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The world’s largest academic library chose the leading Alma service to unify library management across 70 Harvard Library units

CHICAGO, IL, December 14, 2016 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that Harvard Library has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library management service as part of the Library’s strategy to support research, teaching, and learning. Harvard University is the second Ivy League school and the 33rd member of the Association of Research Libraries® (ARL) to opt for the Alma solution. The largest academic library in the world, Harvard Library is a key partner for scholars and students in their intellectual and academic endeavors.

With its unified resource management capabilities, advanced workflows, robust infrastructure, and cloud-based platform, the Alma solution will assist the Harvard Library in achieving its goal of actively managing print and online collections within a single framework throughout the entire library network.

“One of the strategic objectives we have at Harvard Library is to enable effective access to the world of knowledge and data through intuitive discovery, networks of expertise, and global collaborations,” explained Sarah Thomas, Vice President for the Harvard Library, University Librarian, and the Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “Alma is a robust platform that brings us the functionality, ease of use, and cloud services that will help us reach our immediate objectives and our long-term goals.”

Matti Shem Tov, president of Ex Libris, commented, “Harvard Library has been a long-standing partner of Ex Libris, running the Aleph® ILS since 2000 and the Primo® discovery and delivery solution since 2014. The Library’s decision to implement Alma is evidence of Alma’s position as the library management service of choice for the top academic institutions around the globe. I am thrilled that Harvard has now joined our extensive Alma community and look forward to the Library’s contributions to this active group.”

About the Harvard Library

The Harvard Library advances scholarship and teaching by committing itself to the creation, application, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge. It is the largest academic library in the world and the oldest in the United States, with more than 70 libraries holding almost 21 million volumes, 10 million photographs, and 56 million archived web pages. For more information, visit @HarvardLibrary or library.harvard.edu.

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.

About ProQuest (http://www.proquest.com)

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.

14 December 2016


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