Hamburg, Germany—April 24, 2014. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that Dresden University of Applied Sciences (HTW Dresden) and Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK Leipzig) have opted to deploy the Ex Libris Alma unified resource management solution and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution.
The universities selected these solutions to adapt their library services to the changes in users' preferences that have occurred in recent years and the dramatic increase in the quantity of electronic resources in the libraries' collections. Because Alma and Primo will be deployed as cloud-based solutions, library staff will be relieved of hardware- management chores and the installation of updates. As a result, the staff will be able to devote more time to core library tasks.
Petra-Sibylle Stenzel, library head at HTW Dresden, commented: "We are convinced that the combination of Alma and Primo is the way forward for our institution. The success of both solutions has been proven clearly in the United States and Europe, and we anticipate that Alma and Primo will more than fulfill our high expectations. I am especially looking forward to the unified management of all resource types and to new opportunities for communication and cooperation between our internal teams and between our library and external networks. Closer to home, Alma Analytics will provide insightful statistical data at the push of a button and make it easier to ensure that acquisitions are tailored to our needs. We are hoping—along with other libraries in the German-speaking world—to customize Alma to address some of the specific requirements of our region."
Dr. Klaus-Steffen Dittrich, director of the library at HTWK Leipzig, stated: "Alma and Primo will not only enable us to use one solution for managing all the resource types housed by the library but will also provide our users with a single interface for searching for all resources. Additionally, we will benefit greatly from the cloud-based infrastructure of the solutions, which will dramatically reduce maintenance and IT costs."
"We are delighted to welcome Dresden and Leipzig Universities of Applied Sciences to the growing Alma community in the German-speaking region," commented Ullrich Jüngling, Ex Libris vice president of sales for central, eastern, and southeastern Europe. "These universities' selection of Alma and Primo demonstrates that our strategic direction is successfully addressing customer needs and providing libraries with a leading platform on which they can develop next-generation services and raise productivity."
About Dresden University of Applied Sciences
Dresden University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1992 and consists of eight faculties, with approximately 170 professors and more than 5,000 students. Engineering, economics, design, and "green" disciplines constitute the four pillars on which more than 40 forward-looking diploma, bachelor's, and master's degree programs are based. The library is one of the University's central institutions. It is not only a scientific library for studying, teaching, and research but is also available to the people of Saxony for their general and professional education. User-friendliness is the main focus of the library.
For more information, see http://www.htw-dresden.de/en/.
About Leipzig University of Applied Sciences
With about 5,900 students, Leipzig University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest universities of its kind in Germany. For more than 200 years, the University and its predecessors have been providing high-quality, career-relevant education in a diverse range of fields through innovative courses, excellent teaching, and state-of the art facilities. The library was built in 2009 and offers state-of-the art facilities, spacious reading rooms, and nearly 10,000 meters of shelf space packed with specialized literature. It is home to nearly 300,000 books, journals, and audiovisual items.
For more information, see http://www.htwk-leipzig.de/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 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.