Jerusalem, Israel—June 30, 2015. Ex Libris Group, a global leader in library automation services, is pleased to announce the launch of an early-adopter program in Israel for the Ex Libris Alma library services platform. Eight top institutions of higher education are participating: the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, the University of Haifa, the College of Management—Academic Studies, IDC Herzliya, Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, Oranim Academic College of Education, and the Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art. Four of the colleges belong to the 47 member Israel College Consortium. All the early adopters will be migrating from the Ex Libris Aleph library management system to Alma, which they will use in combination with the Primo discovery and delivery solution to reap the benefits of an integrated, end-to-end system.
The early-adopter program in Israel, which was launched in early June 2015, focuses on regional workflows, support for Hebrew, and the integration with local systems. The diversity of the schools taking part in the program helps ensure that institutions of all sizes and emphases will be able to fully enjoy the benefits of Alma and will work on developing services for their students and faculty members. The University of Haifa, the first school to join the program, will go live with Alma in August 2016.
"As a technologically advanced library, we have been waiting for this moment since Alma was launched," commented Pnina Erez, library director of the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library at the University of Haifa. "Having Primo and the full suite of ExLibris products in place for many years, we now look forward to benefitting from the synergies and full integration between Alma and Primo, which will help us better serve our users and provide added value to our institution."
Edith Falk, chief librarian at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, commented: "Moving from Aleph to Alma is a very exciting moment for us. Aleph was initially developed at the Hebrew University, and we have made great advancements at our library with the system. However, it is time to embark on a new path that will enable us to adapt to the shift of our collections toward digital and electronic resources; to adopt efficient workflows; and to easily generate business intelligence and management information in the system."
"Implementing Alma at Tel Aviv University will be a major step in our ever-continuing efforts to create a learning and research environment for our students and staff which is advanced, friendly and service oriented and is adapted to the diverse and technologically savvy communities within the university," remarks Asher Rotkop, Tel Aviv University's CIO and Deputy Director General.
"We regard our library as a crucial component of academic achievement," remarked Professor Asher Tishler, president of the College of Management—Academic Studies. "Joining the group of early adopters was therefore most important for us, and we anticipate collaborating with other libraries and with Ex Libris to make Alma fit the special needs of Israeli universities and colleges."
"I am happy to welcome this distinguished and loyal group of customers to the Alma early adopter program," commented Matti Shem Tov, Ex Libris president and CEO. "Ex Libris is committed to serving the Israeli market, with its unique needs, and I look forward to seeing the impact of Alma on library practices in Israel."
About the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, founded in 1918 and officially opened in 1925, is Israel's premier research institution. The Hebrew University is ranked internationally among the 100 leading universities in the world and first among Israeli universities.
The recognition that the Hebrew University has attained confirms its reputation for excellence and its prominent role in the scientific community. Offering a wide array of study opportunities in the humanities, social sciences, exact sciences, and medicine, the university encourages multidisciplinary activities in Israel and overseas and serves as a bridge between academic research and its social and industrial applications.
The Hebrew University has set as its goals the training of public, scientific, educational, and professional leadership; the preservation of and research into Jewish, cultural, spiritual, and intellectual traditions; and the expansion of the boundaries of knowledge for the benefit of all humanity.
For more information, see http://new.huji.ac.il/en.
About Tel Aviv University
Located in Israel's cultural, financial, and industrial heartland, Tel Aviv University is the largest university in Israel. A major center of teaching and research, it comprises nine faculties, 106 departments, and 90 research institutes. Its origins date to 1956, when three small educational institutions—the Tel Aviv School of Law and Economics, the Academic Institute of Natural Sciences, and the Academic Institute of Jewish Studies—joined forces. Tel Aviv University offers an extensive range of programs in the arts and sciences in its faculties of Engineering, Exact Sciences, Life Sciences, Medicine, Humanities, Law, Social Sciences, Arts, and Business Administration.
For more information, see https://english.tau.ac.il/.
About the University of Haifa
The University of Haifa was established in 1963 under the joint auspices of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the city of Haifa. In 1972, the Council for Higher Education granted the school accreditation as a separate institution of higher education.
