Ex Libris reports that it more than 150 institutions, primarily academic libraries, have now signed contracts for its new Alma library services platform and the Primo discovery platform. The Leddy Library at the University of Windsor announced its selection of Alma in April 2013. The library will migrate to Alma and Primo from its current Evergreen ILS, an open source product, which finds use primarily in consortia of public libraries. This migration represents one of the very few examples of libraries moving away from Evergreen. In this case, the move toward a suite of products specifically designed for academic libraries and away from one used mostly by public libraries may be more relevant than the preference for open source or commercially licensed software.
On the personnel front, Ex Libris has appointed Koby Rosenthal as its new General Manager for the European Region and Corporate Vice President. This position was formerly held by Marc Daubach, who left the company in January 2013. From Ex Libris's earliest days, Europe has been one of its most successful markets, especially for Aleph, SFX, and Primo. Marketing Alma there will be a critical opportunity for the company.