November 30, 2010
London, UK—November 30, 2010. Ex Libris® Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that three prominent academic institutions in the UK have chosen the Primo® discovery and delivery solution and the Primo Central Index of scholarly e-content to provide users with a unified search interface for their libraries’ vast collections and electronic resources. The newest members of the UK Primo community are Imperial College London, the University of Nottingham, and Loughborough University.
The world-class Primo Central Index is a mega-aggregate of scholarly content. Managed by Ex Libris in a cloud computing environment, Primo Central is vendor neutral and encompasses scholarly resources from leading information providers. Through the Primo discovery and delivery solution coupled with Primo Central, library users simultaneously explore the library’s local collections and extensive global electronic collections, instantly retrieving accurate, relevance-ranked search results.
At Imperial College London, Primo will provide a discovery layer enabling users to search the library’s SirsiDynix library catalog together with its digital and electronic resources. “Primo will help our research community make the very best use of the wealth of resources we provide for them,” noted Deborah Shorley, director of library services at Imperial College London. ”The flexibility and attractive interface of Primo make it the ideal choice for us, and we are certain that Imperial researchers and students will find it valuable.”
Ruth Jenkins, university librarian at Loughborough University, remarked: ”Primo is a cost-effective way of improving the user experience for our students and researchers. We are particularly pleased that Primo can be accessed from mobile phones, as this aligns with other projects we are developing to deliver services via mobile devices.”
”I am honoured that these important research institutions have selected Primo, as a one-stop research solution for their diverse collections,” commented Marc Daubach, Ex Libris corporate vice president and general manager for Europe. ”It is a great pleasure to see the UK and European Primo community expanding rapidly and benefiting from the active participation of such forward-looking libraries.”
About Imperial College London
Consistently rated among the world’s top universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Founded in 1907, Imperial College embodies and delivers world-class scholarship, education, and research in science, engineering, medicine, and business, with particular regard to the application of these fields in industry, commerce, and healthcare. With 13,000 full-time students as well as international students from over 150 countries, the university fosters a global vision, encourages interdisciplinary approaches, and collaborates widely with other research institutions.
For more information about Imperial College London, see http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/.
About Loughborough University:
Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement and its underpinning academic disciplines. Loughborough was awarded the Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sports. It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.
For more information about Loughborough University, see http://www.lboro.ac.uk/.
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 75 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.