Hamburg, Germany—February 27, 2013. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano in Italy is in production with the Ex Libris Alma library management solution. The library adopted the Primo discovery and delivery solution in 2011 to provide users with a unified showcase for all the institution's collections. Complementing Primo, Alma now consolidates all the library's back-office operations in a single, cloud-based solution that will lead to substantial improvements in efficiency.
"Our strategic goal has been achieved," commented Elisabeth Frasnelli, library director at the University. "We are very satisfied with the implementation of Alma at the library and extend our thanks to Ex Libris. Our experience during the implementation project was extremely positive: Ex Libris provided a highly competent team, solution-oriented management of the project, and consistent attention from senior levels at Ex Libris."
Staff members at the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano are looking forward to numerous improvements in their day-to-day activities. "We are questioning all our business procedures and asking whether Alma's workflow-oriented approach can provide better results in areas that we hadn't previously anticipated," noted Ms. Frasnelli. "We have already seen improvements in our communications with users and suppliers, and the built-in Alma Analytics module is helping us understand our use of resources and make insightful plans for the future."
Bettina Forster, European vice president of professional services at Ex Libris, remarked: "It has been a pleasure to work with the energetic and ambitious team at Bozen/Bolzano, who are overcoming challenges and enthusiastically transforming their library with Alma. The University of Bozen/Bolzano is one of the earliest Alma sites in Europe to go live and the first one in Italy—an exciting and noteworthy achievement for all. As more and more European libraries move towards production with Alma, the Bozen/Bolzano project is an inspiration and motivation for them."
About the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano
The Free University of Bozen/Bolzano was founded on October 31, 1997, as a multilingual, internationally oriented, private institution. The University promotes the free exchange of ideas and scientific knowledge, linking itself to the European tradition of humanities and laying the foundations for its society by promoting respect for democratic principles. The international orientation of Bozen/Bolzano is further emphasized by its commitment to multilingualism and to an international academic staff and student body.
For more information, see http://www.unibz.it/en/public/university/default.html.
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.