The acquisition of Ex Libris by ProQuest, the most significant event in the library technology industry in recent years, has not closed as of early December 2015. Both companies continue to operate independently, though wheels are in motion for a consolidation of operations. Expect further coverage in the coming issues of Smart Libraries Newsletter once announcements are made concerning the finalization of the deal and details of new organizational structures or product strategies.
Momentum in the adoption of Alma and Primo continues to build. Some of the recent announcements include:
- The National Library of New Zealand has selected Alma and Primo to replace its current Voyager ILS. This library was a development partner and early adopter of the Ex Libris Rosetta platform for digital preservation and asset management.
- Keele University in the United Kingdom will migrate from its current Millennium ILS to Alma and Primo.
- University of Bath in the UK selected Alma and Primo to replace its existing SirsiDynix Symphony ILS. The university will also implement the new Leganto reading list product.
- Williams College in Massachusetts selected Alma and Primo to replace its Millennium ILS.
- The University of New England in Australia selected Alma and Primo to replace Virtua.
- The University of Alabama in Birmingham will migrate from Voyager to Alma and Primo and will also implement Rosetta for digital asset management and preservation.
- Austrian Library Network (OBV), which had implemented Primo in 2009, has selected Alma as the strategic resource management platform. A group of 14 institutions will participate in the initial phase of implementation, with the remaining 57 members planning to move to Alma in a subsequent phase. The network will migrate from Aleph.
- The University of Denver selected Alma and Primo to replace Sierra.
- The University of Miami will replace Millennium and Summon with Alma and Primo.
- Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez de Chile will be the first institution to implement Alma and will migrate from Aleph. The library has used Primo since 2010.
- Leiden University in the Netherlands selected Alma and Primo and will migrate from Aleph.
• The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges selected Alma for as a shared platform for its 34 member institutions, replacing a variety of standalone systems.
- California State University selected Alma and Primo as a shared system for its 23 campuses, which had previously relied on separate ILS implementations.
• Cantonal and University Library of Lausanne, migrating from VTLS Virtua. This library will lead the implementation of Alma in a network of more than 100 libraries in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. The library is a member of the Library Network of Western Switzerland (RERO), one of the largest implementations of Virtua.
This list of recent selections includes an impressive list that includes some very large and prominent academic and national libraries and major library systems or consortia. Libraries.org includes 491 libraries having selected Alma and shows that the majority of its adopters are large or very large academic or research libraries.
ProQuest has recently made a major update to its SIPX product suite to assist educational institutions with the selection and management of course materials. By leveraging existing materials in library collections and avoiding duplications, SIPX aims to provide savings on course materials. SIPX integrates with a variety of learning management systems. The product can benefit campus bookstores, copy centers, libraries, or other units involved in reading lists and course materials.
SIPX was initially developed at Stanford University and was spun off as an independent business based in Palo Alto in 2012, co-founded by Franny Lee. The products was originally named Stanford Intellectual Property Exchange, but was renamed to SIPX as it was deployed by other institutions. ProQuest acquired SIPX in April 2015, with Franny Lee joining the company as the General Manger for the product division. ProQuest offers three product options, including SIPX Central for use throughout an institution, SIPX Camus for individual campus units, and SIPX for MOOCS for courses accessed beyond the institution. Development of SIPX has continued following the transition to ProQuest with a series of enhancements announced in November 2015. In addition to improvements in overall functionality and workflow, new capabilities have been added for integration with documents available via ProQuest subscriptions.
Following the completion of the merger, SIPX is expected to part of the portfolio of products managed by Ex Libris.