Adelaide, Australia—July 23, 2013. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that RMIT University is in production with the Alma library management service from Ex Libris. In tandem with Ex Libris Primo, which RMIT implemented in 2012, Alma has replaced multiple systems, including the Library's Voyager ILS.
"Alma is operating seamlessly for Library staff. Cloud solutions just work!" commented Stephen Gillespie, associate director, library resources at RMIT University Library. "Alma will make our staff members' workflows simpler and more efficient, thereby freeing up time for tasks that support our students' and faculty's academic objectives."
The largest institution of higher education in Australia, RMIT was keen to stay at the forefront of innovation in the library automation sphere, having experienced the benefits of a single search interface via Primo. "We saw how Primo helped our large user community quickly find comprehensive, relevant materials," continued Mr. Gillespie. "We wanted to harness the same approach—a unified technological framework for all library collections and formats—to transform our resource management and overall operations."
"In addition to enjoying the efficiencies and increased productivity that Alma offers, we are pleased that we no longer have to worry about installing software updates or maintaining hardware," added Mr. Gillespie. "We also value the benefits, to both staff and users, of RMIT's remaining an active member of the Ex Libris customer community."
Holley Dumble, Ex Libris sales director for Australia and New Zealand, remarked: "We are pleased to be deepening our collaboration with RMIT, which is already exploring integrations and enhancements that will further streamline staff workflows and improve scholarly outcomes. Throughout the implementation process, I was impressed by the dedication of RMIT University Library staff members, who worked along with our local team to ensure a gentle transition to Alma."
RMIT is a global university of technology and design and Australia's largest tertiary institution. The university enjoys an international reputation for excellence in practical education and outcome-oriented research. RMIT is a leader in technology, design, global business, communication, global communities, health solutions, and urban sustainable futures. In the 2011 QS World University Rankings, RMIT placed in the top 100 universities in the world for engineering and technology. The university's student population of 74,000 includes 30,000 international students, of whom more than 17,000 are taught offshore (almost 6,000 at RMIT Vietnam).
For more information, see http://www.rmit.edu.au/.
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.