Adelaide, Australia -- May 21, 2019. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), in Queensland, Australia, has opted to become an early adopter of the Ex Libris Esploro research services platform. Seamlessly integrated with an institution's research workflows, the Esploro platform increases the impact of academic research by systematically capturing, managing, and disseminating research output and data; leveraging library expertise and technology; and strengthening compliance with institutional policies and government and funder requirements. As a member of the Esploro early adopter program, the university will collaborate with Ex Libris in the development of the solution's functionality.
The University of the Sunshine Coast's current research repository, which has been in place since 2007, lacked the required functionality for moving the university's research agenda forward. To replace the repository, the university sought a holistic solution that would streamline the management of research output, improve interoperability with campus systems, and provide robust reporting and analytics features.
The university's choice of the Esploro solution was due in part to the fact that it is built on the Ex Libris Higher-Ed platform, which is already in use at USC supporting the Ex Libris Alma library services platform, the Primo discovery and delivery solution, and the Leganto reading list solution. Library staff members have amassed considerable expertise in the administration and user experience of Ex Libris systems and are confident in the company's ability to deliver a quality product.
By implementing the Esploro platform, particularly as more modules are developed, the university will improve the integration of the Office of Research's disparate systems and processes. In recent years, USC has made significant gains in building its research profile; having an effective research-asset management system in place will support such growth in the long term.
USC Director of Information Services Sandra Jeffries commented, "We are looking forward to the opportunities that participation in the early adopter community will provide in terms of guiding the development of the Esploro solution. Library staff will be working closely with stakeholders from the Office of Research, the Information Technology team, and our researchers to implement a solution that serves all parties well."
"I am pleased to welcome the University of the Sunshine Coast to our growing Australian Esploro community," said Vice President of Ex Libris Asia Pacific Ziv BenZvi. "Esploro will support the university's holistic approach to research output. We look forward to USC's input into the Esploro development process as a member of the early adopter program."
About the University of the Sunshine Coast
The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), a successful regional university in the Australian state of Queensland, was established in 1994 to support the development aspirations of the Sunshine Coast community. From this beginning, USC has grown to almost 18,000 students and more than 120 degree programs and is focused on a catchment area between Brisbane and the Fraser Coast. Managed campuses operate in Sydney and Melbourne. USC is the most awarded university for quality teaching in Queensland, with an independently assessed five-star ranking awarded 13 years in a row. Research activity, impact, and quality have been growing exponentially for the past five years. In the Australian Research Council's recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) results, all of USC's 26 research focus areas are listed at or above world standard. Among USC's strengths are technology (particularly engineering and biotechnology) and neuroscience, boosted by USC's establishment of the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience Thompson Institute.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for institutions and 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 mobile engagement. Ex Libris serves over 7,500 customers in 90 countries. For more information about Ex Libris, see our website and join us on LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.