Chicago, IL—January 22, 2013. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that the Portland Academic Health Libraries (PAHL) consortium has selected the Primo discovery and delivery solution and the Alma resource management service. PAHL members are the National College of Natural Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and University of Western States. Replacing their Innovative Millennium systems, these schools are joining a community of over 120 institutions that have selected Alma, many of which are replacing systems from other vendors.
The consortium has chosen Alma to transform its libraries' methods of operation and even more important, the way in which they manage their collaboration with a diverse range of partners both in the region and further afield. Oregon Health & Science University is also a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, which recently adopted Alma. Chris Shaffer, university librarian at Oregon Health & Science University, commented: "In addition to enabling PAHL to maintain and improve traditional consortium services such as resource sharing, Alma will also provide a range of new collaborative services. We are looking forward to changing the way we manage our libraries behind the scenes, and we are especially excited about offering our users a unified discovery experience that will enable them to access the consortium's extensive specialized health collections via a single interface."
"We are pleased to welcome another academic library consortium to the North American Alma community," remarked Mark Triest, president of Ex Libris North America. "Alma is proving to be a game changer for consortia, by enabling libraries to cooperate and create new services that were not possible until now. Through the system's tight integration with Primo, library users can search for and access information within a seamless discovery experience, a particular benefit to consortia such as PAHL that are sharing collections across sites."
About Portland Academic Health Libraries Consortium
Founded in 1999, The Portland Academic Health Libraries Consortium provides library collections and services to the faculty, staff, and students of the National College of Natural Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and the University of Western States.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic, national, and research libraries. Offering the only 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. 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 maximize 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.