Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Primo is the system of choice for Durham University Library and Heritage Collections

The single search interface will provide a fast, easy and seamless discovery experience for users searching the Library’s Millennium system.

Durham University Library and Heritage Collections uses a number of different publicly-accessible systems to host metadata and content, such as e-prints for their institutional repository and XTF for archival materials. However, data about some of their unique Heritage Collections, such as the objects held by the Oriental Museum, are currently not fully accessible to researchers.

A key priority for the Library and Heritage Collections is providing services which support the research aims of the University as well as enhancing the educational experience for users. Jon Purcell, University Librarian, told us how the single, highly configurable Primo user interface will help them to achieve both of these goals. Jon also added: “Because our collections span modern printed books, e journals, archives, medieval manuscripts, and ancient artefacts in our museums, users will benefit from being able to search for different types of materials through one system. Plus we will have the flexibility to offer additional Primo views with specialist search and filtering facilities where needed. The use of Primo will also help us raise awareness of the breadth and quality of Durham University’s unique Heritage Collections, as well as publicize other research collections in the Northeast of the UK that will be indexed by our system. Equipped with Primo, the Library will provide valuable support for Durham University’s regional, national, and international strategies.”

The evaluation carried out by Durham University Library was thorough and professional, befitting the University’s world-leading status, and we are delighted that Primo emerged as the clear winner.

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