February 8, 2012
The first academic library in Poland to select Primo has started implementing a comprehensive discovery framework for scientific information resources
Warsaw, Poland—February 8, 2012. ALEPH Polska Ltd., the exclusive distributor of Ex Libris solutions in Poland, is proud to announce that the Silesian University of Technology has selected a suite of Ex Libris solutions to build a unified discovery service. Library users will enjoy an integrated experience that consists of the Primo® discovery and delivery solution, the Primo Central Index of scholarly e-content, the SFX® OpenURL link resolver, and the bX article recommender.
Combined with the Primo Central Index, which connects libraries to hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources, Primo enables users to search the entire spectrum of a library’s collections—both e-resources and physical holdings—through a single point of access, and to receive a single, relevance-ranked list of results.
The agreement to adopt Ex Libris solutions comes as part of the EU-funded Innovative Economy Programme, which aims to increase the competitiveness of Polish science through the modernization of the research and information technology infrastructure at leading scientific institutions.
“The ability to search simultaneously in our local catalog and commercially licensed resources will streamline the search process for our users,” commented Andrzej Kolmer, who leads the university’s participation in the Innovative Economy Programme, and is also responsible for implementing the integrated search system. ”Results from our disparate sources, as well as those indexed in Primo Central, will be blended into one list and displayed with recommendations for articles that the user would not necessarily have found otherwise.”
“I am delighted to welcome the Silesian University of Technology to the community of Polish users of Ex Libris solutions,” remarked Maciej Dziubecki, CEO of ALEPH Polska. ”With the new Primo ScholarRank technology, which enhances relevance ranking with information about the item’s scholarly value and the user’s research needs, Primo will deliver a superior discovery experience for the university’s students and faculty.”
Ullrich Jüngling, Ex Libris vice president of sales for Central and East Europe, added: “We are extremely happy that the Silesian University of Technology has joined our 900 Primo customers in more than 80 countries, on six continents. The discovery suite of solutions provides the foundation for the future implementation of a unified system, based on the latest technologies, for managing all library resources. We are looking forward to cooperating with the university on further joint projects.”
About Silesian University of Technology
The Silesian University of Technology is one of the best technical universities in Poland. In October 1945, the university opened its doors to nearly 3,000 students. Currently, about 30,000 undergraduates and graduate students are enrolled in 13 departments. Widely known around the world, the university has signed bilateral agreements with over 100 foreign universities and research centers. For more information, see http://www.polsl.pl/en/Strony/0_welcome.aspx.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic 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 academic, national, and research 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.
About ALEPH Polska
Established in March 2001, ALEPH Polska Ltd. is the exclusive distributor of Ex Libris solutions in Poland, and provides sales, implementation, and customer support services for more than 90 institutions using Ex Libris systems in Poland. Before becoming an independent company, its founders worked at the TCH Systems technology company, as part of the Aleph implementation department.
For more information, see http://www.aleph.pl