Hamburg, Germany—June 5, 2013. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that Sabanci University in Turkey is now in production with a cloud-based implementation of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. In addition, the university has subscribed to the bX article recommender service —also cloud based—and has moved its SFX OpenURL link resolver to the Ex Libris cloud environment.
With Primo, users explore their locally managed collections along with global and regional resources indexed in the Primo Central Index of scholarly electronic materials, an integral part of Primo, and obtain one blended, relevance-ranked result list. Integrated with the Primo implementation, the bX Recommender provides article-level recommendations generated from the usage data of thousands of researchers around the world.
"In our quest for a discovery system that would enable our users to access all our collections via a single search, we considered Primo's personalized relevance ranking a major advantage," commented Deniz Baltacı, project manager at Sabancı University Information Center. "By tailoring results to the particular academic level and discipline of a user, Primo enables us to serve each researcher in his or her own context." Flexible options for configuring facets were also important to the discovery-tool selection team, which carried out a comprehensive evaluation of commercial discovery systems before selecting Primo.
"We chose the TotalCare cloud deployment for Primo to reduce the technical burden on staff members, thereby giving them more time to support users' research and learning activities," added Deniz Baltacı.
Koby Rosenthal, general manager of Ex Libris Europe, commented: "I am delighted to see this successful project come to fruition as a result of our close collaboration with Sabancı University during the implementation stage. As Ex Libris continues its transition to the provision of cloud-based solutions, we see more and more institutions that recognize the substantial benefits of cloud services for their staff and user community."
About Sabancı University
Established by the Sabancı Foundation, Sabancı University welcomed its first students in 1999, and has been working towards its mission to develop competent and confident individuals, enriched with the ability to reflect critically and independently, combined with a strong sense of social responsibility, and to contribute to the development of science and technology, as well as to disseminate the knowledge created for the benefit of the community, while it strives to achieve its objective of becoming a national and international reference point.
13 years after its establishment with a vision of "a global university" and a mission of "creating and developing together", Sabanci University became Turkey's most enterprising and innovative University according to the 2012 Inter-University Entrepreneurship and Innovation Index, announced by the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology.
For more information, see http://www.sabanciuniv.edu/en.
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 80 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.