September 4, 2014
The next-generation service has strengthened collaborative networks and transformed operations at the first European consortium to go live with Alma
Hamburg, Germany—September 4, 2014. Ex Libris® Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is delighted to announce that Ex Libris Alma is live at the LIBIS library network of 33 independent member organizations which includes the historic KU Leuven and its Association, as well as archives, museums, parliaments, and other specialized libraries. An Alma Development Partner, the LIBIS network has worked closely with Ex Libris for the past five years to refine the vision and priorities for Alma, which has now been selected by over 360 institutions worldwide.
Leveraging a full suite of Ex Libris next-generation services, the LIBIS network has also offered the Primo discovery and delivery solution since 2008, and KU Leuven has run the Rosetta digital management and preservation solution since 2011.
Jo Rademakers, head of LIBIS at KU Leuven remarked: ”As we represent a large and diverse network of libraries in Belgium, we had some exacting and untypical demands during the implementation period. Each of these was addressed by the Ex Libris team, in cooperation with our experts. Supporting our diverse requirements, Alma is live across the entire network and we are looking forward to enjoying the benefits of simplified workflows and collaborating effortlessly between member organizations. It has been extremely valuable to work with Ex Libris as Development Partners for Alma and we are pleased to be delivering the system’s positive outcomes to our staff members, network partners, and users. We hope to continue our collaboration with Ex Libris to explore new functionalities.”
Bar Veinstein, corporate vice president for resource management solutions at Ex Libris, remarked: ”We are very pleased to see our partners at the LIBIS library network go live with Alma and realize the substantial rewards that this next-generation solution delivers. It will be a great privilege to continue our close collaboration as the University and LIBIS network gain additional experience with Alma.”
About KU Leuven / LIBIS
Situated in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a center of learning for almost six centuries. Founded in 1425 by Pope Martin V, KU Leuven bears the double honor of being the oldest existing Catholic university in the world and the oldest university in the Low Countries. The university has over 41,000 students, about 7.700 of whom are international, and employs around 6.600 researchers. It teaches and supports research in Dutch and English and participates in the Erasmus international exchange program.
LIBIS is part of KU Leuven and offers services to a library network comprising 33 independent member organizations, which include universities, colleges, national and regional organizations, and two networks of public libraries. LIBIS hosts a full suite of Ex Libris solutions, including Aleph, Primo, and Rosetta.
For additional information on KU Leuven, see http://www.kuleuven.be/english/. For additional information on LIBIS, see http://www.libis.be.
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.
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