Adelaide, Australia—June 19, 2013. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that the University of South Australia (UniSA), the University of Western Sydney (UWS), and New Zealand's Otago University have chosen the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution to complement their Ex Libris Alma library management service. As a result, these institutions will offer users a unified discovery experience that is seamlessly integrated with library services and operations. At UWS and UniSA, Primo will be replacing Serials Solutions Summon systems.
UniSA University Librarian Helen Livingston explained: "We see this move to Primo as the best means of completely integrating resource management and resource discovery. In addition to the high quality of functionality that we found in Primo relative to other discovery products, our decision to migrate to the Ex Libris discovery solution was influenced by our ongoing collaboration with South Australia's Flinders University and the University of Adelaide, with whom we adopted Alma. Each of the three institutions has now independently opted to implement Primo."
"UWS Library selected Primo because it was the best user-facing solution to complement Alma according to our review," commented Michael Gonzalez, manager of digital discovery and services at the University of Western Sydney. "The ability to offer a single point of access for all the research needs of our users was an important consideration for us. With Primo, our users can search our full wealth of collections and manage their online library experience in one place."
The University of Otago sees its decision to adopt Primo as a strategic move closely tied to the university's selection of Alma. University Librarian Howard Amos remarked: "The library is a center of excellence serving the academic objectives of the whole institution. Alma enables us to support the university's wider goals through collaboration with other organizations and integration with campus-wide systems. By adding Primo to enhance the user experience, we are extending our scholarly potential even further."
Holley Dumble, Ex Libris director of sales for Australia and New Zealand, noted: "We are very pleased to welcome these leading institutions to the Ex Libris Primo community. The appeal of an integrated framework that encompasses both resource management and discovery is becoming stronger for libraries that want to make a high impact with a lower investment in technology. Because Primo and Alma are offered as cloud-based services, the technical burden for library staff is very small, while the potential benefits in efficiency and the usage of scholarly resources are huge. We are looking forward to working with the universities of South Australia, Western Sydney, and Otago on their upcoming implementations."
About the University of South Australia
The University of South Australia (UniSA) is a globally focused, locally engaged institution established on the dual principles of equity and excellence. With more than 35,000 students, the school is South Australia's largest university and was ranked in the top three per cent of more than 10,000 universities worldwide.
For more information, see http://www.unisa.edu.au/.
About the University of Western Sydney
The University of Western Sydney (UWS) is one of the largest universities in Australia, with over 40,000 students. As a major urban university, its campuses are spread across the Greater Western Sydney region. UWS has a reputation for innovation and relevance in teaching and research, offering bachelor's, master's, and PhD programs in more than 100 subjects. All degree programs are fully government accredited and recognized internationally by higher education institutions, employers, and professional bodies.
For more information, see http://www.uws.edu.au/.
About the University of Otago
Founded in 1869, the University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest university. With campuses in Dunedin, Wellington, and Christchurch, the University of Otago provides a research-led learning environment that is second to none with a richly deserved reputation for excellence. University of Otago researchers and scholars contribute to leading international discoveries and knowledge, to new commercial applications, and to the health and the social and cultural well-being of people in New Zealand and around the world.
For more information, see http://www.otago.ac.nz/.
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.