Hamburg, Germany—August 12, 2014. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that the University of Applied Sciences Zwickau (WHZ) has become the fifth library of the Southwest German Library Network (SWB) to select the next generation library management system Alma. Changing user expectations, the increasing use of e-resources, and the flexible acquisition functionality in Alma were the key reasons for their decision.
"We have noticed a considerable change in the expectations and characteristics of users over the past years," observed Reingard Al-Hassan, director of the WHZ Library. "Since 2013, database searches have increased threefold and access to digital resources has risen by 50%, whilst print loans have dramatically decreased. We need a library system which will help us to further develop our management of library resources and enable us to deal efficiently and effectively with these trends. Alma will do exactly this and much more, providing us with insightful analytics to assist with budgeting and a cooperative network to assist us in our mission. Additionally, Alma will considerably reduce the administrative workload on staff and thereby enable them to spend more time on supporting the research activities of our users. We very much look forward to seeing the benefits Alma will bring to the WHZ."
"We are very pleased that the University of Applied Sciences Zwickau has chosen Alma after an intensive evaluation and a Europe-wide tender," commented Ullrich Jüngling, vice president of sales for central, eastern, and southeastern Europe. "Five institutions in Germany have now chosen our innovative solution, which is a clear indication of the support in the German Library community for the strategic vision presented in Ex Libris Alma."
About the University of Applied Sciences Zwickau (WHZ)
The WHZ offers a wide range of study opportunities in the areas of technology, economics and quality of life. It is a multi-disciplinary, academic educational institution with over 100 years of tradition, especially in engineering training. With more than 5,000 students in 40 degree programmes across nine faculties, the WHZ is demand-driven with well above 50 percent of students studying STEM fields, offering a scientifically sound and at the same time practical higher education. Postgraduate and part-time options are available in addition to diploma, bachelor‘s and master‘s degree programmes in automotive and mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, physical engineering and computer science, economics, applied languages and intercultural communication, health and nursing sciences, applied arts and musical instrument construction, and architecture. For more information, see https://www.fh-zwickau.de/index.php?id=9274.
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.