London, UKóDecember 1, 2014. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that Anglia Ruskin University in the United Kingdom has gone live with Ex Libris Alma. The next-generation library management solution is enabling the Library to release valuable staffing resources by streamlining workflows and has introduced highly-intuitive user interfaces that minimise the need for staff training. As a fully cloud-based solution, Alma has also freed-up the resources previously allocated to server and hardware maintenance as well as backups and troubleshooting, thus allowing staff to concentrate on more user-focused activities.
"Alma is designed to manage a 21st century library collection and service. Given the shifting balance of our collection from print to electronic resources, we realised that in order to develop and future proof our services, it is important to have a system that can manage electronic, digital and print resources as one holistic collection," commented Nicky Kershaw, University Librarian.
"Alma Analytics will help us evaluate collection usage and this in turn will help us to manage our resource budgets more effectively. Not having to manage servers, security, and backups with Alma is a bonus on top of the efficiencies we hope to make through "back-of-house" automated workflows. We know that our students will appreciate the auto-renewal facility we have been able to introduce. The project was challenging for the team, but the implementation and go-live went very smoothly and the Ex Libris team were very responsive and helpful. The initial response of our staff to Alma is extremely positive."
Christoph Frech, regional sales director for northern and western Europe, stated: "We are delighted to welcome Anglia Ruskin to the growing UK Alma community. Alma will empower the Library to meet their strategic vision of providing accessible, innovative, and responsive library services. I look forward to seeing the Library develop with Alma over the coming years."
About Anglia Ruskin University
Anglia Ruskin University was awarded university status in 1992. Today, with a student population of 35,000 from 177 countries, they are one of the largest universities in the East of England. The main campuses at Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough attract students not only from the East of England but also increasing numbers from mainland Europe and from further afield. For more information about Anglia Ruskin University, visit www.anglia.ac.uk
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.