Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, has announced that Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp) (São Paulo State University) has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform to unify the management of its physical and electronic library collections and provide seamless access to the digital collection, an aggregate of more than three million items. For the 34 member libraries, the Alma platform will replace the Ex Libris Aleph system, which has served the institution for more than two decades. Unesp is the first Brazilian university to implement Alma cloud services.
The new library services platform will give the university greater control over the acquisition, cataloging, and circulation processes for print materials, e-books, and other types of electronic content, simplifying the work of librarians and library assistants. Facilitating the libraries’ collaboration with faculty members, the Alma platform will enable the libraries to become more involved in teaching, learning, and research.
The initiative to overhaul the library system was conceived in 2017 by the general coordinator of libraries (CGB) and received the approval of the dean of undergraduate studies (“PROGRAD”), the Information Technology Coordination (CTInf) group, and the rector’s office.
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