The University of Alabama at Birmingham Opts for Ex Libris Alma, Primo, and Rosetta Solutions

Posted by | October 21, 2015 | News, Other, Stories | No Comments

The Ex Libris cloud-based solutions will integrate two disparate libraries, provide seamless discovery, and enable the university to preserve digital assets in perpetuity.

Ex Libris® Group, a leading global provider of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has decided to adopt the Ex Libris Alma® library management service, Primo® discovery and delivery solution, and Rosetta digital asset management and preservation solution. The university libraries will be migrating from various systems, including the SirsiDynix Symphony® integrated library system (ILS) and the Ex Libris Voyager® ILS.

UAB sought systems that would enable it to integrate the operations and processes of two independent libraries under a single technology platform. The unified Alma workflows will provide a firm foundation for this merger, and the easy-to-use Primo interface will support users who seek items from both libraries. Rosetta’s end-to-end digital asset infrastructure will preserve digital resources at both libraries and keep such resources accessible for future generations.

“Although we were making great progress in integrating the operations and organizational cultures of the Mervyn H. Sterne Library and Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, it became apparent that the enduring success of the merger could be assured only by the implementation of the cloud-based Alma and Primo solutions,” commented John M. Meador, UAB inaugural dean of libraries. “We are acquiring Rosetta to support preservation for UAB’s digital assets, ranging from institutional memory to research data. As a Rosetta user at an early adopter institution, I am thrilled to rejoin the distinguished digital preservationists who constitute the international Rosetta user group.”

“Ex Libris looks forward to supporting the University of Alabama at Birmingham as it forms a next-generation library system,” commented Eric Hines, president of Ex Libris North America. “The ability to combine the resources of disparate libraries into a single, cloud-based system is one of Alma’s strengths. Coupled with the user-friendly Primo interface and Rosetta’s powerful digital asset management, the Alma solution will help UAB libraries provide valuable support for the academic goals of the university.”

About the University of Alabama at Birmingham
Known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education at both the graduate and the undergraduate levels, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), founded in 1969, is an internationally renowned research university and academic medical center. With its 23,000 employees, the university is Alabama’s largest single employer, and the school’s annual economic impact on the state exceeds $5 billion. The student body numbers 18,333, of whom 5,728 are graduate students. UAB’s mission consists of five pillars: education, research, patient care, service, and economic development. The UAB Libraries, including the Mervyn H. Sterne Library, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, Lister Hill Library at University Hospital, and Reynolds-Finley Historical Library, hold more than two million volumes and provide access to relevant digital resources for information, instruction, and research in support of the institution’s vast academic and medical enterprise.

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