all content in PDF, HTML, XLS and Data downloads, ePub will be added shortly.

The iLibrary usage reports cover all content whether freely accessible or behind access controls. There is no duplication in the usage reported as the usage of each publication or dataset is reported separately in one of three reports dependent on the nature of the content.

OECD has also launched MARC Records initially for the books and serials in OECD iLibrary, available for all subscribers to download. MARC records are provided in MARC21 XML format according to U.S. Library of Congress specifications, and those for OECD journals and data products are scheduled for later this year.

OECD iLibrary is the global knowledge base for OECD's data and analysis. It contains all books and papers published since 1998, as well as a vast collection of statistics, with data going back to the 1960s and more than 80 countries covered. It provides integrated search results, showing all available file formats and languages, as well as links to previous editions. OECD iLibrary is projected as a powerful tool for people working at academic institutions, in the private sector and at governmental and non-governmental organisations.

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SciVerse ScienceDirect content now searchable via Ex Libris Primo Central Index
- 24 Jun 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, and library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group have announced their collaboration to make the full text of SciVerse ScienceDirect journal articles and ebooks searchable in the Ex Libris Primo Central Index.

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. Primo enables users to explore their library's locally managed collections along with global and regional resources indexed in Primo Central.

Offered as a cloud-based service to hundreds of libraries around the globe, the world-class Primo Central Index covers hundreds of millions of scholarly resources from leading information providers. It now includes full-text journal articles and books chapters from SciVerse ScienceDirect. Part of the SciVerse suite of search and discovery products offered by Elsevier, SciVerse ScienceDirect consists of more than 2,000 peer-reviewed journals and 20,000 books and major reference works, more than 10.5 million articles and chapters with nearly 500,000 added every year.

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Production version of mobile-optimised WorldCat Local is now available to libraries
- 20 Jun 2011

Computer library service and research organisation OCLC, US, has announced that a production version of mobile-optimised WorldCat Local is now available to libraries following beta testing of the service that makes it possible for mobile users to discover items, see location, shelf status, call numbers, and more in their local library, and in libraries worldwide.

New mobile-optimised WorldCat Local sites include many additional features not available in the beta version, most notably support for a wide range of devices. Any smart phone or feature phone capable of running JavaScript or a Java-based Web browser such as Opera Mini or Bolt will be supported worldwide.

Libraries that maintain a full WorldCat Local subscription have the option to customise their mobile presence. In addition, the production version includes more item information than before, with easier navigation to previous and next items within a results set. Users can see location, shelf status, call number, levels of availability and can place a hold, request the item or email citations for any content that does not require authentication.

The move into production creates the possibility of a mobile presence for more than 20,000 libraries. Any library with WorldCat Local or visibility on WorldCat.org can claim their unique URL and use it to support their mobile users.

Mobile-optimized WorldCat Local is available to WorldCat Local users at no additional charge. The enhancement represents an added value of OCLC membership, and is a benefit of members' investment in library cooperation.

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Tilburg University selects Web-scale Management Services and WorldCat Local from OCLC for library management, discovery
- 10 Jun 2011

Computer library service and research organisation OCLC, US, has announced that the Tilburg University Library, in the Netherlands, has selected its Web-scale Management Services (WMS) and WorldCat Local as its new library management solution and integrated discovery-to-delivery service. The Tilburg University Library plans to become operational with WMS, the Web-based cooperative library management services, by June 2012.

The library made its decision after an extensive exploration of the current environment and of new developments, such as cloud computing and content integration—important elements to its staff and users.

By delivering services that are at the network level, Web-scale Management Services from OCLC offer libraries the opportunity to share data and business processes. Due to the service-oriented architecture, libraries can develop their own customised applications for library management activities that they can make available to their colleagues on the OCLC platform. With OCLC Web-scale Management Services, the Tilburg University Library will have a solution with workflow management, electronic resource management and integrated licence management, in addition to traditional tools for online library management such as metadata management, acquisition and interlibrary loan. Cataloguing will be done, as before, in the national cataloguing system GGC.

The WorldCat Local discovery-to-delivery service offers the Tilburg University Library simple implementation, a central knowledge base, access to a growing number of databases and collections, and full integration with WMS.

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University of Alicante selects WorldCat Local as its new discovery service
- 07 Jun 2011

Computer library service and research organisation OCLC, US, has announced that the Library of the University of Alicante, in Spain, has selected WorldCat Local as its new discovery service. The library's administration plans to deliver the enhanced discovery experience with its range of available content from more than 800 million electronic, digital and physical items to its users, through the WorldCat Local central index later this year.

The library was interested in achieving higher usage of its many electronic resources. For the Alicante University Library, OCLC quality and reliability were important factors in choosing WorldCat Local.

The library has about 500,000 records in its catalogue. They will be loaded into WorldCat as part of the implementation of WorldCat Local. About 35,000 staff and students at the University of Alicante will then be able to access different types of materials, including digital objects, electronic materials, databases, journals, music, video, audio, e-books, theses and print, via one unified search field in one single search result.

Another highlight of WorldCat Local to the Alicante University Library is the easy branding of the interface. The university's students and researchers can benefit from social media features, the evaluative content and the mobile interface for smartphones on various platforms.

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WorldCat Local adds more databases and collections from publishers and information providers
- 01 Jun 2011

Computer library service and research organisation OCLC, US, has announced that WorldCat Local has added more databases and collections from leading publishers and other information providers to make content more accessible to library users through the Web. WorldCat Local is OCLC's discovery service that offers users integrated access to more than 800 million items in libraries around the world.

WorldCat Local offers access to books, journals and databases from a variety of international publishers and information providers; the digital collections of groups like HathiTrust, OAIster and Google Books; open access materials; and the collective resources of libraries worldwide through WorldCat.

With these latest additions, libraries using WorldCat Local can now offer users access to 1,400 databases and collections, and more than 500 million articles. OCLC continues to negotiate access to critical library content on behalf of the cooperative to ensure access to libraries' most popular resources.

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BNA and MLA partner with Ex Libris to boost discoverability of content through Primo Central
- 25 May 2011

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that the United States Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) and the Modern Language Association of America (MLA) have joined the rapidly expanding group of information providers that enable the Primo Central Index of scholarly content to cover their collections.

A publisher of information and analysis products for professionals in business and government, BNA will make available to the Primo Central Index over 90 journal titles aimed at legal practitioners and law students. These resources cover the fields of corporate law and business; employee benefits; employment and labor law; environment, health, and safety; healthcare; human resources; intellectual property; litigation; and tax and accounting.

Extending its scope in the abstract and indexing domain, Primo Central will also index the MLA International Bibliography collection, which provides the only comprehensive bibliography of books and articles published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. The database includes over 2.3 million citations in more than 70 languages.

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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Spanish consortium BUCLE becomes first institution in Spain to implement WorldCat Local
- 29 Apr 2011

Computer library service and research organisation OCLC, US, has announced that the Spanish consortium BUCLE ("Consorcio de Bibliotecas Universitarias de Castilla y León") has become the first institution in Spain to implement WorldCat Local as its new Search and Discovery platform. The service delivers single-search-box access to more than 800 million items of the library's electronic, digital and physical collections.

BUCLE launched WorldCat Local as a group catalogue solution for the university libraries of Burgos, León, Salamanca and Valladolid. It will be available to the university's over 100,000 registered library users at the end of April 2011. With WorldCat Local, library users will not only be able to access the library's local bibliographic records but also the titles from the BUCLE group catalogue and from OCLC's WorldCat.

Due to the integration of the WorldCat Knowledge Base users have direct access to electronic resources from search results, and a 'View Now' feature on brief records connects users directly to the electronic articles and open-access content that their searches retrieve.

More than 100,000 library users of the BUCLE member libraries will be enabled to search via a single search box - which eliminates the need to consult separate resources and interfaces - both the local library and the BUCLE group catalogue, as well as in all other WorldCat libraries. Search results include multiple formats of materials, including digital objects, electronic materials, databases, journals, music, video, audio, eBooks, theses and print.

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ABC-CLIO content included in Ex Libris Primo Central Index
- 18 Apr 2011

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that ABC-CLIO has joined the rapidly expanding group of publishers whose content is included in the Primo Central Index of scholarly content.

Offered as a cloud-based service to hundreds of libraries worldwide, the Primo Central Index encompasses hundreds of millions of scholarly resources from leading information providers. The Primo Central Index is offered as an integral part of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, enabling 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.

ABC-CLIO is a publisher of reference, contemporary thought, and professional development content, created to help students, educators, librarians, and general readers of all ages wrestle with complex challenges. With imprints including ABC-CLIO Greenwood, Libraries Unlimited/Linworth Publishing, Praeger, and its Digital Collections, the company continually invests resources in the development of new content genres, giving customer and reader communities the opportunity to explore deep factual treatments of the topics that matter.

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ProQuest and Wellcome Library partner to add rare scientific and medical books to Early European Books programme
- 01 Apr 2011

Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, US, and the Wellcome Library have announced a partnership to expand access to the library's rich historical treasures. As part of its Early European Books digitisation programme ProQuest will be digitising the Library's entire holdings of European books printed before 1700, comprising more than 15,500 volumes. The collection will be made available for free throughout the UK and the developing world.

