Jerusalem, Israel—September 10, 2012. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that the library of Fort Hays State University (FHSU) has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma library management service. FHSU has run Ex Libris solutions for many years, including the Voyager integrated library system, Primo discovery and delivery solution, and bX Recommender.
The library has now completed its transition to next-generation services by replacing the multiple systems previously used for managing its print, electronic, and digital collections with just two solutions: Primo, which provides a single discovery platform, and Alma, which offers unified resource management.
All of FHSU's Ex Libris solutions are now running in the Ex Libris cloud environment. This software-as-a-service (SaaS) deployment reduces librarians' technical burden and frees them up to concentrate on supporting users' research and learning activities.
"Our new library system is unlike any other," commented Director John Ross of FHSU's Forsyth Library. "The Ex Libris team worked with us very successfully on the migration from Voyager, which proceeded extremely smoothly. Above all, we feel that the Ex Libris vision aligns with the strategic direction of the university and the library: pursuing academic excellence by harnessing a unified resource-management and delivery framework that supports all our scholarly goals."
Mark Triest, president of Ex Libris North America, remarked: "Going live with Alma is an important landmark for Fort Hays and one that the Ex Libris community in North America is watching with great interest. As a major pillar of the FHSU library's long-term strategy, Alma will enable the library to clearly demonstrate its value throughout the campus community."
By consolidating the disparate systems used by today's libraries to manage electronic, print, and digital resources, the Ex Libris Alma solution accelerates libraries' capacity to deliver next-generation services. Alma's cloud infrastructure helps libraries increase their efficiency through data sharing and collaboration. As a result, libraries can focus their resources on extending services within and outside their institution, while supporting the institution's teaching and research missions.
About Fort Hays State University
FHSU is a forward-thinking, entrepreneurial university in the Midwest of the United States. The school enrolls more than 12,000 students and offers hundreds of certificate and degree programs at the associate's, bachelor's, and master's levels through 28 academic departments. Located halfway between Denver and Kansas City, FHSU is a welcoming community in the heart of historic Hays, which celebrates both its frontier roots and its modern sensibility.
For more information, see http://www.fhsu.edu.
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.