London, UK—July 7, 2014. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that Kingston University in London is live with the next-generation Alma resource management service. Kingston University—the largest university in south west London—is using the Ex Libris solution to transform the management of its electronic and print resources and multi-site collections.
"A major advantage of using Alma is that it is designed for the digital age," Elizabeth Malone, co-director of Library and Learning Services, explained. "Our library collections are now balanced equally between print and electronic resources, and, to work as effectively as possible, it's important that our system is capable of managing many different resource formats with scalability to handle growing volumes of digital media."
Ms Malone added: "We look forward to realizing the efficiency gains from automated workflows and to using Alma Analytics to give us greater insight into students' usage of resources, enabling us to develop our service to meet changing users' requirements. Alma is a fully hosted system with an intuitive web based interface that, from a student perspective, will work seamlessly in the background. The Library and Learning Services staff members are now looking forward to enjoying the benefits of the new system over the coming months."
Christoph Frech, regional sales director, commented: "Three years ago Kingston University decided to migrate to the Ex Libris cloud-based solutions for discovery and delivery with the clear goal of moving to Alma, the market's only next-generation cloud-based resource management system, as soon as it was ready for the UK market. The university added Alma to its suite of Ex Libris solutions last autumn, and I am delighted that they will enjoy now the benefits of unified resource management integrated with unified discovery for the user community."
About Kingston University London
With more than 21,000 students, Kingston University is the largest provider of higher education in south west London, offering an extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes both in the United Kingdom and overseas. The University is a growing force in research and a pioneer in e-learning. Major developments in teaching, learning and facilities have all contributed to positioning Kingston University at the heart of education and economic development in the region. The Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey 2011-12 reported that, for the fourth year running, Kingston had the highest number of graduates starting up their own companies of any institution in the United Kingdom. For more information, see http://www.kingston.ac.uk
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.
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