Innovative library solutions from Ex Libris are now increasing staff efficiency and improving the user experience.
The Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK Leipzig) became the first institution in Germany to go live with Alma. The fully cloud-based library management solution enables all collections and resource types to be managed within a single system. At the same time, the HTWK Leipzig also went live with Primo, the discovery and delivery solution from Ex Libris, enabling users to search all resource types from a single user-interface and receive a single, relevance-ranked result list.
I spoke to Astrid Schiemichen, director of the HTWK Leipzig Library, who commented: “The combined management of all types of media in Alma and the ability to easily integrate external systems will enable us to considerably improve the efficiency of our operations. Statistics and data that we gain by using the analysis tool will not only facilitate decision-making processes but also support the targeted improvement of our services.”
Chancellor Professor Swantje Heischkel added: “With the implementation of Alma and Primo, we are consciously going a step further than other institutions. This decision shows that HTWK Leipzig is not just innovative in terms of research and teaching but also in its administrative duties. One of the many advantages of Alma is its cloud-based infrastructure and the reduction in operational and IT costs which are related to this. The data is always up to date and our Library can concentrate its resources on supporting users in their learning and research.”
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February 19, 2015