Jerusalem, Israel—February 4, 2008. Ex Libris Group is pleased to announce that the number of institutions choosing the Primo discovery and delivery solution continues to increase rapidly. The British Library and the University of Auckland, New Zealand join the nearly 100 prominent libraries and universities around the globe that are offering patrons the Primo cutting-edge interface to their entire library collection.
A unified solution for the discovery and delivery of all library resources, regardless of format and location, Primo addresses the expectations of today's library users for quick, easy, and effective searching and retrieval. Primo enables libraries to present their entire collection in an entirely new way, offering patrons a single point of access to a wealth of authoritative information.
The British Library, a long-time Ex Libris customer running the Aleph® integrated library system, the SFX® context-sensitive link server, and the DigiTool® digital asset management system, chose Primo to provide patrons with access to the library catalog through a user-centric interface that adheres to Web 2.0 concepts.
"Primo provides us with a greatly improved catalogue interface and allows us to collaborate more closely with our users," explained Roger Butcher, Primo project manager at the British Library. "It will also help us increase the exposure of our other collections such as recorded sound and manuscripts."
"Our Primo application will provide a one-stop shop offering access to all of the Library's collections" commented Janet Copsey, university librarian at the University of Auckland, a long-time Voyager customer and a recent SFX, MetaLib and DigiTool customer. "Primo will enable the Library to improve access to all its print, electronic, audio, and video resources by reintegrating these increasingly fragmented collections into a Web 2.0 environment that will engage our users."
"We welcome all of the customers joining the Primo community and are extremely pleased with the rapid pace at which Primo sites continue to go live around the world—the most recent of which is Iowa State University," noted Gilad Gal, Primo product manager at Ex Libris. "Ex Libris collaborates closely with its customers to continually develop new solutions that maximize the library patron’s experience while enhancing staff efficiency. We are pleased that distinguished institutions such as the British Library, the University of Auckland, Yonsei University (South Korea), and the TriUniversity Group of Libraries (Ontario, Canada)—all of which are Ex Libris customers—recognize these benefits in Primo and have thus chosen to make it the front end to their library collections."
About the British Library
The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive research collection.
For additional information on the British Library, see http://www.bl.uk
About the University of Auckland
At 38,000 students, the University of Auckland is New Zealand’s largest university and pre-eminent research-led institution. Established in 1883, it has grown into an international center of learning and academic excellence. Twelve subject-specific libraries and four information commons make the University of Auckland Library the largest tertiary library system in New Zealand. The Library is a national leader in providing and developing electronic resources; its LEARN gateway offers authorized users round-the-clock access from anywhere in the world to the Library's Voyager catalog as well as over 700 networked databases, 80,000 e-journals, and 300,000 e-books. The Library has also developed a number of freely accessible, unique digital resources focusing on New Zealand and the Pacific http://www.library.auckland.ac.nz/digitalcollections
For additional information on the University of Auckland, see http://www.auckland.ac.nz
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 products that serve the needs of libraries today and will enable them to transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 70 countries on six continents.
Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with our customers, Ex Libris enables academic, national, and research libraries to maximize productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering patrons to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.