Today the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Library became the 100th institution to go live with Ex Libris Alma.
The LSE Library selected Ex Libris Alma for next-generation resource management services and Ex Libris Primo® for unified resource discovery in January 2014. Primo and Alma have replaced a number of systems, including ProQuest® (formerly Serials Solutions) Summon®, the open-source VuFind discovery application, and Ex Libris Voyager® integrated library system.
I spoke with Anna Grigson, head of collection services at LSE Library, who commented “The teams at LSE and Ex Libris have collaborated to produce a Library Management System that will give LSE Library insights into collection usage and management, helping to guide our future service development. The Library now has a cloud-based solution that will free colleagues from some of the technology related tasks, enabling them to focus on enhancing our services. In addition, the strong integration with Primo will enable us to combine global and local resource discovery into a modern interface that maximises the benefits of both systems.”
In just over two years since the first institution—Boston College—went live, the active and highly collaborative Alma community has grown to 100 members in 9 countries. A further 250 libraries that are currently implementing Alma are also part of this community, which exchanges expertise, developments, and initiatives via numerous channels, including the Ex Libris Developer Network. All-in-all over 360 institutions have selected Alma as their next generation resource management solution.
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