The Wellcome Library is the fourth major library to participate in this project. ProQuest launched the project with the Danish Royal Library, Copenhagen and the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze in Italy, and has already made these rich national collections available to all Danish and Italian citizens, while a third digitisation operation is currently starting up at the National Library of the Netherlands. In all cases, ProQuest sets up a scanning studio on site at the library and uses state-of-the-art technology to create high-definition colour images of every page, including the often lavish bindings and covers.

The collection contains many rare or obscure texts on subjects ranging from alchemy to zoology, and includes many of the most spectacularly illustrated books of the period. In addition to complementing the English works already digitised as part of ProQuest's Early English Books Online database, the new resource will provide access to important continental editions of works by famous English medical authors, such as William Harvey's seminal work on the circulation of the blood, De motu cordis (1628), which was first published in Germany.

Early European Books collections are available for purchase by libraries worldwide and are delivered via a multilingual interface. This allows for powerful searching of the detailed indexing, as well as cross-searching of the well-known Early English Books Online database, which includes facsimiles of 125,000 books printed in English or in the British Isles between 1473 and 1700.

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Accessible Archives content now available via WorldCat Local and TouchPoint services
- 25 Mar 2011

Accessible Archives, Inc., an electronic publisher of primary source full-text historical databases, has signed an agreement with OCLC Online Computer Library Center. Under the deal, Accessible Archives' content will be now be available through the WorldCat Local and TouchPoint services, which provide an integrated discovery and delivery service for libraries' physical and electronic collections.

WorldCat Local provides access to more than 750 million items, including books, journals and databases from international publishers; the digital collections of groups like HathiTrust, OAIster and Google Books; open access materials; as well as the collective resources of libraries worldwide through WorldCat.

To bring this new feature to its customers, Accessible Archives relied on the licensing and technology experts at Unlimited Priorities Corporation, the publisher's exclusive sales and marketing agent.

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University of Twente in the Netherlands selects Primo and the Primo Central Index from Ex Libris
- 11 Feb 2011

Library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group, Israel, has announced that the University of Twente in the Netherlands has selected the Primo Direct package. Deployed as a cloud-based solution, Primo Direct and the Primo Central Index of scholarly e-content will provide users with a unified search interface for the library's collections and electronic resources.

Primo will enable users at the University of Twente to search the library's LBS library catalogue together with its e-prints repository and electronic resources in the Primo Central Index.

The Primo Central Index is a mega-aggregate of scholarly content. Managed in the Ex Libris cloud environment, the Primo Central Index encompasses hundreds of millions of scholarly resources from leading information providers. The Primo Central Index is offered as an integral part of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, enabling 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.

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New report examines feasibility of outsourcing management operations for digitised books to shared service providers
- 07 Jan 2011

Library information provider OCLC Research, US, has released a new report titled, 'Cloud-sourcing Research Collections: Managing Print in the Mass-digitized Library Environment'. This report presents findings from a year-long study designed and executed by OCLC Research, the HathiTrust, New York University's Elmer Bobst Library, and the Research Collections Access & Preservation (ReCAP) consortium, with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The objective of the project was to examine the feasibility of outsourcing management of low-use print books held in academic libraries to shared service providers, including large-scale print and digital repositories. The study assessed the opportunity for library space saving and cost avoidance through the systematic and intentional outsourcing of local management operations for digitised books to shared service providers and progressive downsizing of local print collections in favour of negotiated access to the digitised corpus and regionally consolidated print inventory.

According to the report, there is sufficient material in the mass-digitised library collection managed by the HathiTrust to duplicate a sizeable (and growing) portion of virtually any academic library in the US. There is adequate duplication between the shared digital repository and large-scale print storage facilities to enable a great number of academic libraries to reconsider their local print management operations, says the report. Further, it states that the combination of a relatively small number of potential shared print providers, including the US Library of Congress, was sufficient to achieve more than 70 percent coverage of the digitised book collection, suggesting that shared service may not require a very large network of providers.

Substantial library space savings and cost avoidance could be achieved if academic institutions outsourced management of redundant low-use inventory to shared service providers, the report noted. Academic library directors can have a positive and profound impact on the future of academic print collections by adopting and implementing a deliberate strategy to build and sustain regional print service centers that can reduce the total cost of library preservation and access, the report says.

The report is available online at http://www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2011/2011-01.pdf.

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ARL offers Organizational Performance Assessment for Libraries consulting service
- 05 Jan 2011

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is offering a new consulting service, Organizational Performance Assessment for Libraries (OPAL), to help academic libraries effectively integrate strategy, planning, and assessment within the institution.

OPAL is the successor to, and builds upon, the Effective, Sustainable, and Practical Assessment (ESP) initiative, which has supported consultations with 42 libraries since 2005/06. The ESP initiative was developed by ARL Visiting Program Officers Jim Self, Director of Management Information Services, U. of Virginia Library, and Steve Hiller, Director of Planning and Assessment, U. of Washington Libraries, working with Martha Kyrillidou, ARL Senior Director of Statistics and Service Quality Programs.

OPAL will guide the library to establish effective strategies aligned with its university mission and vision, to monitor and document progress toward plans and goals, and to provide stakeholders with a persuasive and easily understandable summary of the library's role in the academy. Additionally, the service will help the library to focus on strategic decision-making and on collecting, analysing, and presenting information that demonstrates the library's impact, outcomes, and value.

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Serials Solutions enhances Ulrichsweb interface
- 21 Dec 2010

Serials Solutions, a US-based provider of tools and services for libraries and a business unit of ProQuest LLC, has announced the availability of an enhanced interface for its Ulrichsweb global serials intelligence service. Ulrichsweb is an integrated, continuously updated service that enables librarians and patrons to discover, explore, annotate and reuse information about periodicals and the companies that publish and provide them. The new, enhanced interface enables librarians and users to take advantage of the ways Ulrichsweb has grown and evolved to make its depth and breadth of knowledge more accessible.

Ulrichsweb helps librarians find, evaluate and share the bibliographic and provider information they need for effective collection building and management. Patrons use Ulrichsweb to quickly identify serials sources, verify the quality of those resources, and e-mail or save research notes without the need to learn a complex interface.

Serials Solutions continues to develop Ulrichsweb as a comprehensive and content-neutral source, providing unbiased information about electronic, print and microform serials from a wide range of commercial, scholarly, Open Access and other publishers across all subject areas and languages. Enhancements and features incorporated in the new Ulrichsweb interface include expanded international coverage adding details for hundreds of non-English full-text and indexing databases and sources, and tens of thousands of new serials titles; alignment with Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks; more than 100,000 Provider Authority Records from Serials Solutions' expanded Publisher Outreach Program; new search capabilities; and faceted results browsing allowing users to filter by type of serial, peer-reviewed status or other qualifying information to improve serials discoverability.

Additionally, new data export formats and research sharing tools allowing users to save and send search results in a format that is most convenient for them. User-specific personalisation including interface language localisation and personal alerts and lists enable users to customise the Ulrich's search experience to meet their individual needs. New usage reporting options and a simpler administrative console allow librarians to administer Ulrichsweb through the Serials Solutions Client Center alongside their other Serials Solutions services.

A new API with XML and JSON options allow librarians and technical staff to easily integrate Ulrich's data into their library's web pages and discovery services in order to provide researchers and staff with reliable, continuously updated information about electronic and print serials. Expanded linking partnerships and OpenURL awareness help libraries enable interaction between Ulrichsweb and other serials-related resources including their OPACs and discovery services.

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OCLC expands agreements with content providers to make more content accessible via WorldCat Local
- 03 Dec 2010

Global library cooperative OCLC, US, has announced expanded agreements with content providers to make more content in a variety of formats accessible to users. Library users can now find more than 700 million items through the WorldCat Local service.

In addition to the 200 million records contributed by OCLC member libraries worldwide, 500 million items from leading publishers, aggregators and mass digitisation efforts are also now accessible through WorldCat Local. OCLC recently added content to WorldCat Local from EBSCO; Gale, part of Cengage Learning; Modern Language Association; ProQuest; and the U.S. Department of Energy. There are now more than 400 million articles, 170 million books, 10 million e-books and 1,100 databases accessible through the WorldCat Local service.

Additional agreements have been signed with ABC-CLIO, American Psychological Association, Association for Computing Machinery, BioMed Central, BioOne, Cambridge University Press, Emerald, IGI Global, Sabinet, Sage, Taylor & Francis and World Bank Publications.

OCLC has added databases accessible through the WorldCat Local central index, which delivers an enhanced user experience because searches will immediately retrieve records indexed within the WorldCat Local service. Other databases are accessible through a quick, remote WorldCat Local single search that is integrated into a single set of results.

WorldCat Local expands a library's collections by combining items from the library, relevant groups or consortia, and libraries around the world through a single search and result set. Built on the foundation of WorldCat, the comprehensive source for discovery of items held by libraries, WorldCat Local allows users to discover unique, locally available resources as well as materials in other libraries around the world.

