Chicago, IL—January 29, 2015. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that the University of Iowa has selected Ex Libris Alma for next-generation resource management services. Alma will replace a number of systems, including the Aleph integrated library system.
Having used Aleph for 15 years, Iowa Libraries were keen to move to a cloud-based SaaS system that offers unified workflows for print, electronic, and digital collections, as well as enabling dynamic collaborations with the school's partners in Iowa and more widely. The libraries sought a robust system that would offer unified management of resources together with enhanced analytics and reporting functions, integrated with their existing unified discovery interface for their extensive collections.
"After evaluating other commercial systems, we kept coming up with Alma as the most mature, unified resource management system available today," commented John Culshaw, University Librarian. "We have a long history of collaboration with Ex Libris, as an early implementer of Aleph and SFX and a charter customer for Primo. So when we were invited to participate in an Alma adoption program, we decided to make the move. The cloud-based combination of Alma and Primo offers us great flexibility, without the overhead of managing on-premise servers. We are looking forward to building upon our long relationship with Ex Libris."
Eric Hines, president of Ex Libris North America, remarked: "University of Iowa's decision to adopt Alma as an integrated platform for library management and continuing with Primo for discovery strengthens our commitment to providing the highest quality cloud solutions to academic and research libraries. Iowa is the 18th member of the ARL group of North American libraries to recognize Alma's potential to transform library services, and we are proud to extend our partnership with this leading institution."
About the University of Iowa
A major research and teaching institution, the University of Iowa offers internationally recognized programs in a diverse array of academic, medical, and artistic disciplines. The University of Iowa has a faculty of 2,800 and a permanent staff of 16,000 serving 31,000 students, almost 40% of whom are from out of state and close to 10,000 of whom are registered in graduate and professional degree programs. The University of Iowa is home to the Writers' Workshop, the oldest graduate creative writing program in the country, and the blueprint for many of the creative writing programs that now thrive on campuses worldwide. For more information, see www.uiowa.edu/.
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.