The University offers faculties and schools in the following areas: humanities, social sciences, sciences and science education, law, social welfare and health, education, business administration, social work, history, public health, and political science. Research is conducted on a wide variety of subjects in a number of centers and institutes. IBM established its largest research center outside the United States on the campus of the University of Haifa.
For more information, see http://www.haifa.ac.il/index.php/en/.
About the College of Management—Academic Studies
Founded in 1978, the College of Management—Academic Studies (COMAS) was the first non-subsidized, nonprofit academic institution in Israel to be recognized and certified by Israel's Council for Higher Education. In 1986, following a vigorous campaign, COMAS was granted authorization to award a bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting. Official recognition of the college's status was a milestone in the democratization of Israeli higher education.
With about 12,000 students and more than 40,000 alumni, COMAS is now the largest college in Israel and has become a dynamic, innovative, and driving force in Israel's higher education. The College offers bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration, law, media, economics, organizational development and consulting, computer science, behavioral sciences, family studies, interior design, and psychology. In national matriculation examinations and measures of professional success, COMAS students rank in the top percentiles.
For more information, see http://www.colman.ac.il/english/Pages/default.aspx.
About Max Stern Yezreel Valley College
Situated in the heartland of the Galilee, Max Stern Yezreel Valley College (YVC) is a public college offering quality higher education and research opportunities to the population of Israel's northern region. At YVC, some 5,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate studies in an academic environment with faculty, programs, and facilities in keeping with those of the country's best universities.
YVC serves a population representing Israeli society at its most diverse. The college's student body draws from nearby cities, kibbutzim, moshavim (cooperative communities), and Arab towns and villages. Many of the college's students are the first in their family to pursue an academic education. Through its numerous educational, outreach, and community programs, YVC is a powerful force for social change in the region.
For more information, see http://www.yvc.ac.il/en/.
About the Oranim Academic College of Education
The Oranim Academic College of Education is the largest college of education in northern Israel, catering to thousands of students enrolled in bachelor's and master's degree programs in education and in teaching certification programs and advanced career training.
Oranim College is committed to academic excellence, community involvement, and the promotion of higher education. Oranim boasts a broad range of programs and degrees, as well as a diverse student body, with students of all ages, ethnicities, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
For more information, see http://en.oranim.ac.il/.
About IDC Herzliya
Founded by renowned Israeli professor Uriel Reichman in 1994, IDC Herzliya is a nonprofit college modeled after Ivy League universities in the United States. In the 20 years since its establishment, IDC Herzliya has attained international recognition, drawing some of the finest lecturers and researchers from around the world to the school's doorstep.
IDC Herzliya is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in education, research, and the training of future leaders by providing educational programs that combine academic study with practical, hands-on training and encourage innovative thinking. The faculty is dedicated to IDC Herzliya's primary goal: giving students the tools they need to become leaders both in Israel and abroad.
For more information, see http://portal.idc.ac.il/en/main/homepage/pages/homepage.aspx.
About the Shenkar College of Engineering. Design and Art
The Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art was founded in 1970 as the College for Fashion and Textile Technology, with the goal of preparing skilled graduates for Israeli industry, as well as providing industry with advanced R&D services. Today, Shenkar offers academic degrees in design and engineering and joint PhD programs with leading international educational institutions.
Combining faculties of engineering, design, and art is the basis of this institution's unique multidisciplinary academics, enabling students and professors to bring together cutting-edge technologies and contemporary design and artistic concepts. Each faculty has its own character yet maintains fruitful collaboration with the other faculties, exposing students to a variety of disciplines and different fields of knowledge.
For more information, see http://www.shenkar.ac.il/en.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for higher education. Offering SaaS solutions for the management and discovery of the full spectrum of library materials, as well as mobile campus solutions for driving student engagement and success, Ex Libris serves over 5,600 customers in 90 countries. Ex Libris solutions are deployed at 43 of the top 50 universities worldwide and over 40 national libraries.
With Ex Libris Primo and Alma, libraries lower operational costs, increase efficiency, and add value to their institution through diverse new services and collaboration with other libraries and organizations. The Ex Libris campusM mobile platform enables universities to deliver a unified digital experience, promoting student engagement while providing mobile access to campus-wide information and services.