Boston, MAŚMay 9, 2012 Ex Libris Group, a global leader in library automation solutions, has been selected by National University to provide next-generation library management and discovery services through the Alma unified resource-management system and the Primo unified discovery and delivery system.
Primo will offer advanced discovery capabilities to the National University user community, replacing two discovery systems: the EBSCO Discovery Service and Serials Solutions AquaBrowser. As a one-stop service, Primo enables users to fulfill their information needs by exploring their library's locally managed collections along with global and regional resources, and to obtain a single result list sorted by the Ex Libris advanced ScholarRank relevance-ranking technology.
National University will consolidate its library systems with Alma, replacing a number of legacy systems, including SirsiDynix Unicorn and the Serials Solutions 360 Link and 360 Resource Manager solutions. Delivered as a cloud service, Alma enables libraries to focus their resources on supporting the institution's teaching and research missions. Alma unifies workflows across print, electronic, and digital resources and helps libraries increase their efficiency through data sharing and collaboration.
"We are very excited to join the Ex Libris community," said Anne Marie Secord, National University's director of library services. "Primo and Alma will deliver significant benefits to the library. First, Ex Libris offers an integrated approach that enables us to retire the numerous separate products and services we currently use. Second, we chose a cloud-based solution to reduce the technical burden on our staff and to make updating an easy, timely process. In addition, we sought a robust reporting component to support sophisticated statistical analyses across modules."
National University is the first academic member of the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) to select Alma. As a new Primo site, National joins other SCELC institutions in the Primo customer community, including the Claremont Colleges, Santa Clara University, and the Master's College.
Mark Triest, president of Ex Libris North America, commented: "We're honored by National University's decision to deploy the Alma and Primo next-generation library services. The students, faculty, and staff who will benefit from this decision have yet another reason to be confident in National University's culture of innovation and value."
About National University
Founded in 1971 and headquartered in San Diego, California, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California and the twelfth-largest in the United States. With 22,000 full-time students and 129,000 alumni, National University is the flagship institution of the National University System and is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse population of students. Through its College of Letters and Sciences; School of Business and Management; School of Education; School of Engineering, Technology and Media; and School of Health and Human Services, National University offers 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 22 teacher credentials at more than 45 locations throughout California and across the nation.
To learn more, visit www.nu.edu.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly solutions that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of over 5,000 sites in more than 80 countries on six continents.
Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables academic, national and research libraries to maximize productivity and efficiency, while at the same time greatly enhancing the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.