When Ex Libris acquired campusM, a SaaS platform, “we saw an opportunity to increase the delivery of important services across mobile devices,” illustrates Hines. campusM offers a mobile application, which provides a one stop shop to review courses, check out books, navigate the campus, engage in classroom polling, and other activities. The platform offers true native apps, including most device functionality such as GPS, offline working, and cameras. It has the ability to draw on analytics for the wide range of interactions students make with their mobile devices. “Using data from attendance in lectures, in-class engagement and use of learning facilities such as the Learning Management Solution and the library, an institution can build a picture of a student as an individual learner,” says Hines. The use of analytics ensures that universities are investing in the right resources to support and supplement faculty in their course design and delivery.
Being a staunch believer of constant innovation, the company moved towards next-generation integrated library systems with the introduction of Alma in 2009. The popular library management solution features a monthly release schedule, continuously providing updates and enhancements to customers. In 2015, Ex Libris launched Leganto—a resource list solution linking the library to the needs of instructors—and also acquired oMbiel, a leading UK-based SaaS Platform provider of mobile and portal solutions for higher education.
Effective use of mobile technology gives students access to what they want and when they want it, driving engagement and enhancing student experience
The company aims at expanding their library service products within larger universities of the world. Commenting on the plans for the days to come, Hines said, “We will accomplish this by leveraging advanced cloud and mobile technologies with user-friendly interfaces that deliver personalized experiences.”