London, UK—March 1st, 2016. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that Abertay University in Dundee has selected its Alma library management, Primo discovery and delivery, and Leganto reading list solutions to enhance the teaching and learning experience at the university.
Library staff at Abertay had been using multiple systems, including spreadsheets, to manage resources. This was leading to duplicated effort and issues with data coverage. In addition, e-book subscription titles were not catalogued and were therefore not discoverable via OPAC. The library team wanted to have everything discoverable with one tool to help students to find everything that was available, and thereby increase satisfaction with their service.
Jim Huntingford, head of library services at Abertay University, explained: "The university has a strategy to continue to invest in IT infrastructure to provide modern and leading edge systems that support our new ways of working and ensure high quality facilities for staff and students. Our library strategy calls on us to enable flexible and seamless access to services, resources and learning opportunities, at any time in any location and through any device. This means we have to deliver integrated data and systems that improve processes relevant to the student and staff journey."
Mr. Huntingford continued: "to help us to meet these goals we wanted also to make resources more available and discoverable, to increase their use, and to facilitate collaboration between library staff and teaching colleagues. In particular we want to move away from reliance on Word and PowerPoint as a means of communicating reading lists to students and embrace a solution that will provide active links to the resources listed. Library staff meanwhile will no longer have to struggle with unwieldy spreadsheets in an attempt to ensure all reading list materials are available to students, in appropriate quantities and formats, and in the latest edition"
"Our arrangement with Edinburgh University to host our library management system was coming to an end, and that provided us with the perfect opportunity to review our requirements," he said. "We wanted to continue with a cloud-based software-as-a-service approach as we didn't want to incur overheads associated with management of local hardware and clients. We also wanted to improve the student experience and make it far easier for them to find and retrieve the materials they had been asked to read."
"As part of the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL) Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges initiative, we co-selected Alma and Primo as the best management, delivery and discovery solution for our current and future needs. We selected Leganto separately because we wanted to exploit its integration with them to help us develop our reading list service."
"We anticipate increased visibility and discoverability of our e-resources via a single search interface - integrated with Leganto - and, as a result, increased student satisfaction. In addition, more information on how our students are using reading lists which will help us make more informed purchasing decisions. These will be enacted via integrated and seamless library workflows, meaning staff spend less time on repetitive tasks and more on enhancing the role the library plays in teaching and learning and in student satisfaction and retention."
Mr. Huntingford concluded: "We look forward to using our new combined solution to maximise our investment in learning resources and improving the experience and satisfaction of students and teaching and library staff."
Ofer Mosseri, general manager and vice president of Ex Libris Europe said "Abertay's decision offers the most integrated product suite for the discovery and management of all resources, and, via Leganto, a way to improve the student experience, all within one environment. I am delighted to welcome them to the Alma, Primo and Leganto communities."
About Abertay University
Abertay is a modern University, with a long history of educating students dating back to 1888 when it was founded as the Dundee Technical Institute. Described in a 1902 Scottish Office report as one of Scotland's ‘industrial universities', Abertay has from the very start always focussed on delivering career-relevant skills and learning.
Abertay offers a wide range of courses in fields as diverse as psychology, ethical hacking, forensic science, business, civil engineering and sports across its four academic Schools: Dundee Business School; the School of Arts, Media and Computer Games; the School of Science, Engineering and Technology, and the School of Social and Health Sciences. All courses are focussed on relevant skills, practical experience and learning from industry practitioners and experts. For more information see www.abertay.ac.uk/.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for higher education. Offering SaaS solutions for the management and discovery of the full spectrum of library and scholarly materials, as well as mobile campus solutions driving student engagement and success, Ex Libris serves thousands of customers in 90 countries. For more information about Ex Libris, see our website, and join us on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter.