Chicago, ILó July 9, 2015. Ex Libris Group, a leading global provider of SaaS solutions for libraries and higher education, is pleased to announce that the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) has selected the Ex Libris Alma resource management solution, and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Alma will replace a number of systems currently in use in each of their member libraries, including Innovative Millennium, SirsiDynix Symphony, Spydus, and Ex Libris Voyager.
Libraries at Washington's community and technical colleges sought a technology solution to help students through college and give them skills for their careers and personal enrichment. Their goals are to:
- Create a combined catalog of community and technical college library resources.
- Provide timely delivery of resources to students.
- Provide student-initiated interlibrary borrowing.
- Provide simplified searching to all library resources.
The technology provided through Ex Libris meets these and the SBCTC goal of promoting student achievement and success. Ex Libris Alma will also help college libraries by providing insightful usage analytics and optimizing collection usage and value.
"By consolidating a majority of library operations, the colleges can simplify and streamline workflows across our system," said Marty Brown, SBCTC executive director. "Students benefit from one-stop search capabilities, researchers will enjoy sophisticated discovery tools, and library staff gain efficiencies to manage limited resources."
Eric Hines, president of Ex Libris North America, remarked: "It is exciting to see the Washington community and technical college system adopt Alma and Primo. At Ex Libris, we strongly believe that both Alma and Primo provide unique opportunities to a wide spectrum of institutions, and our continuing partnership with the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges proves that Ex Libris can offer such a scalable and interoperable technology. Alma truly unlocks the potential of each member library while simultaneously strengthening the whole network of community and technical colleges."
About Washington Community College System
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is led by a Governor-appointed board and provides leadership, advocacy, and coordination for Washington's system of 34 public community and technical colleges. Each year, about 388,000 students train for the workforce, prepare to transfer to a university, gain basic math and English skills, or pursue continuing education. Visit our website at SBCTC.edu.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading global provider of cloud-based and on-premises solutions for higher education. Offering SaaS implementations for the management and discovery of the full spectrum of library materials, as well as mobile campus services for driving student engagement and success, the Company serves over 5,600 customers in 90 countries. Ex Libris solutions are deployed at 43 of the top 50 universities worldwide and more than 40 national libraries.
With the Ex Libris Alma resource management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution, 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.