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Ipsos MORI examines use of libraries by public in England
- 24 Nov 2010

A new research study, carried out by Shared Intelligence and Ipsos MORI on behalf of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), seeks to provide an up-to-date picture of what the public wants from library services. It also aims to provide a timely pointer to how councils, faced with difficult financial choices, should shape the service for the future.

The research, undertaken from late July to early November 2010, shows the English public widely value public libraries as a force for good and one that should be provided free. A significant proportion (74 percent) of current users surveyed described libraries as 'essential' or 'very important' in their lives. Fifty-nine percent of non-users also think libraries play an 'important' or 'essential' role in the community. But it also suggests that the notion of library users and non-users is an artificial divide - that instead that people's reliance on libraries tends to vary as their life circumstances change, for example through taking up study, becoming unemployed, having children or retiring.

Books are still the main reason why most people use libraries but the research highlights that motivations for library use among current users are wide ranging: 76 percent use libraries for their love of reading; 44 percent for study; 17 percent to find local information; and, 14 percent view the library as somewhere to take their children.

The study highlights the increasing competition that libraries are now facing from the convenience of bookshops and online stores - one in four 'lapsed' or non-users cite this as their main reason for not using public libraries today. Research also found that around 10 percent of people who are not current library users simply 'don't like reading'. Book choice, good customer service, staff expertise and convenience are seen as key to user satisfaction.

Both users and non-users often expressed concern about books being 'squeezed out' for other services and although they accepted greater automation, they do not think this should be at the expense of maintaining a knowledgeable and helpful staff base.

According to Roy Clare, MLA chief executive, this study helps point to where the library service should be heading at a critical moment as costs need to be cut. It suggests that it is better to plan for the longer term to provide a convenient modern service, with comprehensive book stock, digital access, helpful staff and a range of activities, than to maintain the costs of less-welcoming buildings with steadily reducing opening hours and declining stock.

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SirsiDynix unveils SirsiDynix Portfolio digital asset management tool
- 04 Nov 2010

Library technology solutions provider SirsiDynix, US, has announced the official release of the SirsiDynix Portfolio digital asset management tool. The Portfolio solution builds upon SirsiDynix Enterprise search and discovery, adding digital asset management capabilities, optical character recognition (OCR) technology, Open Archives Initiative compatibility for Web harvesting, and a security-conscious content management system.

The Portfolio solution helps libraries to gain relevance beyond the library community by exposing digital content to Web crawlers through OAI-PMH compliance. It provides full-spectrum search results and enables access to previously unsearchable items through in-text (OCR) search and optional harvesting of library-selected websites or external resources. Further, it helps to localise record-keeping with customisable metadata fields, and ability to cross-link an unlimited number of records for easy reference. Libraries can also organise and share multimedia collections including PDFs, video, audio, Web pages and more, and preserve historical collections with support for major standards for the archivist.

In addition, the Portfolio solution allows libraries to restrict or limit access to protected assets, item-by-item or batch, through its accountability control settings. Optional access control and authentication management features can also accommodate different viewing privileges by individual user, group or location.

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OCLC, EBSCO expand data exchange deal to enhance discovery services
- 04 Nov 2010

Library cooperative OCLC and electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing, US, have expanded their partnership to enhance the discovery experience for users of WorldCat Local and the EBSCO Discovery Service through an expanded data exchange agreement. The new agreement is projected to create more value for libraries that subscribe to services from OCLC and EBSCO.

WorldCat Local libraries that subscribe to EBSCOhost full-text databases will continue to be able to discover EBSCO records and access associated full-text content through the WorldCat Local interface. The new agreement is expected to improve access to these databases by removing the requirement for users of WorldCat Local to authenticate before searching the metadata for EBSCO databases to which their library subscribes. However, users will continue to be required to authenticate before accessing full text.

OCLC member libraries with a cataloging and WorldCat discovery subscription using EBSCO Discovery Service will now have the option to access WorldCat data through EDS. They can also access holdings information for their library, their resource sharing partners as profiled in WorldCat, and all libraries with holdings in WorldCat. Additionally, libraries will be able to use EBSCO Discovery Service to facilitate interlibrary loan via OCLC.

OCLC will make records from OAIster, a union catalogue of about 25 million records representing open access resources, available to all EBSCO Discovery Service users. OCLC will also make records from ArchiveGrid, an online service that provides access to detailed archival collection descriptions, available to ArchiveGrid subscribers through the EBSCO Discovery Service.

The agreement is expected to continue OCLC’s efforts, on behalf of its member libraries, to make WorldCat data available where it is needed in order to facilitate broad access to library collections and services. EBSCO and OCLC will work together over the next few months on an implementation plan and timeline for enabling access.

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OECD iLibrary to deliver integrated access to OECD's knowledge base
- 21 Sep 2010

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has announced the availability of the OECD iLibrary, a new platform providing seamless and comprehensive access to statistical data, books, journals and working papers. The OECD iLibrary replaces SourceOECD and hosts all content equally so users can find - and cite - tables and databases as easily as articles or chapters. The citation tool for datasets and tables is new and unique to the OECD iLibrary.

OECD iLibrary contains all the publications and datasets released by OECD, International Energy Agency (IEA), Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and International Transport Forum (ITF) since 1998. This includes about 390 complete databases, 2,500 working papers, 5,500 books, 14,000 tables and graphs and 21,000 chapters and articles.

The OECD iLibrary supersedes SourceOECD as the main OECD publishing platform. OECD has been communicating with all its customers over the past couple of months to encourage their use of the new platform as part of the transition. All existing subscribers are now being migrated.

For end-users, the migration process is transparent. Their usernames and passwords, as well as IP address details, have been transferred. SourceOECD's EasyLinks will be automatically re-directed to the appropriate page in OECD iLibrary. Parallel access to SourceOECD will continue to be available to subscribers until the migration is complete.

New and existing subscribers will need to register an OECD iLibrary administrator username and password to be able to use the back-office functions. These currently include the management of administration contact details, authentication details - IP address(es) and/or end-user usernames and passwords, subscriptions and institutional branding.

The OECD iLibrary is still being enhanced and some administrative features such as MARC records and COUNTER usage statistics are currently being finalised prior to deployment shortly. The site will continue to evolve as new technology and innovations become available. OECD welcomes ongoing feedback from librarians and end users to continue to improve the site.

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York St John University becomes first academic institution in the UK to implement WorldCat Local
- 17 Sep 2010

Library cooperative OCLC has announced that York St John University has become the first academic institution in the UK to implement OCLC's WorldCat Local as its new library end-user discovery interface. The WorldCat Local service delivers single-search access to more than 450 million items from locally held content and the world's library collections. It will be available to the university's 7,500 registered library users in October.

Already in use at more than 600 installations in North America, WorldCat Local is now gaining momentum in Europe. York St John joins a number of UK public libraries also currently implementing the service.

WorldCat Local is a rich discovery environment that provides users with a single search box, eliminating the need to consult separate resources and interfaces. Users have instant access to library materials - digital objects, electronic materials, databases, journals, music, video, audio, eBooks, theses and print. Within the WorldCat Local interface, users only see the most relevant search results, what is available locally, in group or consortial catalogues and worldwide though the entire WorldCat database of 200 million records.

A case study detailing York St Johns experiences with WorldCat Local and reasons for selection will be presented at OCLC's forthcoming series of 'Making Partnerships Matter' road shows in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin and Edinburgh.

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OCLC adds more content from H.W. Wilson to WorldCat Local
- 13 Sep 2010

Library cooperative OCLC has announced that it will make more content accessible through the WorldCat Local service with popular databases from H.W. Wilson. The WorldCat Local service delivers resources of local libraries and libraries around the world through a single search box.

Twenty-nine H.W. Wilson databases are accessible via single search and discovery through WorldCat Local for libraries that subscribe to these databases. Twenty-one databases have been added to the WorldCat Local central index; eight more are accessible remotely via a Z39.50 search of WilsonWeb.

WorldCat Local expands a library's collections by combining items from the library, relevant groups or consortia, and libraries around the world through a single search and result set. Built on the foundation of WorldCat, the comprehensive source for discovery of materials held by libraries, the service allows users to discover unique, locally available resources as well as materials in libraries worldwide. WorldCat Local helps increase use of a library's resources and, at the same time, offers users the ability to find more than 475 million items in a wide variety of formats.

Powerful discovery features in WorldCat Local enable library users to more easily find and interact with electronic materials, licensed databases and journals, locally digitised content and physical items. Intuitive connections to delivery services like link resolvers and resource sharing options help users take the final step to access the content they need.

OCLC is expanding the WorldCat Local central index to include more resources from familiar content providers most used by libraries today. The central index will provide access to most available content, and will be complemented by searching remote indexes to incorporate the diverse materials libraries make available to their users.

Independent publisher H.W. Wilson provides researchers with references produced with editorial integrity. More than 60 H.W. Wilson databases - indexes, abstracts, full text resources, plus the acclaimed Retrospective Collection - meet the research needs of customers around the globe.

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ARL calls for nominations and applications for the 2011-12 Leadership and Career Development Program
- 06 Sep 2010

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is seeking nominations and applications for the 2011-12 Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP). The LCDP is an 18-month fellowship programme to prepare mid-career librarians from under-represented racial and ethnic groups to take on increasingly demanding leadership roles in ARL libraries.

