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Alma and Primo will play a central role in supporting research and facilitating collaboration among the province’s libraries

CHICAGO, IL, May 25, 2016 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the Consortium of Academic and Special Libraries of Saskatchewan (CASLS) has selected the Ex Libris Alma® resource management service and Primo® discovery and delivery solution to create a unified resource management and discovery environment that offers comprehensive and convenient access to library materials. Alma and Primo will replace Voyager and SirsiDynix Symphony.

Aligning with the CASLS values of cooperation, diversity, and flexibility, Alma and Primo will provide the benefits of consortial collaboration while enabling members to create separate policies and configurations within their respective institutional environments. The system will unify the management of all the resources that each library in the consortium owns and will make them available to end users for discovery and delivery.

“The Ex Libris cloud solution optimally fulfills our requirements through its advanced functionality and system architecture as well as its data migration plan, workflow efficiencies, and ability to integrate with our campus and external systems. Equally as important, we value the strong Ex Libris record of innovation and the company’s well-thought-out roadmap for improving its systems to meet academic and research library needs,” explained Carol MacDonald, the head of systems development and implementation at the University of Regina. “The Ex Libris Alma‑Primo combination will serve the CASLS libraries well into the future, with the integration of the system’s workflows in a single interface and plans for new integrations and cooperative initiatives that will now be enabled for CASLS members.”

Eric Hines, president of Ex Libris North America, remarked: “We are pleased to welcome CASLS to the community of over 20 consortia benefiting from Alma and Primo. The consortium’s choice of Alma and Primo will provide library users with truly seamless access to library resources while respecting the institutional mandates of each library. This next-generation library system will enable partner libraries to consolidate staff workflows via a unified library-services platform that integrates smoothly with a shared discovery interface, thus exposing and providing access to the materials in all of the consortium members’ collections.”


The Consortium of Academic and Special Libraries of Saskatchewan (CASLS) is a diverse community of Saskatchewan libraries committed to collaboration to maximize resources, provide innovative solutions for library users, and further the missions of their respective institutions. Member libraries include university, college, and special libraries, specifically, the University of Regina Library, Saskatchewan Polytechnic Library, Gabriel Dumont Institute Library, Saskatchewan Legislative Library, RCMP Learning Resource Centre, Law Society of Saskatchewan Library, and Regina Qu’Appelle Regional Health Authority Library. CASLS members deliver library services to a wide range of user groups across Saskatchewan, including students, faculty, researchers, physicians, administrators, professionals, and legislators.

About Ex Libris

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for higher education. Offering SaaS solutions for the management and discovery of the full spectrum of library and scholarly materials, as well as mobile campus solutions driving student engagement and success, Ex Libris serves thousands of customers in 90 countries. For more information about Ex Libris, see our website, and join us on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company’s products are a gateway to the world’s knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and ebooks. ProQuest technologies serve users across the critical points in research, helping them discover, access, share, create and manage information.

The company’s cloud-based technologies offer flexible solutions for librarians, students and researchers through the ProQuest®, Bowker®, Coutts® information services, Dialog®, ebrary®, EBL™, and SIPX® businesses – and notable research tools such as the Summon® discovery service, the RefWorks® citation and reference management platform, MyiLibrary® ebook platform, the Pivot® research development tool and Intota™. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.

25 May 2016

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