University of Houston Selects Ex Libris Discovery Solutions

Posted by | April 09, 2014 | News, Stories | No Comments


The ARL member chose Primo and SFX to optimize the discovery experience for students and faculty


The University of Houston (UH) has selected the Primo® discovery and delivery solution and the SFX® OpenURL link resolver. After defining the library’s long-term requirements and evaluating a number of commercial options, the university library—a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)—chose to integrate Primo with its existing systems.


Each year, nearly 50,000 students are served by over 40 research centers run by the University of Houston Libraries. Named a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2011, the University of Houston’s library needed to refocus their goals to meet the higher caliber that this prestigious title demands. The library’s strategic directions committee outlined the core values that will lead to these goals and identified technological innovation as one of the key drivers.

As longtime Summon and 360Link users, University of Houston wanted to take control of their discovery experience, resulting in a decision to adopt Primo and SFX. A deciding factor in choosing Primo was the ability to customize the user’s full experience. This includes which facets users see, where objects appear on the page, how local resources are prioritized, and how much weight should be placed on each field in a record, also known as boosting.

The University of Houston Libraries are not alone. More and more libraries, like the University of Montana and the University of Manitoba, are leaving basic discovery solutions behind in favor of the advanced discovery features that Primo offers.


About the University of Houston
Founded in 1927, the University of Houston (UH) is the leading public research university in the vibrant international city of Houston and one of only three public universities in Texas that the Carnegie Foundation has designated as Tier One research universities. UH is the second most ethnically diverse major research university in the United States, with more than 40,750 students enrolled in over 300 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, on campus and online. UH awards more than 8,000 degrees annually. The university’s faculty and students conduct research through 40 research centers, across every academic discipline. UH research regularly breaks new ground and opens doors to new ways of understanding the world. For more information, see

About May Michaely

May is a Customer Development Associate for Ex Libris North America based in Boston, MA. She's responsible for customer interviews, public relations, and community building via social media.

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