The Canadian university marks its 50th anniversary with a decision to adopt next-generation Ex Libris Alma and Primo
Chicago, IL—April 30, 2013. Ex Libris® Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that the University of Windsor, a member of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), has selected the Primo® discovery and delivery solution and the Alma library management service. Alma's automatic workflows and unified approach to the management of electronic, print, and digital resources will significantly improve library efficiency while also offering a range of new user services through Primo.
Alma will replace multiple systems that are now in use—among them, the open-source Evergreen integrated library system. Primo will provide comprehensive discovery of library resources and will leverage Alma's smart fulfillment capabilities to optimize access to collections in all formats.
“The decision to move our discovery and resource management solutions to the cloud and integrate them with campus systems is a central plank of our new strategic plan and coincides with the University’s 50th anniversary,” commented Dean of the Library Gwendolyn Ebbett. “The Leddy Library is keen to modernize and upgrade the services that we offer both individual researchers and the institution as a whole. With the Ex Libris next-generation cloud solution, our staff will be able to substantially cut the time spent on routine processes and instead focus on facilitating successful academic outcomes for students and faculty.”
Mark Triest, president of Ex Libris North America, remarked: “The University of Windsor joins the 150-strong global Alma community, which includes institutions that previously used a variety of open-source or commercial systems, including Ex Libris Aleph or Voyager. The growing trend of providing cloud-based services for library staff and users highlights libraries’ desire to improve operations while introducing new services that focus on the evolving needs of their campus community. As a result, academic and research libraries are expanding their traditional roles and driving the successful realization of institutions’ scholarly aims.”
About the University of Windsor
Founded in 1963, the University of Windsor has an enrollment of more than 16,000 full-time and part‑time students. The University’s mission is to enable people to make a better world through education, scholarship, research, and engagement. The Leddy Library, the University’s main campus library, holds over three million items, including in excess of 1 million electronic titles and data sets.
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.