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The Ex Libris solutions will enable consortium members to share resources and coordinate services for all resource types

CHICAGO, IL, June 25, 2016 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), based in the Washington, DC area, has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and Primo® discovery and delivery solution to help fulfill the consortium’s priorities of coordinating collections across all partner institutions (including its high-density Shared Collections Facility) and presenting end-users with a unified view of WRLC’s shared collection. WRLC chose Alma and Primo for their scalability, openness to other systems, rich functionality, and cost-effectiveness. The consortium of nine academic libraries will be migrating from Voyager® and Innovative Interfaces Sierra to the new solutions.

Mark Jacobs, executive director of the Washington Research Library Consortium, said, “Seamless discovery, resource sharing and access are essential for our end-users. Providing a library infrastructure that facilitates sharing resources and services has been the mission of the Washington Research Library Consortium for more than 25 years. Our commitment to the collective management of both print and digital resources requires a library services platform that can manage our large volume of data and transactions. We believe that Alma and Primo have the capacity and the innovative features we need to increase coordination and collaboration within the WRLC and will enhance our ability to work together with our partner universities.”

Eric Hines, president of Ex Libris North America, remarked, “We are pleased to welcome WRLC to the community of over 25 consortia benefiting from Alma and Primo. The mission of the WRLC dovetails with our own: facilitating learning and scholarship through enhanced library management, collaboration, discovery, and access. We are proud that the advanced collaboration capabilities of Alma and Primo will assist WRLC in reaching this goal.”

About the Washington Research Library Consortium

The Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) was established as a non‑profit corporation in 1987 to support and enhance the library and information services of universities in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. The Consortium enables the success of learning and scholarship by creating coordinated collections, creating a robust infrastructure for discovery and access, ensuring the long-term preservation of physical and digital information resources, and sharing expertise. WRLC’s nine partner universities are American University, the Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, the George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Marymount University, and the University of the District of Columbia.

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.

25 June 2016


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