Chicago, IL—March 27, 2012. Ex Libris Group, a global leader in library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that the Online Dakota Information Network (ODIN)—run by the North Dakota University System—has moved its installation of the Aleph integrated library system into the Ex Libris cloud environment. At the same time, ODIN has selected cloud-based implementations of the Primo discovery and delivery solution and the SFX OpenURL link resolver.
"There were several compelling reasons for us to move to the cloud," commented Randall Thursby, chief information officer of the North Dakota University System. "Migrating our systems to the cloud will allow ODIN staff to concentrate on supporting Aleph and other Ex Libris systems for member libraries while Ex Libris maintains the infrastructure and performs Aleph updates, thereby providing us with the efficiencies that we need to continue operating at current staffing levels."
Combined with the Primo Central Index, which connects libraries to hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources, Primo enables users to search the entire spectrum of a library's collections—both e-resources and physical holdings—through a single point of access and to receive a single list of search results ranked by Primo's proprietary ScholarRank technology.
"We also see significant value in introducing new services for advanced discovery and delivery to the diverse members of our library consortium, as with our adoption of Primo and SFX," added Tony Stukel, ODIN director. "With Primo's sophisticated consortial support and ScholarRank technology, which includes advanced boosting and ranking, the wide range of member institutions in ODIN will now have the flexibility to customize the discovery experience to best suit the needs of their end users."
ODIN joins over 900 institutions that have selected Primo as their discovery layer of choice. "ODIN's decision to adopt a purely cloud-based deployment is a testament to our flourishing cloud services initiative," noted Mark Triest, president of Ex Libris North America. "This move demonstrates North Dakota's leadership in providing world-class solutions for library management and research. We are honored to continue supporting ODIN's diverse libraries through our long-standing strategic partnership."
About the Online Dakota Information Network (ODIN)
Headquartered in Grand Forks, North Dakota, ODIN is the system provider for over 60 libraries in the state, including academic, public, state-agency, school, and special libraries. Together these libraries own a total of over five million items. The ODIN system is operated by the North Dakota University System.
For more information, see http://www.odin.nodak.edu/.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic, national, and research libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 80 countries on six continents.
Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables libraries to maximize productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.