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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