The Swiss Library Service Platform (SLSP) has selected Ex Libris and Alma as the technology to power a new technical environment to support all the academic and research libraries in Switzerland. This initiative, coordinated through the ETHBibliothek, will encompass about 600 libraries spanning 130 institutions. This new centralized system will displace several incumbent individual-library and consortial ILS implementations including Aleph, VTLS Virtua, and Intota.
The Swiss Library Services Platform was formed through the consolidation of six existing networks. Some of the major library organizations participating in the project include Haute école de gestion de Genève, Informationsverbund Deutschschweiz, Réseau des bibliothèques de Suisse occidentale, the University of Basel, University of Bern, University of Zurich, Université de Fribourg, Université de Genève, and the Zentralbibliothek Zürich. The libraries in the project span multiple cultures and languages, including German, Italian, and French.
Implementation of the Alma and Primo for SLSP will commence in 2019 and run through 2021. This major project reinforces two trends. Ever larger groups of libraries, including national, statewide, and regional, can consolidate diverse and distributed automation environments into broadly shared technical infrastructure based on a library services platform. These initiatives aim to lower costs and to provide new opportunities for resource sharing. This project also reflects the trend for Ex Libris Alma as the library services platform that dominates large projects involving shared infrastructure among groups of research or academic libraries.
For more information, see http://www.library.ethz.ch/en/ About-us/Projects/SLSP-Swiss-Library-Service-Platform.