UNE Deploys Ex Libris's Alma Solution for Integrated Resource Management and Discovery

By CIOReview | Wednesday, March 23, 2016

FREMONT, CA: University of New England (UNE) has adopted the Ex Libris ‘Alma’ library management service and the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, provides unified management for electronic, print, and digital resources, through Alma Analytics’ reporting capabilities by providing a seamless, cloud-based service.

“With the shift toward greater numbers of digital and electronic library collections, the use of Alma collaborative features will enhance acquisitions, cataloging, and resource sharing,” comments Barbara Paton, Librarian, UNE. “The collection of data for analytics will provide us with business intelligence to help the library satisfy current and future requirements. Furthermore, the new platform will enable us to streamline processes, giving our staff more time to support new initiatives that contribute to teaching, learning, and research,” Paton added.

The Ex Libris solution, Alma replaces an Innovative Interfaces Virtua, integrated in the library system. Alma is a SaaS solution for integrated resource management and discovery that enables the New South Wales, Australia based UNE to manage print and electronic resources efficiently, eliminating the functional silos, and to create automated workflow in the system. Additionally, this solution provides robust analytic tools that help their staff to maximize the potential of the library’s collections. This cloud-based SaaS platform reduces the total cost of ownership of the physical and technical infrastructure while supporting the need of the next-generation library that facilitates discovery as well as the access to the library resources.

Furthermore, Primo’s interoperability features with Alma allows UNE with the access to real-time availability of holdings and item records, flexible back office, refreshed and intuitive new user interface, and more.