March 4, 2015
The flexible, cloud-based Alma solution will be instrumental in helping Sussex achieve its strategic aims now and in the future
London, UK—March 4, 2015. Ex Libris® Group, a global leader in library automation services, is pleased to announce that the University of Sussex is replacing its library management system with the Alma® unified resource management service from Ex Libris. Tightly integrated with the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution, which the University implemented in 2013, Alma will provide the Library with a future-oriented solution for the acquisition and fulfilment of electronic, digital, and print resources. Flexible and open, the Alma service will interact efficiently with other internal and third-party systems.
”Our ability to facilitate the acquisition of resources and exposure of our collections and services was beginning to be seriously compromised,” commented Kitty Inglis, Librarian at the University of Sussex. ”Students now have very high expectations for a unified solution that will enable them to easily discover the library resources they need. We are delighted with Primo as our resource discovery system, and Alma is the perfect fit for the effective delivery of content and services.
”Alma has a strong user community in the UK and internationally, and offers a comprehensive knowledge base of material,” continued Ms Inglis. ”We see Alma as an investment in the future that will help us fulfil numerous goals; the strong, flexible analytics capabilities will provide us with tools to verify that we are meeting the needs of our users, and the efficient SaaS workflow will save time for our staff, who will be able to focus more on user-related tasks.”
Koby Rosenthal, corporate VP and general manager of Ex Libris Europe, remarked: ”We welcome the University of Sussex to the Alma community, whose continuous growth clearly demonstrates that Ex Libris understands and responds to the needs—both present and future—of the academic library market.”
About the University of Sussex
Founded in 1961, the University of Sussex is among the leading research universities in the UK, with 98 per cent of its research rated as world leading, internationally excellent, or internationally recognized (Research Excellence Framework 2014). The University was ranked 14th in the UK, 43rd in Europe and 111th in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-15. An enrolment of more than 13,000 students and a staff of 2,200 represent more than 120 countries.
The materials in the University of Sussex Library reflect the wide range of the University’s teaching and research. The main collection contains over 780,000 books and journals, as well as e-books and online journals. Additional collections include government publications, audio-visual materials, archives, and rare books. The Library employs approximately 95 full-time and part-time staff and achieved the Customer Service Excellence standard in 2013.
For more information, see http://www.sussex.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.