Chicago, IL—January 23, 2014. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that the University of Wisconsin System (UW System) libraries have selected the Ex Libris Alma library management solution to complement their Primo discovery and delivery solution. The consortium's 26 institutions, which include the University of Wisconsin-Madison—a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation—will enjoy unified management of all collections across the consortium while providing users with a unified discovery platform.
"Alma's collaborative network capabilities were an important factor in the UW System's decision," commented Susan Mitchell, library program manager. "With our 26 member organizations, each having extremely diverse user communities and requirements, it was important to adopt a library management solution that enables UW to create and refine the consortial relationships between members. In view of our mission to deliver "One System, One Library," we are excited about adopting Alma and providing all staff members the same exceptional capabilities to manage individual and shared resources and operations."
The UW System is looking to Alma to provide substantial efficiencies. Mitchell continued: "The ability of Alma to integrate with Primo, our external campus systems, and other third-party systems will help the libraries demonstrate their strategic value to the UW System as a whole. In addition to providing us with rapid returns on our investment, Alma will play a central role in advancing our members' academic goals, by supporting research and collaboration within and between institutions."
Mark Triest, president of Ex Libris North America, remarked: "It is a great honor to see Alma selected by the UW System for its sophisticated library network. Because the UW System will implement Alma at all institutions simultaneously, staff members throughout the consortium will come on board with Alma's collaborative network capabilities and streamlined workflows together. We are looking forward to starting this important project and strengthening our close ties with the University of Wisconsin System.
About the University of Wisconsin System
The University of Wisconsin System is one of the largest systems of public higher education in the United States, serving approximately 181,000 students each year and employing more than 39,000 faculty and staff statewide. The UW System is made up of 13 four-year universities, 13 freshman-sophomore UW Colleges, and statewide UW Extension programs. For more information, see http://www.wisconsin.edu/.
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 90 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.