Chicago, IL—June 26, 2014. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that the WIN Library Network (WIN)—a consortium of eleven universities, colleges and community colleges—has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management solution. Alma will enable the consortium to provide unified resource management for all members, and will operate in tandem with the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, recently implemented by WIN.
Having used Voyager for many years, and having recently implemented Primo, the consortium sought a next-generation solution that would deliver unified services across all collections while also delivering streamlined and more efficient workflows. As a large consortium, the ability to define the level and nature of collaboration between members was also important to WIN. Kathleen O'Connor, Assistant Dean at Gonzaga University, commented: "We are looking forward to seeing Alma facilitate even closer cooperation between our members. In addition we are excited for this opportunity to collaborate with institutions using Alma across the region, such as the Orbis Cascade Alliance. Alma will provide us with insightful analytics, especially in the management of electronic resources, which will help us to make data-driven choices and as a result, reduce costs while improving our services to users."
"It is a pleasure to welcome the WIN Library Network to the flourishing Alma community in North America," remarked Mark Triest, president of Ex Libris North America. "Our vision for Alma as a solution to enhance the networked capabilities of libraries is matched by the long-term commitment of WIN to strengthen and expand collaboration. Both Ex Libris and WIN share the goal of assisting libraries to fulfill their institution's academic goals. We are looking forward to working on this project together to improve library services for both staff and the campus community at each member."
About the WIN Library Network
The WIN Library Network was formed in 2000 and over the years has brought together several long time Ex Libris customers together from Washington, Idaho and Oregon to build regional cooperative initiatives. WIN's central support staff is located at the Foley Center, Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. For more information, see http://www.wash-id.net/
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 90 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.