The programme addresses the need for research libraries to develop a more diverse professional workforce that can contribute to library success in serving the research, teaching, and learning of increasingly diverse scholarly and learning communities. This goal is accomplished, in part, by providing LCDP participants with meaningful exposure to the major strategic issues that are shaping the future of research libraries.

Participants will learn about research library issues at the strategic level and be expected to engage in a research project on a topic related to one of the three strategic directions of ARL - influencing public policies, reshaping scholarly communication, transforming research libraries. Each LCDP participant will be expected to complete this research project during the fellowship and to share outcomes with the broader academic library community through publication, invited presentations, or other mechanisms.

Applications are encouraged from librarians and other professional staff from traditionally under-represented groups. Applications are due by October 15, 2010. To apply or to learn more about the programme, visit http://www.arl.org/diversity/lcdp.

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ARL and CNI to co-host forum on 'Achieving Strategic Change in Research Libraries'
- 02 Sep 2010

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) are co-hosting a forum on 'Achieving Strategic Change in Research Libraries', immediately following the ARL Membership Meeting.

This forum, scheduled for October 14-15, 2010, in Washington DC, will explore the strategic questions that leaders must ask in order to ensure that research libraries are meeting the mission of their institution and the research, teaching, and learning needs of faculty and students. The questions that are being asked are complex and can be difficult to answer and the issues being addressed require innovative approaches.

The programme sessions will address a variety of critical questions and new models. Keynote addresses, panel presentations, and concurrent sessions will be held with speakers. The forum is open to all. In particular, directors and other senior leaders of research and academic libraries are encouraged to attend, along with staff members who have responsibilities for managing change in their organisations.

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IMLS calls for comments on Public Library Survey
- 30 Aug 2010

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has issued a call for comments on its Public Library Survey in a recently published Federal Register notice. The survey provides essential data about public library service in the US including service hours, book circulation, number of librarians, service area population, technology and more.

The survey is made possible through the cooperation of state libraries that provide data each year, and through an agreement with the US Census Bureau. Analysis of survey data has led to policy and funding decisions that seek to improve library service in the US.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute aims to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. It works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organisations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.

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OCLC Research webinar to focus on role of data analysis in library collection management
- 30 Aug 2010

Library information provider OCLC Research, US, has announced that it will host a free webinar titled 'Managing Collections in the Networked Environment: New Analytic Approaches', on September 9, 2010, at 2 p.m. EDT. Program Officer Constance Malpas and a panel of young library leaders will present a lively discussion about the role of data analysis in library collection management. Staff from three RLG Partner institutions will share insights from research that is reshaping preservation, access and management practices at Columbia University, the University of Michigan and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Featured projects include a longitudinal analysis of circulation trends at Columbia that is informing off-site storage transfers; a study of post-digitisation use of print collections at the University of Michigan; and a project to streamline preservation workflows at UCLA by automating selected aspects of risk assessment. Zack Lane from Columbia University, Helen Look from the University of Michigan, and Jake Nadal of the University of California, Los Angeles, will describe how these projects were designed and executed, and share their experiences in developing new institutional capacity for data-driven analyses.

While Webinar participation is free, advanced registration is required. This webinar will be recorded and made available on the OCLC website and in iTunes.

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British Library initiative to offer free access to bibliographic records
- 24 Aug 2010

The British Library has announced that it will make its collections of bibliographic records available for free to researchers and other libraries, at www.bl.uk/bibliographic/datafree.html.

The UK national library has around 14 million catalogue records said to comprise a wealth of bibliographic data. The new initiative is expected to help expose this vast dataset to users worldwide, allowing researchers and other libraries to access and retrieve bibliographic records for publications dating back centuries and relating to every conceivable subject area.

The new free service will operate in parallel to the British Library's priced bulk MARC data supply activity which is used extensively by large commercial customers.

In some instances researchers may use the library's records for purposes very different from those for which they were originally created. The library recently provided the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) with some eight million bibliographic records - allowing the IPO to conduct research into publishing trends dating as far back as 1650, and to plot these patterns against the course of changes in IP legislation.

As the national library of the UK, the British Library seeks to provide world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offer access to a large and comprehensive research collection. The library's collections include 150 million items from every era of written human history beginning with Chinese oracle bones dating from 300 BC, right up to the latest e-journals.

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Registrations for sixth webinar in the ARL-ACRL ISC series now open
- 20 Aug 2010

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) have announced that registration is now open for the sixth webinar in the ARL-ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC) series, Strengthening Programs through Collaboration. The webinar, ‘Broader Library Involvement in Building Programs—Organizational Strategy,’ is scheduled for September 21, 2010, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT. It is the first of two that will focus on the shifting roles of libraries and their staffs, specifically as those roles relate to sustaining scholarly communications programmes.

Speakers will discuss how libraries are conceiving of their work differently and how they are filling these needs. Case studies will highlight the time and energy taken up by scholarly communications activities at their institutions and how the work is managed. The registration deadline is September 14, 2010.

Scheduled speakers include Karen Williams, Associate University Librarian for Academic Programs, University of Minnesota Libraries; Michael Furlough, Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communications and Co-Director, Office of Digital Scholarly Publishing, Penn State University; and Doug Way, Head of Collections, Grand Valley State University.

The Strengthening Programs through Collaboration webinar series seeks to assist libraries in taking their scholarly communication programmes to the next level. The eight-part ISC webinar series is targeted to those who are in the midst of creating their own institutional scholarly communication programme. This programme will enable those who have responsibilities for working with staff and colleagues an opportunity to share experiences.

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JSTOR's Current Scholarship Program now available via EBSCO
- 06 Aug 2010

Content technology and consultative services provider EBSCO has announced that library customers can now purchase subscriptions to titles in JSTOR's Current Scholarship Program (CSP). Pricing and title lists can be obtained via EBSCONET, an EBSCO representative or from the JSTOR website.

CSP currently includes 174 titles from 19 publishers and offers access to current journal issues and associated archives through the JSTOR platform. Titles are available individually or as part of collections that mirror JSTOR's existing archive collections. Libraries can access CSP content from publishers such as The University of Chicago Press, University of California Press, The University of Illinois Press, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania and more.

The JSTOR CSP platform combines current issues with archive content, allowing for a more complete content experience. Libraries can purchase collections with current and backfile content for all titles within the collection, individual titles with current content only or single titles with current and backfile content. Current subscriptions to titles or collections in CSP include 'born digital' content for the title, which is content originally published in electronic form, outside of an aggregation.

When ordering CSP content via EBSCO, the order details become part of the EBSCO Integrated Knowledge Base. Available via EBSCONET or special reports, the order details can be used to automatically populate EBSCO's discovery and management solutions, including EBSCO A-to-Z and EBSCONET ERM Essentials. This integration is expected to save valuable hours of staff time and increases accuracy.

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LYRASIS and SkyRiver in deal to provide cataloguing services
- 07 Jul 2010

LYRASIS, a regional membership organisation for libraries and information professionals in the US, has announced an agreement with SkyRiver, a bibliographic utility that connects libraries with bibliographic metadata. The agreement enables LYRASIS to market, sell, and provide training for SkyRiver cataloguing services to LYRASIS members throughout the US.

By joining forces with SkyRiver, LYRASIS seeks to provide libraries innovative content, technology and operational solutions. This partnership is seen to be important and timely as libraries continue to face declining budgets while library usage simultaneously increases. The agreement gives libraries unlimited access to MARC records with an affordable annual subscription fee and no additional usage fees.

Since SkyRiver services fit easily into libraries of all sizes and types, the synergy resulting from this partnership will allow LYRASIS members to quickly and easily reap the benefit of SkyRiver's low-cost services.

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ACRL's new report examines trends that may impact the future of higher education
- 22 Jun 2010

The Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) has released a new report, 'Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians: Higher Education in 2025.' The report seeks to prompt academic librarians to consider what trends may impact the future of higher education in order to take strategic action now.

Authored by David J. Staley, director of the Harvey Goldberg Center for Excellence in Teaching in the History Department of Ohio State University, and Kara J. Malenfant, ACRL scholarly communications and government relations specialist, the report presents 26 possible scenarios for the future which may have an impact on all types of academic libraries over the next 15 years.

The scenarios are based on implications assessment of current trends and reflect a variety of potential futures for higher education. The scenarios represent a variety of themes relating to academic culture, demographics, distance education, funding, globalisation, infrastructure/facilities, libraries, political climate, publishing industry, societal values, students/learning and technology.

The report is freely available online at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/issues/value/futures2025.pdf

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OCLC Board of Trustees approve new WorldCat record use policy
- 22 Jun 2010

The OCLC Board of Trustees has approved a new WorldCat record use policy, developed by a Record Use Policy Council and informed by community input. WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities for the OCLC Cooperative will be effective August 1, 2010. The new policy outlines the rights and responsibilities associated with stewardship of the WorldCat bibliographic and holdings database by and for the OCLC cooperative. This includes the use and exchange of OCLC member-contributed data comprising WorldCat.

The policy was drafted by the Record Use Policy Council, a group of 12 library leaders charged by the OCLC Board of Trustees to craft a replacement for the Guidelines for Use and Transfer of OCLC Derived Records, which was developed in 1987.

In April 2010, the Record Use Policy Council submitted to the library community and to the OCLC Board a draft policy that began a two-month period of community review and discussion. More than 275 comments were gathered via e-mail, phone, meetings and letters, in an online forum, and by monitoring blogs, listservs, and Twitter. At the end of May, community input was incorporated and a policy statement was submitted to the OCLC Board, which approved the revised document during its June meeting.

The policy is based on the premise that OCLC members value WorldCat as a comprehensive, timely, and accurate reflection of the consolidated holdings of those members. The policy's intent is to encourage the widespread use of WorldCat bibliographic data while also supporting the ongoing and long-term sustainability and utility of WorldCat and of WorldCat-based services such as resource sharing, cataloging, and discovery.

The new policy will become effective August 1, 2010, replacing the Guidelines for Use and Transfer of OCLC Derived Records. Because the data sharing environment is constantly and rapidly evolving, this new policy will be regularly reviewed to ensure its continued timeliness.

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University of Sheffield and OCLC awarded funding to explore library catalogue recommender system
- 16 Jun 2010

The University of Sheffield, in collaboration with library information provider OCLC Research, US, has been awarded funding from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council to explore a library catalogue recommender system based on the requirements and preferences of users.

The joint Doctoral Award will pay for a Ph.D. student to work for three years with Dr. Paul Clough and Ms. Barbara Sen, lecturers in The Information School at the University of Sheffield, and Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway at OCLC, investigating the applicability of the recommender concept to the domain of the library catalogue. Recommender systems suggest items to users that are likely to be of interest to them but have not yet been considered.

The goal of the project is to follow a 'user-centered' approach to the development of a library catalogue recommender system, establishing user needs and preferences before mining the bibliographic data within the WorldCat database to retrieve similar journals, books, digital media and video records that may be of interest. WorldCat allows researchers to experiment with various, large-scale sources of evidence on which to base recommendations, thereby not restricting the recommender system to the holdings and circulation activities of a single institution.

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Serials Solutions Access Control Service to improve remote user access
- 02 Jun 2010

E-Resource Access and Management Services (ERAMS) provider Serials Solutions, US, a business unit of ProQuest, has announced that it is developing Serials Solutions Access Control Service, a hosted authentication and proxy service that will improve access for users and free up library staff time. Access Control Service is expected to simplify the process of accessing library resources from remote locations, combine data management with access control, and eliminate the current requirement for IT resources to implement and manage this service.

Available later in 2010, Serials Solutions Access Control Service will authenticate users, verify their entitlement to electronic resources, and then, connect them to the library's subscribed content providers. Further, libraries will be able to consolidate management of their e-resource subscription data and its access control through the Serials Solutions Client Center, which will include a user authentication component and a Software as a Service (SaaS) proxy.

Serials Solutions Access Control Service is part of the company's overall mission to provide simple solutions to everyday issues that surround e-resources.

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OCLC researchers analyse and synthesise studies of digital information seekers
- 07 May 2010

Library information provider OCLC Research, US, has announced that its scientists, in partnership with JISC, have released a study titled ‘The Digital Information Seeker: Report of Findings From Selected OCLC, RIN and JISC User Behaviour Projects’. The report seeks to analyse and synthesise 12 separate studies to make it easier for information professionals to better understand information-seeking behaviours of library users. It also aims to help the professionals review the issues associated with the development of information services and systems that will best meet these users' needs.

The study, authored by Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway and Dr. Timothy J. Dickey, OCLC Research, was funded by JISC, and was presented during the JISC Annual Conference in London in April.

The 12 selected studies were commissioned and/or supported by non-profit organisations and government agencies, and were reviewed by the authors, who analysed the findings, compared their analyses and identified the overlapping and contradictory findings.

A synthesis of findings from these user studies points toward a number of implications for libraries that are shared by multiple studies, including library systems must do better at providing seamless access to resources; librarians must increasingly consider a greater variety of digital formats and content; library systems and content must be prepared for changing user behaviours; library systems need to look and function more like search engines, i.e., Google and Yahoo, and web services, i.e., Amazon.com, since these are familiar to users who are comfortable and confident in using them; high-quality metadata is becoming more important for discovery of appropriate resources; and the library must advertise its brand, its value and its resources better within the community.

There are many more published user behaviour studies than the 12 included in this synopsis and analysis, according to the study. This study was an attempt to review major, funded studies that were published within the past five years and that specifically addressed electronic content, users' perceptions of their information-seeking behaviours, and library catalogues. In addition, an emphasis was placed on studies of UK users. This analysis provided an opportunity to identify the common findings as well as the contradictory findings.

The full text of ‘The Digital Information Seeker: Report of Findings From Selected OCLC, RIN and JISC User Behaviour Projects’ can be found on the JISC website at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/media/documents/publications/reports/2010/digitalinformationseekerreport.pdf.

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Center for the History of Medicine receives NEH grant to create digital collection of primary sources documenting the American pandemic experience
- 06 Apr 2010

The University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine has been awarded a two-year $314,688 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create an original, open access digital collection of archival, primary, and interpretive materials related to the history of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic in the US. The University of Michigan Library, through its Scholarly Publishing Office, is contributing digital conversion, hosting, and archiving services to the project.

The project will include about 50,000 pages of original materials that document the experiences of 50 diverse communities in the US in fall 1918 and winter 1919 when influenza took the lives of an estimated 675,000 Americans. The collection’s primary resources comprise letters and correspondence, minutes of organisations and groups, reports from agencies and charities, newspaper accounts, military records, diaries, photographs and more.

According to Dr. Howard Markel, the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine, ‘The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: A Digital Encyclopedia’ will be the first to document exhaustively the impact of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic on one nation. This will permit scholars to explore how the 1918 influenza epidemic influenced many communities and sub-communities in the early twentieth-century United States. Also, it will help understand how individuals and society responded to a health crisis of extraordinary magnitude.

Online implementation of the digital collection will take place through collaboration with the Scholarly Publishing Office (SPO) of the UM Library. The SPO partners with faculty at UM and beyond to provide sustainable digital publishing services that place preservation and access at the center of its efforts. The Library is also a lead partner in the Google Book Search project and in HathiTrust, an inter-institutional repository of millions of digitised books.

‘The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: A Digital Encyclopedia’ will be launched in 2012 at www.influenzaarchive.org. The project team is led by Stern and Markel and includes J. Alexander Navarro, Mary Beth Reilly and Julie Judkins, all based at the Center for the History of Medicine. The digital encyclopaedia is the culmination of more than five years of the Center’s ongoing research in collaboration with the Global Migration and Quarantine Division of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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OCLC adds new MARC Records for items in Google Books and Hathi Trust Digital collections to WorldCat
- 06 Apr 2010

Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, has announced that it is adding records to WorldCat that represent digitised books from the Google Books Library Project and the HathiTrust Digital Library to provide greater access to and increased visibility of these digitised collections.

OCLC is working with libraries, Google and the HathiTrust to derive new MARC records that represent these digital collections based on the rich collection of print records contributed to WorldCat by the OCLC membership over the last 40 years. Searchers will begin seeing these records in WorldCat immediately. OCLC will continue to add records for these collections to WorldCat on an ongoing basis. WorldCat searchers will be able to locate digitised books from these collections and link to the associated book landing page. Also, in some cases, searchers will be able to access the full text of eBooks available through these initiatives.

HathiTrust was conceived as a collaboration of the 13 universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the University of California system to establish a repository for these universities to archive and share their digitised collections. OCLC and the HathiTrust are working together to implement a public interface for the HathiTrust catalogue through a WorldCat Local interface, to be introduced later this year.

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NEOS Library Consortium members to implement WorldCat Local service
- 29 Mar 2010

Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, has announced that the University of Alberta, Red Deer College, Lakeland College and Concordia University College of Alberta are the first among NEOS member libraries to implement WorldCat Local. WorldCat Local is the service that delivers resources of local libraries and libraries around the world through a single search box.

All members of NEOS, a cooperative library consortium that comprises 18 government, hospital, college and university libraries throughout central and northern Alberta, have been given the option to implement OCLC’s WorldCat Local service. The University of Alberta, Red Deer College, Lakeland College, and Concordia University College of Alberta will complete their implementations by March 31, 2010, with more NEOS member libraries to follow in the coming months.

WorldCat Local is a rich discovery environment that presents local library search results most relevant to the library user, followed by materials available through consortia, as well as allowing the user to search the entire WorldCat database of more than 170 million records. WorldCat Local provides single-search access to discover all types of library materials - physical, electronic and digital. WorldCat Local will interoperate with NEOS members’ existing interlibrary loan management systems and help to streamline circulation among NEOS member libraries, while maintaining each member library’s localised branding.

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Cologne-based libraries adopt open access for bibliographic data
- 16 Mar 2010

Cologne-based libraries and the Library Centre of Rhineland-Palatinate (LBZ), in cooperation with the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Center (hbz), have reportedly become the first German libraries to adopt open access for bibliographic data. The institutions have published their catalogue data for free public use. The University and Public Library of Cologne (USB), the Library of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, the University Library of the University of Applied Science of Cologne and the LBZ are participating in the move. The release of bibliographic data is projected to form a basis for linking that data with data from other domains in the Semantic Web.

