Thomas Jefferson University Chooses Ex Libris Alma and Primo Solutions for its Academic and Hospital Libraries

Posted by | August 03, 2016 | News, Other, Stories | No Comments

Alma will serve as a multi-institutional platform, streamlining library management, and Primo will simplify the discovery process

Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that Thomas Jefferson University has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® and Primo® solutions for the libraries serving the university’s colleges and health centers. Alma will be instrumental in managing Thomas Jefferson’s collection of electronic, print, and non-traditional physical materials, while Primo will make these collections accessible from a single search interface.

Thomas Jefferson sought a centralized, cloud-based solution that would enable the university to manage all resources in one system, thus eliminating silos of library systems that did not communicate well with each other. Thomas Jefferson also needed a scalable management system that would enable the growth of the university’s collections and scholarly output in the future.

Laura McNamara, electronic resources librarian at the university’s Center for Teaching and Learning and the Scott Memorial Library, explained: “We are very pleased with the level of customization available in both Alma and Primo—we can tailor our implementation to our unique needs and workflows. We are particularly looking forward to using the robust reporting and analytics features, which should help us further optimize our collections. We also expect to save time by automating library workflows, thus freeing up our staff for other projects.”

“On the discovery side,” added Dot Berenbrok, collection organization librarian at Scott Memorial Library, “we are excited to offer our users a single-search discovery system. The Primo search experience is the most reliable and intuitive of all the systems we evaluated.”

Eric Hines, president of Ex Libris North America, commented: “I am delighted that Alma and Primo will now be supporting Thomas Jefferson University’s students, physicians, and library staff. By unifying library processes at centers of medical learning, Alma and Primo contribute significantly to the flow of medical knowledge between the various stakeholders.”

About Thomas Jefferson University
Founded in 1824 as the Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University today includes the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Jefferson College of Biomedical Sciences, Jefferson College of Health Professions, Jefferson College of Nursing, Jefferson College of Pharmacy, Jefferson College of Population Health, and a number of academic centers.

The university is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and enrolls more than 3,700 future healthcare professionals who receive exceptional education from 3,200 full and part-time faculty members, nationally and internationally recognized in their fields of expertise. Public and private funding of Thomas Jefferson University research exceeds $88 million annually, with more than 1,500 active research studies. Today, Thomas Jefferson University, along with its clinical partner Jefferson University Hospitals, treats more than 46,000 inpatients and 1,000,000 outpatients annually.

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