Adelaide, Australia—January 17, 2013. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that the Barr Smith Library of the University of Adelaide has adopted the Primo discovery and delivery solution.
University Librarian Ray Choate emphasized that this was an enterprise-level decision for the University and was based on a number of major considerations: "Primo will enable students and researchers to discover the full range of library resources via a single search, with the option to personalize the ranking of results. The solution will play a pivotal role in fulfilling the learning and educational objectives of the University's new strategic plan, which emphasizes small group learning and individual research projects, requiring enriched discovery of diverse library resources. Primo is also a component of our preparation and architecture for implementing the Ex Libris next-generation Alma SaaS library management solution in 2014 as part of the University's participation in the Alma collaborative partner program, and replacing our current Voyager system."
"The discovery of library resources through Primo will also raise the University's return on investment in electronic and print library resources," continued Mr. Choate, "and will increase the discovery and use of the Barr Smith Library's broad general and special research collections of over two million items. Primo will enhance our users' research experience by integrating library services into the discovery interface. Users will be able to fulfill their library needs—whether recalling a book on loan, renewing a borrowed item, or opening an electronic journal article—directly from Primo."
Mr. Choate added that the library is pleased to offer the bX Recommender with Primo. This service provides article recommendations that are related to a user's selections. Based on the Amazon.com principle of "customers who bought this item also bought…," bX recommendations are generated from the usage data of thousands of researchers.
Holley Dumble, Ex Libris director of sales for Australia and New Zealand, remarked: "The University of Adelaide has a central role in the introduction of Alma to the academic library community of Australia and New Zealand. Having become a close partner of Ex Libris, the University is warmly welcomed into our regional Primo community, which includes many other members of the Group of Eight."
About the University of Adelaide
The University of Adelaide has 25,000 students, including 5,000 international students. With over 3,000 staff members, it is one of South Australia's major employers. Innovative and forward-looking, Adelaide has research and teaching strengths in biological sciences, physical sciences, health sciences, engineering, information technology and telecommunications, wine and food, environmental sciences, and humanities & social sciences.
For more information, see www.adelaide.edu.au.
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.