Yokohama, Japan—September 21, 2021. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and the Ex Libris Primo discovery solution have gone live at the National Institute of Informatics (NII), in Japan. The Alma platform will support the NII, which is dedicated to the creation of future value in the new field of informatics.
Prior to adopting the Alma platform, the NII library used two different library systems to manage physical and electronic resources and provided separate access to them. Because the systems were not integrated, researchers had difficulty locating scholarly content. The move to the Alma platform has unified the resources, improved the library's efficiency, and facilitated researchers' access to resources.
Ex Libris President Oded Scharfstein added, "I am delighted that the adoption of the Alma platform and Primo discovery has assisted the NII in replacing a myriad of systems that previously managed the library's daily routine tasks - electronic resources, link resolver, knowledge base, and resource discovery service. I am certain that this strategic move by the NII will have a powerful impact on the future of academic libraries in Japan."
About the National Institute of Informatics
As Japan's only general academic research institution seeking to create future value in the new discipline of informatics, the National Institute of Informatics (NII) seeks to advance integrated research and development activities in information-related fields, including networking, software, and content. These activities range from theoretical and methodological work through applications. As an interuniversity research institute, the NII promotes the creation of a state-of-the-art academic-information infrastructure (the Cyber Science Infrastructure, or CSI), which is essential to research and education within the broader academic community, focusing on partnerships and other joint efforts with universities and research institutions throughout Japan, as well as industries and civilian organizations.
In parallel, the NII develops and operates services for the essential academic information infrastructures used by the entire academic research community in Japan for research and education; it builds and operates the Science Information NETwork (SINET5), on one hand, and provides academic content and service platforms, on the other. The bilateral feedback cycle between the findings gained from the service operations and from the academic research generates cutting-edge technologies, which are utilized in the service. For more information, see https://www.nii.ac.jp/en/.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is a leading global provider of cloud-based SaaS 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.