Adelaide, Australia—September 13, 2018. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that Australia's Southern Cross University will be joining the Ex Libris Esploro early adopter program. The Esploro research services solution will facilitate the capture, management, and dissemination of the university's research output and data across all disciplines and consolidate information about researchers, their publications, and their data. The seamless integration of the Esploro service with both the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution, along with the Esploro service's interoperability with other academic systems, will help the university increase the efficiency of its library staff, research administrators, and scholars.
Southern Cross University sought a platform that would be a good match for the Australian academic environment and their institution, both now and in the future. By enabling the University to automatically harvest research data that is currently entered manually, the Esploro service will save time for the staff and provide more accurate metadata. As a result, research assets will be more easily discoverable. Esploro will also help researchers showcase their achievements to prospective research partners, funders, and the scholarly community, contributing to greater recognition of research activity at the University.
As a participant in the Esploro early adopter program, Southern Cross will be closely involved in providing product feedback and shaping the Esploro solution. The first release will be available to early adopters in 2019.
Kate Kelly, Director of Library Services at Southern Cross University, commented, "At Southern Cross University, we are focused on building areas of research excellence and fostering relationships, collaborations, and partnerships that provide benefit to regional Australia as well as nationally and internationally. Esploro will enable us to make our research output more visible, gather evidence of the impact of our research activities, and demonstrate the benefit of our partnerships. Moreover, with Esploro, we expect researchers to have more time to do what they need to be doing—research, rather than administration."
"We are pleased to welcome Southern Cross University to the growing Esploro community in Australia," said Vice President of Ex Libris Asia Pacific Ziv BenZvi. "Ex Libris and Southern Cross have a long-standing relationship, making the Esploro service a natural next step in our partnership. I look forward to continuing our close collaboration as the university becomes an active participant in the Esploro early adopter program."
About Southern Cross University
Southern Cross University is one of Asia-Pacific's top 100 universities and one of the world's top 50 generation Y universities according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The contemporary campuses, with purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities, are located on the east coast of Australia—at the Gold Coast in Queensland and in Lismore and Coffs Harbour in New South Wales, along with campuses in Melbourne and Sydney. The University has a strong focus on industry and community collaboration to produce engaged teaching and research outcomes in regional areas. In the latest Excellence in Research for Australia report, Southern Cross achieved outstanding ratings of "at world standard" or above in 24 research fields. For more information, visit www.scu.edu.au.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions that enable institutions and their individual users to create, manage, and share knowledge. In close collaboration with its customers and the broader community, Ex Libris develops creative solutions that increase library productivity, maximize the impact of research activities, enhance teaching and learning, and drive student mobile engagement. Ex Libris serves over 7,500 customers in 90 countries. For more information, see our website and join us on LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.