To meet the evolving needs of users in the rapidly changing research and learning environments, and to achieve greater efficiency in a time of economic pressure, libraries are increasingly looking for new paradigms to deliver improved and completely new services to users.
By centralizing data services in a cloud environment, Alma supports flexible models for collaboration across the functional spectrum—from cooperative collection development to more seamless sharing of metadata and resources with peer libraries. In this new network environment, libraries can join forces to optimize technical support, purchasing power, collections, and staff knowledge and resources.
Benefits for Libraries
Enhance efficiency: Alma significantly reduces the time spent working with discrete systems, streamline workflows and facilitates collaboration between colleagues and across networks
Lower the total cost of ownership: By unifying management and workflows across diverse collections and locations, Alma generates cost savings for institutions and consortia
Extend the range of services: Libraries can offer a wider range of services—such as user-driven collection development, active support of researchers, and preservation of digital resources—to extend the role of the library within its institution
Augment the library’s value: Alma increases the library’s value to the institution’s research and learning missions by providing accurate and easy-to-use information resources in a single system, covering all resources types
Reduce IT costs: Alma’s cloud platform frees local staff members from technical burdens
Optimizing collection usage and value: Alma’s focus on actionable intelligence allows libraries to create demanddriven collection development—from user-driven acquisitions to usage-based evaluation
Increase Collaboration: Accelerate collaboration between institutions and wider networks through shared metadata, resources and collaborative workflows
Enable long-term preservation: Unlike other cloud-based services, Alma is preservation ready and allows your institution to carry out comprehensive preservation of digital assets using the Rosetta digital preservation system