London, United Kingdom—April 17, 2015. Ex Libris Group, a global leader in library automation services, is pleased to announce that Sheffield Hallam University, one of the largest teaching universities in the UK, has chosen the Alma next-generation unified resource management solution and the Primo discovery and delivery solution. Providing a fully integrated cloud-based platform, Alma and Primo will replace the Library's previous Innovative Millennium and ProQuest Summon systems.
"The Library was reliant on different systems to manage processes which required us to re-input the same data," commented Nuala Devlin, Director of Library and Student Support Services. "Our current systems were not developing quickly enough to meet our needs. We required a unified system with streamlined, efficient workflows, from a supplier who is responsive to the needs of academic libraries. Alma and Primo fit the bill perfectly. Harnessing Primo's search and ranking capabilities, we can enhance the user experience by offering intuitive discovery experiences for students with a range of study patterns and learning styles. We will also make considerable savings in terms of time and resources, which will further benefit users. The cloud-based infrastructure of both solutions will free up staff time from routine maintenance, and the analytics module in Alma will give us the insightful usage data we need to ensure better decision making and collection management."
Koby Rosenthal, corporate VP and general manager of Ex Libris Europe, remarked: "Sheffield Hallam marks the latest in a line of Millennium customers making the decision to move to Alma. We are confident that we will be able to support them in meeting their goals and are looking forward to working with them to implement Alma and Primo in the coming months."
About Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield Hallam University is one of the largest universities in the UK, with 33,099 students (25,985 undergraduates and 7,114 postgraduates), 4,494 staff (including 2,114 academic staff), and a turnover of £257.1m. Sheffield Hallam is one of the UK's largest providers of health and social care courses, teacher training, and sport and physical activity courses. It is also one of the UK's oldest established art and design institutions. With a library at each campus and over 1.7million visitors to the learning centres each year, the university libraries are at the heart of the student experience.
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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.