The objective of the latest initiative is to provide free access to knowledge to everybody via the Internet. Until now, it was not possible to download library catalogues as a whole. The library of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has already published its data under a public domain licence in January. According to observers, cooperation and data exchange between libraries have been firmly established in the library world for more than 100 years. Freely supplying bibliographic data should not only further enhance cooperation among libraries but enable subsequent use by non-library institutions, they feel.

The North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Center has begun evaluating the possibilities to transform data from library catalogues in such a way that it can become a part of the emerging Semantic Web. The liberalisation of bibliographic data is seen to provide the legal background to perform this transformation in a cooperative, open and transparent way. Currently there are discussions with other member libraries of the hbz library network to publish their data.

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OCLC, Gale partnership to expand access to databases through WorldCat Local
- 15 Mar 2010

Global library cooperative Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), US, and e-research and educational publisher Gale, part of Cengage Learning, US, have signed an agreement to index the latter's flagship full-text periodical databases in WorldCat Local. WorldCat Local is the service that combines the cooperative power of OCLC member libraries worldwide with the ability to use WorldCat.org as a solution for local discovery and delivery services. With this new initiative, both parties seek to provide single-search access to users that subscribe to both services.

The agreement calls for OCLC to centrally index the metadata of Gale's Academic OneFile and General OneFile databases to provide WorldCat Local users a direct link to the abstracts and articles in these authoritative resources. The two databases contain about 100 million records each that connect to millions of full-text articles in both HTML and PDF from peer-reviewed journals, newspapers and magazines, as well as thousands of podcasts and transcripts.

Gale joins a growing list of OCLC eContent partners that have agreed to have their databases indexed in WorldCat Local. These institutions are collaborating on a global scale to ensure that library users can find and access the content in their local libraries, in regional libraries and through the OCLC network of WorldCat libraries worldwide. Currently, more than 100 databases, 420 million article records, and numerous digital library collections, including Google Book Search and HathiTrust, are combined with the 170 million items catalogued in WorldCat to provide libraries using WorldCat Local a rich and growing index that represents the combined print, electronic and digital collections of the OCLC membership.

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Study to assess role of libraries in supporting humanities PhD students
- 24 Feb 2010

2CUL, a partnership between the libraries at Cornell University and Columbia University, has announced a study to discover if the library can help ameliorate high attrition and low completion rates for doctoral students in the humanities.

The goal of the project is to listen to graduate students’ concerns and determine whether the library can develop strategies that will help directly with their research and contribute to their success. Grants from the Council on Library and Information Resources and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation will support the user needs assessment to determine what academic libraries can do to help humanities doctoral students complete their degrees.

Cornell’s Graduate School and Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are providing additional support. Support from Cornell's Graduate School comes from a grant from the Council of Graduate Schools for its CGS Ph.D. Completion Project.

The pilot project will involve focus groups with Cornell and Columbia’s humanities students in all stages of their PhD work, as well as recent graduates. Interviewers will then develop a questionnaire based on information from the focus groups and administer it to 20-25 students in 3-4 departments at each institution.

After the analysis period, the institutions will recommend a course of action to address the findings. Possible steps forward would include partnerships with the graduate schools, writing centres and other campus entities at both institutions. Assessment will be completed by March 2011.

Humanities students have longer mean times to complete their PhDs than students in any other discipline and, according to a recent National Science Foundation study, those times are increasing. In 2003, the average humanities student took nine years to graduate, up from 7.5 years in 1978. Another study shows that humanities students’ 49-percent completion rate within a 10-year period is considerably lower than the rates of their peers in mathematics and physical sciences (55 percent), social sciences (56 percent), life sciences (63 percent) and engineering (64 percent).

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ARL, partners receive grant to study value of academic libraries to students, faculty
- 13 Jan 2010

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Libraries and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), has received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The funding will be used to study the value of academic libraries to students, faculty, policymakers and funders.

The three-year grant, entitled ‘Value, Outcomes, and Return on Investment of Academic Libraries (Lib-Value),’ will work to enrich, expand, test, and implement methodologies measuring the return on investment (ROI) in academic libraries.

Academic libraries actively participate in the many changes in scholarship, such as the move to e-science, collaborative and participatory scholarship, and focus on new materials such as data, multimedia, and born-digital assets. To remain relevant and central to the academic mission in the future, academic librarians need to be able to demonstrate the value that the academic library provides to the campus community using proven methods of measurement.

The results of the study will provide evidence and a set of tested methodologies and tools to help academic librarians demonstrate how the library provides value to its constituents and ROI to its funders; and to measure which products and services are of most value to enhancing the university’s mission. The project is expected to expand upon earlier studies to consider multiple measures of value that the academic library brings to teaching/learning, research, and social/professional/public engagement functions of the academic institution.

To ensure that the process will be rigorous, realistic and highly visible in the academic library and university community, an experienced team of academic librarians and researchers are projected to bring their leadership to the project. The project is also engaging an advisory committee of noted information science researchers.

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EBSCO to launch ERM Essentials following beta test results
- 07 Jan 2010

Information services provider EBSCO, US, is set to launch EBSCONET ERM Essentials, which seeks to offer key features that librarians need to simplify management of their e-resources. The launch is slated to coincide with ALA Midwinter 2010.

In 2009, 25 library customers partnered with EBSCO to beta-test ERM Essentials in two phases with an initial round during the spring and a second phase beginning in mid-October. Feedback from beta testers has reportedly been positive. According to the company, users can discover a new way to manage their e-resources, eliminating the challenge of maintaining multiple e-mail chains, paper files, spreadsheets and other decentralised information spread across multiple departments and staff.

ERM Essentials is pre-populated for orders of e-journals and e-packages purchased through EBSCO with daily updates to ensure accuracy. It offers integration with other EBSCO tools that are already in the market. The product claims to provide librarians with a user-friendly system, intuitive design and a central location to manage all their e-resources. The often cumbersome job that most librarians face when trying to manage large groups of e-resources, such as e-journal collections, purportedly becomes easier with ERM Essentials. The product is positioned as the first full-featured electronic resource management tool that automatically populates and maintains more than 100 data fields for e-journals and e-packages purchased through EBSCO.

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ALA’s atyourlibrary.org posts new content to encourage library usage
- 31 Dec 2009

The American Library Association has announced that its Atyourlibrary.org, which launched earlier this year, continues to post lively new content that encourages the public to use their local library.

The mission of the site is to be a catalyst that drives people to their local libraries. The Web site works to get the word out that libraries are filled with rich resources, which are easy to access, as well as promote the goals of the Campaign for America’s Libraries. Where available, recommended resources are linked to the World Cat database, which provides a list of the nearest libraries with the recommended item.

Atyourlibrary.org is part of the Campaign for America’s Libraries (www.ala.org/@yourlibrary), ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe - use the Campaign’s @ your library brand. The Campaign is made possible by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations that advocate the importance of the library in American society.

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US study examines a decade of public library use amid high Internet usage
- 24 Dec 2009

The US’ Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced the release of a new research brief, ‘Service Trends in US Public Libraries, 1997-2007’. The brief seeks to identify important changes public libraries have made to address patron needs in an increasingly Internet-centric environment, and explores service differences in urban and rural communities.

A comparison of more than 11 years of Public Library Survey data suggests that service changes in US public libraries are having an impact on visitation and circulation, as record numbers of people now use public libraries nationwide. The survey found that the availability of Internet terminals in public libraries rose sharply between 2000 and 2007, increasing by 90 percent on a per capita basis. This dramatic increase is one example of the way US public libraries are expanding their range of services to meet patron demand, according to the study.

Between 1997 and 2007, per capita visits to public libraries increased nationwide by 19 percent. During the same period, per capita circulation increased by 12 percent. This growth in demand for library services occurred even as people increasingly turned to the Internet to meet other information needs. The study identified very different trajectories between urban and rural communities for select service trends, highlighting the importance of local context for identifying patron needs and improving services.

Future research from the Office of Policy, Planning, Research and Communication will examine library services in a variety of different contexts from small towns and remote rural areas to central cities and suburbs. It is expected that such place-based analysis would provide important insight into the impact libraries have on their communities, while building a stronger, evidence-based platform for planning library services to meet local needs.

The research brief is available online at http://www.imls.gov/pdf/Brief2010_01.pdf.

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Academic library budgets shrinking significantly, says CIBER survey
- 22 Dec 2009

The CIBER research group at University College London has announced the availability of the final report for its global library survey that concerns the challenges, trends and best practices during tough economic times. Co-sponsored by Charleston Conference, Baker & Taylor’s YBP Library Services and ebrary, the survey was completed by 835 institutions around the world. A complimentary copy of the final report can be obtained by registering at http://www.ebrary.com/corp/inforequest/survey2009.jsp.

