These cloud-based solutions will simplify library management and enhance the discovery experience for students and faculty
Ex Libris® Group, a global leader in library automation services, is pleased to announce that Sheffield Hallam University, one of the largest teaching universities in the UK, has chosen the Alma® next-generation unified resource management solution and the Primo® discovery and delivery solution. Providing a fully integrated cloud-based platform, Alma and Primo will replace the Library’s previous Innovative Millennium and ProQuest Summon systems.
“The Library was reliant on different systems to manage processes which required us to re-input the same data,” commented Nuala Devlin, Director of Library and Student Support Services. “Our current systems were not developing quickly enough to meet our needs. We required a unified system with streamlined, efficient workflows, from a supplier who is responsive to the needs of academic libraries. Alma and Primo fit the bill perfectly. Harnessing Primo’s search and ranking capabilities, we can enhance the user experience by offering intuitive discovery experiences for students with a range of study patterns and learning styles. We will also make considerable savings in terms of time and resources, which will further benefit users. The cloud-based infrastructure of both solutions will free up staff time from routine maintenance, and the analytics module in Alma will give us the insightful usage data we need to ensure better decision making and collection management.”
Koby Rosenthal, corporate VP and general manager of Ex Libris Europe, remarked: “Sheffield Hallam marks the latest in a line of Millennium customers making the decision to move to Alma. We are confident that we will be able to support them in meeting their goals and are looking forward to working with them to implement Alma and Primo in the coming months.”
About Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield Hallam University is one of the largest universities in the UK, with 33,099 students (25,985 undergraduates and 7,114 postgraduates), 4,494 staff (including 2,114 academic staff), and a turnover of £257.1m. Sheffield Hallam is one of the UK’s largest providers of health and social care courses, teacher training, and sport and physical activity courses. It is also one of the UK’s oldest established art and design institutions. With a library at each campus and over 1.7million visitors to the learning centres each year, the university libraries are at the heart of the student experience.
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