Jerusalem, Israel—June 27, 2014. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce a new collaboration with YBP Library Services (YBP) to offer a new, streamlined acquisition process to academic and research libraries that use the Ex Libris Alma and YBP GOBI3 (Global Online Bibliographic Information) platforms. YBP is the academic division of Baker & Taylor and the leading provider of content-management services for libraries. In addition, the collaboration will enable libraries to reduce costs associated with acquisitions.
Leveraging Alma's open architecture, the first deliverable of this project will automatically update Alma in real time with all print and electronic orders placed via the GOBI3 platform. As a result, librarians will be spared the task of replicating these transactions in the Alma interface. Ex Libris and YBP plan to release this first deliverable in the coming months.
Mark Kendall, senior vice president of sales and operations at YBP, commented, "Libraries continue to look to YBP and our partners for a high level of joint collaboration designed to deliver enhanced acquisition and technical workflow efficiencies. YBP and Ex Libris are proud to have worked closely for many years and this latest initiative utilizes our newest technologies, resulting in significant value to our mutual customers."
Dvir Hoffman, vice president for product management and marketing at Ex Libris, remarked: "I am pleased to embark on this new collaboration with YBP Library Services. Using Alma's open APIs, integrated with the GOBI platform, library staff will be able to simplify their acquisition processes and dedicate more time to providing valuable services to end users. The fundamental goal that we share with YBP and other partners is to enable each customer to adopt the most effective way of serving its own end users."
About YBP Library Services
YBP Library Services, a Baker & Taylor company, provides print and digital content, supporting collection management and technical services to academic, research and special libraries around the world. GOBI3, YBP's acquisition and collection development interface, provides access to more than 10 million titles. YBP is located in Contoocook, NH, USA. For more on the company, see http://www.ybp.com/.
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.