According to the survey, the current financial year is a tough one for academic libraries, with 34.7 percent of institutions receiving a total library budget that is at least 5 percent smaller than the previous year (excluding inflation). The outlook in two years time is mixed, with 31.4 percent expecting their total library budget to be smaller than in the current financial year, 40.1 percent about the same, and 28.4 percent expecting an increase. Overall, resource budgets are more vulnerable than personnel, services or infrastructure, with monographs and print journals being the most vulnerable to cutbacks.

When trimming their resources budget, libraries were least likely to cut e-books, followed by electronic-only serials and database subscriptions. About 52.5 percent of libraries view the acceleration of print to digital as the most effective option for balancing their budgets, with subscription as the most popular method. Just under half of all libraries see the demonstration of value through usage and outcomes data as the smartest way to manage the cost of resources.

Dr. Allen McKiel, Dean of Library and Media Services at Western Oregon University, will lead an interactive presentation of the final results at ALA Midwinter. The event is slated for January 16, 2010, from 10:30 am to 12 pm at the Boston Park Plaza in Boston. All are invited to discuss what the findings mean for libraries as well as possible responses and solutions. Librarians, faculty members, publishers and others are encouraged to write papers on the survey.

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Miami-Dade Public Library System opts for discovery tool AquaBrowser Library
- 02 Nov 2009

The Miami-Dade Public Library System has announced that it has chosen AquaBrowser Library, a discovery tool offering visual, faceted searching that connects to any data source. AquaBrowser is projected to help the library’s members easily and fully explore its vast collection. Existing users of the search tool include over 700 libraries.

AquaBrowser seeks to offer users a familiar web-like experience, with the precision needed for discovery, without any disruption to the library’s backroom and staff activities. Its technology is seen to provide users with an intuitive and attractive interface on top of an existing catalogue. The library internally keeps working the way it always has, but customers get the kind of search and Web 2.0 experience they have come to expect on the Internet, according to the company.

The tool is designed to utilise common search behaviours to deliver immediate results and relevant content from a variety of sources. Its “search, discover, refine” methodology is seen to provide visualisation and faceting features that help users quickly and easily uncover relevant results and inspire them to explore more of a library’s resources.

SerialsSolutions is the exclusive provider of AquaBrowser Library to academic and special libraries in North America. AquaBrowser North America provides the service to public libraries. The tool was developed by Medialab Solutions, a US-based provider of library software. Medialab had announced in July 2009 that, in a single year, more than 400 libraries had chosen AquaBrowser Library. In August, the eiNetwork,a collaboration of the Allegheny County Library Association and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, had announced the adoption of AquaBrowser to provide its 44 member libraries with an independent discovery layer.

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ARL’ new series of invited reports to address emerging roles for research libraries
- 27 Oct 2009

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is initiating a new series of invited reports addressing emerging roles for research libraries. The New Roles for New Times series will begin publication with five reports in 2010. The reports will identify and outline emerging roles for research library staff and present research on early experiences among ARL member libraries in developing the roles and delivering services.

Reports being developed for the New Roles for New Times Reports series are: Transforming liaison librarian work by Karen Williams, University of Minnesota; Repository services by Sarah Shreeves, University of Illinois; Digital curation and preservation by Tyler Walters, Georgia Tech; Library roles in promoting graduate students’ development of research skills and understanding of scholarly communication by Lucinda Covert-Vail and Scott Collard, NYU; and New roles in providing print collections: remote storage and collection consolidation by Emily Stambaugh, California Digital Library.

These reports will highlight existing work, report authors’ findings, and offer analysis of trends, best practices, and key issues. Each of these will describe the emerging role, articulating the audience affected by the new role and the benefits various constituencies experience as a result of the new role. Reports will be freely available as PDF files on ARL’s New Roles for New Times website at http://www.arl.org/rtl/nrnt/.

Complementing the report set, ARL will work with the New Roles authors to organise corresponding webcasts on each topic. Webcasts will be scheduled to follow a report’s release.

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Wellcome Trust seeks greater transparency from journals on OA publishing costs
- 21 Oct 2009

The UK’s Wellcome Trust has called for greater transparency among publishers to counter the argument that access fees are being paid twice - once through subscriptions and again through publication fees. The call comes as the Trust announces a further £2 million to fund open access (OA) publication fees for its researchers over the next 12 months. The funds are part of the ongoing commitment to ensuring that the results of all Trust-funded research are made freely available online.

Since 2005, the Wellcome Trust has made it a condition of funding that researchers are required to make any Trust-funded publications available within six months through life sciences online archive, UK PubMed Central (UKPMC). The Trust will meet publication costs where the publisher agrees to make articles freely available through UKPMC at the time of publication and to license these works in a way that facilitates re-use, subject to proper attribution.

In recent months, however, concern has been expressed by the research community that publishers are using OA fees as an additional revenue stream without making a concerted effort to adapt their business models. In other words, access fees are being paid twice, through subscriptions and through publication fees.

UKPMC is currently being developed with the aim that it becomes the information resource of choice for the UK biomedical and health research communities. The development programme is managed by the British Library in consultation with UKPMC funding organisations and the academic community.

Key developments include providing the functionality - through text and data mining technologies - to integrate research articles with a range of other online sources. These include gene, protein and chemical compound databases. There is also an effort to integrate a range of bibliographic databases - including Medline, Patents and Agricola - into a single, seamless discovery tool. The new UKPMC site will go live early in 2010.

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OCLC, SWRLS announce collaboration using WorldCat Local in UK
- 13 Oct 2009

Global library cooperative OCLC, US, and the South West Regional Library Service (SWRLS) have announced a collaboration. The initiative will initially see seven public library authorities in the South West of England using WorldCat Local as their shared end user discovery service in 2010.

Library authorities in Bournemouth, Bath & NE Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Plymouth are working with OCLC to implement a discovery interface. The interface will enable users to search and place reservations on materials held across the South West region. The service is a replacement for Wisdom, formerly supplied by DS Ltd, now part of the Axiell Group. By adopting this approach, the libraries expect to also raise their profile on the web by becoming visible in WorldCat.org, a web destination for the discovery of library resources.

The libraries, through their participation in UnityUK, are already regularly updating their bibliographic and holdings information, which OCLC then uploads to WorldCat. This facilitated records transfer is seen to have opened up the potential for them to utilise services built on the WorldCat platform, including WorldCat Local. The seven SWRLS libraries will have their own individualised web discovery interface reflecting their libraries’ branding and holdings switched on. Each interface will also present real-time holdings information from the other participating libraries to quicken the time it takes for users to locate items of interest.

The decision by libraries in the South West to adopt WorldCat Local as a shared service comes at a time when public libraries across the country are joining up service provision. In September, the Society of Chief Librarians announced an initiative to allow members of a library to borrow books from any of 4,000 libraries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. And, as has been widely reported, the UK government is planning a national request service backed up by home delivery in an attempt to reinvigorate the public’s perception of libraries.

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‘Big deals’ overtaking single subscriptions, says ALPSP survey of librarians
- 09 Oct 2009

The Association of Learning and Professional Society Publishing (ALPSP) has announced that, according to its recent survey of librarians, the average number of journals being made available by libraries more than doubled between 2000 and 2009. However, librarians are predicting that they will provide access to around the same number of journals in 2010 as they did in 2009, with more journals purchased as part of 'big deals' and fewer as single subscriptions. This will be of concern to smaller publishers who are unable to offer their content as part of a 'big deal' and those that are launching new subscription journals.

ALPSP undertook the survey in mid-2009 to inform a panel discussion at the ALPSP International Conference 2009. It conducted the survey against the backdrop of the global economic downturn that began in the second half of 2008, and the impact that this had on public finances and on the volatility of the world's major currencies.

The survey was designed by Richard Gedye, Research Director, Oxford University Press and Chair of the conference panel session, and Ian Russell, Chief Executive, ALPSP, with input and advice from the four librarians involved in the conference panel session: Rick Anderson (University of Utah), Colin Storey (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Jill Taylor-Roe (Newcastle University), and Nol Verhagen (Amsterdam University).

A significant proportion of librarians responding to the survey state that they would prefer to purchase content from non-profit publishers. However, the profit status of the publisher is not an important factor in any of the purchasing decisions surveyed. There is a strong demand from library customers to move more journals to electronic only. Three of the four most important barriers are within the control of publishers who may wish to consider what more can be done regarding electronic only offerings, licensing terms and post cancellation access to facilitate this move.

Librarians generally understand and value the role that academic publishers play in the dissemination and communication of scholarship. However, there is room for a better understanding of the inflationary pressures on journal prices and better communication regarding this from the scholarly publishing industry generally.

Librarians look for the most advantageous cost / benefit ratio when making their purchasing decisions. Usage statistics, both overall use and cost per use, are very important tools used in determining whether to renew or cancel journal content. Publishers should therefore continue to make every effort to maximise the usage of their version of the article, says the survey. Faculty continue to play a very important role in all purchasing decisions relating to single subscriptions, and end user marketing will therefore remain a priority for journal publishers who primarily sell their content as single subscriptions.

Librarians responding to the survey are knowledgeable of open access publishing business models. However, more work needs to be done to minimise the burden of administrating open access publishing and to ensure that expenditure is predictable, the survey findings indicate.

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ARL tests web-based publishing platform for Research Library Issues
- 08 Oct 2009

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has announced improved search and new online features for its flagship publication Research Library Issues: A Bimonthly Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC (RLI). A freely available online-only publication, RLI includes articles on the major issues that research libraries face in meeting the academic and research needs of the diverse communities they serve.

Recent issues of RLI are now available on a test basis through Tizra Publisher, a Web-based publishing platform. The system’s features include full-text search; page-at-a-time linking; and compatibility with mobile devices. The software also allows readers to zoom in if text is too small, and download full articles for printing or offline viewing via links available on every page. The new Test Site for Research Library Issues is freely available at http://publications.arl.org.

This service is introduced by ARL as a test to gauge user response and determine if such a platform could be used to distribute other ARL publications. Comments on the new platform should be directed to pubs@arl.org.

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JISC, SCONUL, UCISA report on impact of recession on library and IT services
- 06 Oct 2009

The UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) and Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association (UCISA) have commissioned a report on academic library and IT services. The report shows how academic library and IT services are budgeting for today’s economic conditions, but are in need of help to scenario plan for the long term impact of the recession.

The report, ‘The impact of the economic recession on university library and IT services’ contains the findings of 40 interviews carried out in 36 universities across the UK. It shows that library and IT services are adept at managing their budgets year on year. However, it acknowledges that there is a need to develop creative solutions to be able to offer the 24 hour access to resources that students, academics and researchers currently expect.

It also warns that the impact of any cuts is likely to have wide implications on institutions’ delivery of their overall strategic aims, such as enhancing the student experience. The report is available online at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/documents/libsitimpacts.aspx.

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ARL brings out special report on liaison librarian roles
- 30 Sep 2009

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released a report on liaison librarian roles as a special issue of Research Library Issues (RLI). Guest edited by ARL’s Karla Hahn, this special issue of RLI focuses on the evolution of new roles and institutional strategies for liaison work.

Five articles identify emerging roles and consider the challenges of developing corresponding liaison capabilities. Authors from Minnesota, Berkeley, MIT, British Columbia, and NYU each reflect on their experiences and offer insights to fellow travellers mapping out their own routes to a new vision of liaison work.

Research Library Issues is a Bimonthly Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC (RLI). The freely available, online-only publication is released six times per year by the Association of Research Libraries. RLI focuses on the major issues that affect the ability of research libraries to meet the academic and research needs of the diverse communities they serve.

ARL, a nonprofit organisation of 123 research libraries in North America, aims to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. It seeks to advance the goals of its member research libraries; provide leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities; foster the exchange of ideas and expertise; and shape a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organisations.

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OCLC convenes council to study and develop new WorldCat Record Use Policy
- 16 Sep 2009

Global library cooperative OCLC, US, has announced that its board of trustees has convened a Record Use Policy Council. The council will draw upon the fundamental values of the OCLC cooperative and engage with libraries worldwide to develop the next generation of the WorldCat Record Use Policy. The intent is to recommend a new policy that is aligned with the present and future information landscape. The new policy will replace the Guidelines for Use and Transfer of OCLC Derived Records that was developed in 1987.

The formation of this council was one of the recommendations contained in the final report of the OCLC Review Board on the Principles of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship. This report was formed in January 2009 to represent the membership and inform OCLC on best practices for sharing library data.

The Policy Council is also charged with carrying out the other recommendations contained in the final report, including development of a policy to enable expanding the role and value of WorldCat in the broad information ecosystem. The members of the OCLC Record Use Policy Council have agreed to undertake a significant body of work to canvass the current and future information needs of the library community and provide a broad and inclusive set of perspectives and experiences.

Over the next seven months, the council will review key values and principles underlying the current guidelines developed in 1987; develop success criteria for a revised policy or guidelines; conduct and disseminate the results of an environmental scan of data-sharing policies; evaluate findings from the environmental scan and draft a new policy and recommendations for implementation; and develop a formal, transparent and well-managed process for vetting the new draft policy with the OCLC Regional Councils and the OCLC Global Council as the representatives of the OCLC membership.

The Record Use Policy Council will begin its work soon. The group will define an approach and timeline to carry out this charge. The council will submit a new draft policy and recommendations for implementation to the Chair of the OCLC board of trustees and OCLC President and CEO, for review and approval by the trustees in midyear 2010.

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ARL calls for proposals for 2010 National Diversity in Libraries Conference
- 08 Sep 2009

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has announced that ‘From Groundwork to Action’, the 2010 National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC), will take place from July 14-16, 2010, in Princeton, New Jersey. The biennial NDLC seeks to serve as a regional meeting for library staff members to discuss diversity issues, especially issues common to the host region’s culture.

The 2010 NDLC Planning Committee has called for proposals for presentation at the conference. Conference presentations are sought in all areas of diversity including – but not limited to - workplace, user services and technology.

The deadline for submitting proposals is October 2, 2009. Those interested in participating in the event can consult the NDLC wiki for further information regarding presentation formats, selection criteria and submission guidelines.

ARL, a nonprofit organisation of 123 research libraries in North America, aims to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. It seeks to advance the goals of its member research libraries; provide leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities; foster the exchange of ideas and expertise; and shape a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organisations.

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Association of Research Libraries publishes Public Engagement, SPEC Kit 312
- 01 Sep 2009

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published Public Engagement, SPEC Kit 312, which explores the ways in which traditional ‘outreach’ programmes in academic libraries are evolving to address the emergent concept of ‘public engagement’ at the institutional level. It also looks at the degree to which the library is integrated into campus-level efforts to promote public engagement.

By the March deadline, responses had been submitted by 56 of 123 ARL member libraries for a response rate of 46 percent. Of the 56 responding libraries, 88 percent reported providing such programmes as part of their service profile. Respondents identified a wide variety of programmes that they characterise as ‘public engagement.’ The top four areas of library activity reported were programmes in the areas of K-12 education (80%), cultural engagement (75%), government information/e-government (68%), and lifelong learning (66%).

SPEC Kit 312 includes documentation from respondents in the form of mission statements, descriptions of library engagement programmes, examples of awards programme, scholarship of engagement information and job descriptions. The table of contents and executive summary from this SPEC Kit are available online at http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/spec-312-web.pdf.

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eiNetwork consortia opts for AquaBrowser library software
- 28 Aug 2009

The eiNetwork, a collaboration of the Allegheny County Library Association and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, has opted for the AquaBrowser library software, which provides libraries with visual and faceted search solutions.

AquaBrowser will provide eiNetwork’s 44 member libraries — which have holdings of nearly 4 million items — with an independent discovery layer. The Medialab Solutions product seeks to offer users a contemporary web experience without any disruption to the library’s backroom and staff activities. It also seeks to provide technology that empowers users with an intuitive and attractive interface on top of an existing catalogue. The library internally keeps working the way it always has, but customers get the kind of search and Web 2.0 experience they’ve come to expect on the Internet.

Existing users of AquaBrowser include 600 libraries. Other large consortia offering AquaBrowser to their users include Ramapo Catskill Library System (NY), Metropolitan Library Network System (MN), Upper Hudson Library System (NY), Southeastern Libraries Cooperating System (MN), Library Integrated Network Consortium (IL), MARINet (CA) and Prairie Area Library System (IL).

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EBSCO offers SUSHI Software Development Kit
- 14 Aug 2009

Information service company EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), Netherlands, has developed an open source software development kit (SDK) for developing clients and servers for the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI). The SDK will assist content providers in implementing SUSHI – a key requirement for being compliant with Release 3 of the COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) Code of Practice for Journals and Databases.

The SDK includes .Net classes that will facilitate working with COUNTER 3.0 data and SUSHI 1.6 services. Whether the intended solution is a SUSHI client or server, these classes will provide the groundwork to allow developers to focus on the logic rather than implementing the standard. The SDK, which contains documentation, source code, a sample client, and a sample server can be found at http://code.google.com/p/ebscosushisdk/.

SUSHI will be an integral part of EBSCO’s Usage Consolidation module, a new service that is being added to ERM Essentials, the company’s e-resource management system.

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ARL releases new guide on outreach to scholarly society leaders, editors and members
- 07 Aug 2009

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released a new guide on outreach to scholarly society leaders to assist libraries in developing positive, supportive relationships with leaders, editors, and members of academic scholarly societies affiliated with their institutions. It will support development of faculty outreach programmes at ARL member libraries by offering strategy and tactics for increasing the engagement with leaders at their institution.

The guide seeks to increase library staff’s conscious connections with leaders of scholarly societies residing on their campus in order to build positive relationships between librarians and faculty members; create opportunities for education and dialog with key opinion leaders and decision-makers within disciplinary communities; identify opportunities for libraries to partner/collaborate with scholarly societies; enhance library leadership’s decision-making capability by building a better understanding of their faculty members’ and researchers’ ongoing needs for services from scholarly societies; successful campus outreach should encourage and support society leaders to engage in positive change that advances the scholarly communication system, promotes new research modes, and offers a path forward in a time of paradigm shift.

The full text of ‘Campus Outreach to Scholarly Society Leaders, Editors, and Members: Promoting positive change and a continuing role for scholarly societies’ is freely available at http://www.arl.org/sc/faculty/coi/coitalkpoints2009.shtml.

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