London, UK—October 5, 2016. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that two schools in Copenhagen—Professionshøjskolen Metropol (Metropolitan University College) and University College Capital (UCC)—are to be the first Danish universities to implement the Ex Libris Alma library management platform.
Peter Flodin, library director at Metropol, explained: "Up to now, we have used the open-source Integra ILS and Artesis Web from DBC, who have decided to discontinue support. Given our strategy of increasing the use of electronic and digital resources, we need a platform that can manage the rapid growth in the number of e-resources that we are experiencing. In addition we are confident that we will receive full and continuous support from Ex Libris."
Palle Bergendorff, library director at UCC, commented: "At the moment, we cannot offer users a unified search experience because we have one service for local print materials and another for electronic resources. The default search is in the print-resource service, so only 3% of our users proactively search the separate e-resource metadata. We have therefore decided to exploit the proven print and digital resource management of Alma and the features in Primo that make both print and digital items more discoverable."
Both UCC and Metropol will also be taking advantage of the statistical information provided by Alma and Primo to help the colleges optimise collections, improve their users' search experience and demonstrate the value of the libraries' contribution to teaching and learning. UCC and Metropol are also looking forward to the possibility of collaborating with other libraries in Copenhagen and across Denmark.
"We are particularly interested in sharing data with other Alma customers," noted Flodin. "As an open, cloud-based platform, Alma makes collaboration, learning from other institutions and the exchange of data and knowledge much easier."
Ofer Mosseri, corporate vice president and general manager of Ex Libris EMEA, remarked: "We are delighted to welcome Metropol and UCC, our first academic Alma customers in Denmark, to the increasing number of institutions across the Nordic region that are now joining our ever-growing global Alma community."
About Professionshøjskolen Metropol
Professionshøjskolen Metropol (Metropolitan University College), based in Copenhagen, Denmark, offers a range of bachelor's degrees and professional degree programs. Metropol's two faculties, with a total of nine departments, carry out teaching and research at a number of sites in Nørrebro, Frederiksberg and central Copenhagen. The current enrollment is approximately 10,000 students. Find out more at http://www.phmetropol.dk/English.
About University College Capital
UCC is one of Denmark's main providers of teacher education and social education degree programs and graduate and supplementary diplomas in those fields. International, professional and academic networking is at the core of UCC's endeavour to support the quality of our study programs, professional development activities and research. More than 10,000 students are enrolled in Bachelor programs, graduate diploma studies and professional development courses that are provided at various locations in the greater Copenhagen metropolitan area. Find out more at https://ucc.dk/international.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, 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 and scholarly materials, as well as mobile campus solutions driving student engagement and success, Ex Libris serves thousands of customers in 90 countries. For more information about Ex Libris, see our website and join us on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter.