Jerusalem, Israel—May 04, 2021. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that users of Ex Libris cloud-based products have reached a major milestone: original applications developed by and for members of the Ex Libris community have been activated two thousand times. With the new Ex Libris Cloud Apps open framework, over a thousand users have extended the capabilities of their Ex Libris cloud-based solutions—including the Ex Libris Alma library services platform, Primo discovery and delivery tool, Esploro research services solution, Leganto course resource list solution, and Rapido resource sharing solution—to meet their library's specific needs.
The apps that have been developed include time-saving workflow shortcuts and automations, extensions to suit unique institutional requirements, and integrations with external systems or data sources. To activate an app, one need only click the Cloud Apps icon within an Ex Libris higher-ed cloud product.
The full list of apps is always available and searchable. However, the Cloud Apps framework also responds to the context of a user's session, suggesting apps that might be helpful for the specific feature in the workflow that the user is currently interacting with.
"The Cloud Apps framework exemplifies our ongoing dual commitment to openness and support for our customers," said Josh Weisman, vice president of development. "We are very excited that Cloud Apps activations have reached the two thousand mark, clear evidence of the amazing work that the Ex Libris community is doing. Users around the world are sharing innovative services and tools that meet both essential and changing needs in the library and increase its value to the institution."
Three of the most popular apps of the 30 that are currently available (created by Ex Libris customers, partners, and developers) are Delete Your Sets, Bulk Scan In, and HathiTrust Availability:
- Delete Your Sets is the product of a hackathon by the Australia-New Zealand Ex Libris user group. The app adds functionality to the Alma Manage Sets page, enabling users to bulk delete sets that they have created.
- Bulk Scan In enables users to carry out a Scan In operation on a file of barcodes. The app supports the configuration of library, circulation desk, department, and Scan In properties.
- HathiTrust Availability, one of the first apps to be featured in Cloud Apps, queries the HathiTrust API to search for a particular BIB record and if it is found, to display the record. A match is made based on OCLC, ISBN, and ISSN numbers as cataloged in the record.
The currently available Cloud Apps items can be viewed in the App Center, as well as in all products on the Ex Libris higher-ed cloud platform.
Developers can learn about the features of Cloud Apps on the Developer Network, which offers a get-started guide, comprehensive tutorials, and detailed documentation.
About Ex Libris
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