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Pioneering library is the first university library in Israel to go into production with the next-generation library services platform

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL, November 23, 2016 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the University of Haifa’s Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library is the first university library in Israel to go live with the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform. Alma replaced the Aleph® integrated library system and is integrated with the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution.

The Haifa University Library is known as an innovator among Israeli libraries. The Library is a longtime Aleph user, and so it was a natural step for the University to move to Alma to automate and streamline the library’s operations for print, electronic, and digital materials. As a cloud-based solution, Alma reduces overhead and enables the University of Haifa staff to direct their resources toward supporting users in learning, research, and teaching.

“As a pioneering institution, the University of Haifa Library has always focused on the best technologies to strengthen our library operations,” commented Library Director Pnina Erez. “Our implementation of Alma has been a seamless part of this approach.”

Deputy Library Director Naomi Greidinger added, “We have partnered with Ex Libris to ensure that Alma supports the University of Haifa’s diverse user community, as well as fulfilling the needs of other institutions in Israel. We will enjoy the benefits of a unified system for management of our print, digital, and electronic collections.”

Matti Shem Tov, CEO and president of Ex Libris, remarked: “Going live at the University of Haifa is an important milestone for Alma. The University has been our close partner for over 20 years, and now it has the full benefit of Alma’s unified workflows, collaborative capabilities, and insightful analytics. The University of Haifa is the first university library in Israel to go live with Alma.”

About the University of Haifa Library

The University of Haifa's Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library has a worldwide reputation as a leading library in Israel and is known for the quality of its collections, technologies, service, and outstanding professional staff.

The University of Haifa Library, which houses over two million items, offers its varied audiences a wide range of library resources: an extensive, growing collection of printed materials and digital assets (electronic databases, electronic journals, and digital images), supported by advanced storage and retrieval technology; and reference and instructional services. The Library initiates and focuses on the development, digitization, and preservation of special collections related to cultural heritage: historical photographs of the Land of Israel and archives of Israeli theater and performing arts.

For more information, see http://lib.haifa.ac.il/library_eng.html.

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.

23 November 2016


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