Bologna, Italy—August 8, 2018. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that Italy's University of Sassari has selected the Ex Libris Alma library services platform to improve the library's efficiency, support decision-making, and foster collaboration with libraries at the local and international levels. The university has been using the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, which will be integrated with the Alma platform.
With the increasingly large role that electronic resources play in the university's heritage collections and acquisitions, the library decided to move to a platform that would support both print and electronic resources. In addition, the library sought a system that would provide research tools that allow for a high level of personalization, interaction, and sharing and would facilitate the librarians' collaboration with university staff and members of national and international networks.
Library System Coordinator Caterina Arru said, "Like many university libraries, we are seeing a considerable decrease in financial and human resources, and this situation has driven our decision to centralize services and operations. Therefore, we have opted to purchase an integrated, shared library management solution. The consolidation of our current systems under Alma and Primo and these products' openness will enable us to integrate them with document delivery and interlibrary loan systems, other campus management software, and national and international catalogs."
As well as benefiting from the harmonized workflows that these integrations create, the library team at Sassari will be leveraging Alma analytics to assess the usage of the university's heritage documents and to provide essential intelligence to support acquisition policies. For the librarians, the opportunity to work within the Alma Community Zone will guarantee a source of valuable information about cataloguing, acquisitions, and resource management, while for users, the tight integration with the Primo solution will facilitate the customization of searches and make them more effective.
Ofer Mosseri, corporate vice president and general manager of Ex Libris EMEA, said, "The University of Sassari, like other Italian institutions, recognizes the importance of improving library efficiency, collection management and resource usage in a time of budgetary constraints. The Alma platform and Primo solution, with their detailed analytics reports and open architecture, will help the library make the best investment decisions and collaborate on a national and international scale."
About the University of Sassari
The University of Sassari was founded in 1558 by Alessio Fontana, a distinguished resident of the town of Sassari, Italy. The official launch was in May 1562, when the Jesuits started their activity as scholars and teachers for the local clergy.
Today, this medium-sized university, with over 12,000 students and around 600 instructors, consists of 10 departments, which collaborate with a number of academic and research centers and institutes. In addition to its more than 50 institutional degree programs, it offers a wide range of postgraduate studies and research activities, including PhD courses, medical specialization degrees, advanced training programs, and international exchange projects. For more information, see https://www.uniss.it/
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.