Hamburg, Germany—January 28, 2014. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that the Bibliothek am Guisanplatz (BiG) in Switzerland has gone live with the Primo discovery and delivery solution and the next-generation Alma resource management service. Bibliothek am Guisanplatz—the leading library of the Alexandria Library Network—is using Ex Libris solutions to transform the management of its vast collections and to expose and deliver those collections to federal employees, military personnel, scholars, and the public.
Daniel Kohler, Head of Coordination at the Alexandria Network, commented: "The long-term strategy of BiG and of the Alexandria network is focused on the needs of our customers—the Federal Administration, the Swiss Army, and the interested public. To meet their requirements, we sought a modern, efficient library system that would also offer an appealing online presence. With Alma and Primo we have laid the foundations for improved services that will enable us to attract and retain satisfied end users."
"We are very pleased with the project management provided by the Ex Libris team in Hamburg, the way this complex project was implemented, and the cooperation with our team members," added Kohler. "We are looking forward to improving the library's efficiency through unified workflows and harnessing the insights stemming from Alma Analytics reports."
Bettina Forster, VP professional services Europe at Ex Libris, remarked: "We congratulate the Bibliothek am Guisanplatz on becoming the first Alma customer in Switzerland to go live. The BiG project will serve as an important reference in the Swiss market and far beyond. More than 300 institutions worldwide have already chosen Alma, and this successful project brings another forward-looking library into the expanding European Alma community."
About the Bibliothek am Guisanplatz
The Federal Military Library, founded in 1848, became the Bibliothek am Guisanplatz (BiG) in 2007. It is an institution of the Swiss Confederation and is open to the public. Since 1 January 2009, the library has been coordinating and managing the libraries of the Federal Administration, ensuring close cooperation in the fields of IT and documentation, and leading the Federal Documentation Committee. In addition, the BiG is responsible for the Alexandria library network. In a rapidly changing environment, the BiG ensures the provision of international technical literature in numerous fields, such as history, politics, armed forces, civil protection, traffic, energy, migration, architecture, environment, agriculture, finance, and economics.
For more information, see www.guisanplatz.ch
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.