This dashboard brings together data, trends, news, and other resources from Library Technology Guides describing the product and the libraries in
which it has has been implemented, its geographic presence, statistics of sales and installations, and satisfaction ratings from libraries that use it.
Alma is an Integrated Library System offered by Ex Libris.
Alma has been installed in 1,987 libraries, spanning 3,084 facilities or branches)
Alma implementations by Type of Library
[Data source: statistics derived from the libraries.org directory of libraries]
Breeding, Marshall. Ex Libris Completes Sweep of Higher Education in California.
February 2020. Smart Libraries Newsletter.
Ex Libris has now sold its Alma library services platform to all three of the public higher educational systems in California. A recent announcement from the Systemwide Integrated Library System taskforce of the University of California libraries announced the final selection of Alma and Primo from Ex Libris, now part of ProQuest. The University of California system joins the California State University System and the Consortium of Community Colleges in the selection of Alma to provide shared infrastructure for the management of their collections and Primo for discovery and access. Each of these projects on its own would be considered massive; together these three systems represent an unprecedented level of involvement by the libraries in a single governmental jurisdiction with a single vendor.
Breeding, Marshall. Update on Ex Libris Alma.
December 2019. Smart Libraries Newsletter.
The Alma library services platform (LSP) from Ex Libris, now part of ProQuest, continues to make gains in the academic and research library sector. The product's steady stream of product releases deployed monthly and new implementations by library have become routine. The dominance of Alma in this sector must be seen as the backdrop or context for other events that spark interest but tend to have smaller impact. Alma has seen strong and steady adoption since its initial implementations in 2012, including some of the largest university library systems and regional or national consortia.
Breeding, Marshall. A Progress Report on Library Services Platforms.
August 2016. Smart Libraries Newsletter.
Although each of the products offers its distinct approach to functionality and technology infrastructure, there are a set of products that have diverged significantly from the well-established category of ILSs. Many of these characteristics arise out of the current technology paradigm centered on services deployed entirely through the Web, oriented to collaboration and social interactions, and powered by massive data stores.
Breeding, Marshall. Shared Infrastructure Projects Gain Momentum.
September 2015. Smart Libraries Newsletter.
Recent months have seen a number of announcements of large consortia or library systems that have chosen to implement library services platforms in a shared configuration. Ex Libris Alma has emerged as the leading product in this sector, with Innovative's Sierra, OCLC WorldShare Management Services and ProQuest Intota also represented.
Breeding, Marshall. Beyond the ILS: A New Generation of Library Services Platforms.
2013. Robots in Academic Libraries: Advancements in Library Automation.
This chapter focuses on the changes in integrated library systems (ILS) over the past thirty years as the focus shifts from collecting physical items to electronic and digital materials. The relationship between the ILS and new specialized applications, including link resolvers, knowledge bases of e-content, electronic resource management systems, digital asset management systems, discovery services, and institutional repository platforms is discussed and placed in context. In addition to looking at workflows with these new systems, a general discussion of how academic libraries are likely to engage with these new systems, the time frames in which we can expect availability and widespread adoption, and any cautions
or concerns to have in mind when selecting or implementing these systems.
Breeding, Marshall. Crossing the Threshold: Boston College Places Alma into Production.
August 2012. Smart Libraries Newsletter.
On July 2, 2012, the Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Library of Boston College became the first to place Alma, the library services platform created by Ex Libris, into production use. The library migrated from an Aleph system in place since 2000. Boston College had been working with Ex Libris since mid-2009 as a development partner, testing each incremental release of the software, and providing constructive feedback. The library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, with a staff numbering around 120, and a collection of 3.5 million volumes.
Breeding, Marshall. Ex Libris Marks Progress in Developing URM.
January 2011. Smart Libraries Newsletter.
Ex Libris continues to make progress on the development of its next-generation library management platform called Unified Resource Management, or URM. This product, which was developed as the company's long-term strategic library automation platform, continues in the research and development stage, with expected release at the beginning of 2012. Although the product is still some time away from general availability, it has progressed from the proof-of-concept prototypes to a functional model. Though preliminary, some versions have been made available to development partner libraries for testing and assessment
Charles University is first Czech Institution to adopt Ex Libris Alma Library Services and Primo Discovery
November 1, 2021 - Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that Charles University—a prominent research university based in Prague—is the first institution in the Czech Republic to select the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Primo discovery solution. All of the CU library services will be unified under the Alma platform, which will replace the school's previous library products, and integrated with Primo discovery.
ILLiad user records will now be searched and created for borrower requests from Alma
July 7, 2021 - Ex Libris has announced greater integration between Alma and ILLiad in their upcoming release scheduled for July 2021. For sites using Alma to push borrower requests into ILLiad, It will now be possible to configure the resource sharing partner record in Alma to search ILLiad user records, create user records in ILLiad when none exist, and push patron information into ILLiad in real-time when the user record is matched.