January 20, 2014
Alma Analytics and the powerful integration between Alma and Primo were key factors in the decision
London, UK—January 20, 2014. Ex Libris® Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Library has selected Ex Libris Alma for next-generation resource management services and Ex Libris Primo for unified resource discovery. Primo and Alma will replace a number of systems, including the Serials Solutions Summon service, the open-source VuFind discovery solution, and the Ex Libris Voyager integrated library system.
”Alma offers the print and electronic resource management solution that we need for streamlining and modernizing our workflows,” commented Anna Grigson, head of collection services at LSE Library. ”With its strong analytics, Alma will give us insights into collection usage and management that will guide our future service development. In addition, Primo will enable us to combine global and local resource discovery into a modern, seamless interface. The strong integration between Alma and Primo will ensure that we maximize the benefits of each system. Furthermore, moving to a cloud-based solution will enable us to take advantage of the rapid system development at Ex Libris and will eliminate many technical tasks for us, freeing our staff to focus on enhancing our services.”
With Primo, LSE Library will provide users with a comprehensive, personalized discovery experience. They will be able to easily access library services such as requesting loans, submitting hold requests, and updating contact information. Through the Primo ScholarRank technology, the relevance ranking of search results will reflect each user’s area of research and academic degree; as a result, the items that are most likely to be of help to the user will appear at the top of the result list.
Koby Rosenthal, corporate vice president and general manager of Ex Libris Europe, stated: ”We are proud to welcome LSE to the growing Alma community, which now numbers over 320 institutions worldwide. One of an exclusive group of National Research Libraries in England, the LSE Library brings a wealth of expertise to the Ex Libris community. We are glad to have the opportunity to continue working with such a renowned and forward-looking institution.”
About LSE Library
LSE Library, founded in 1896 as the British Library of Political and Economic Science, is the largest library in the world devoted exclusively to the social sciences. It has been recognized by the Higher Education Funding Council as one of only five National Research Libraries in England, and its collections have been designated by the Arts Council (formerly Museums, Libraries and Archives Council) as a library of outstanding national and international importance.
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is a world-class center known for its concentration of teaching and research across the full range of the social, political, and economic sciences. It has over 9,300 full-time students and about 3,000 faculty members. LSE alumni and former staff include Nobel Prize winners, past or present heads of state, current members of the UK Parliament, and current peers of the House of Lords.
For more information, see http://www.lse.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 90 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.