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The Service’s user experience and indexing methodology were key factors in AIM’s decision

ADELAIDE, Australia, April 3, 2017 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) library has selected the Ex Libris Summon® Service to increase the accessibility of the Institute’s unique electronic and print resources. Along with the Ex Libris 360 Link and 360 Core solutions, the Summon discovery system will be integrated with the library’s Liberty Library Management catalog and will enable the library to provide a single entry point to its entire collection.

AIM sought a system that would improve the research experience by offering an intuitive, keyword-search interface and a unified list of search results drawn from all the library’s resources. Summon will become the library’s primary access point for its subscribed resources, moving beyond the existing student portal which only displays links to databases and other content available through the library. Another major factor in the Institute’s decision was the Summon indexing methodology, which merges metadata from various sources to create a single, rich Summon record optimized for resource discovery.

“Our goal is for library patrons at both of our campuses to be able to access and use resources in an easy, straightforward way,” stated Anna Shelmerdine, librarian at AIM. “Because we have a limited budget for resources, our discovery service must be capable of exposing content from our subscribed databases, from individual journals, and from our local catalog. We are confident that Summon will both expose our collections and maximize the usage of all our resources.”

“It is a thrill to be able to meet the needs and expectations of AIM,” commented Shlomi Kringel, Ex Libris corporate vice president of discovery and delivery solutions. “Over the past year, we have seen how nearly one hundred libraries—large, small, and everything in between—have selected Summon because of its user-friendly interface and content neutrality. More and more libraries recognize that the Summon Service enables patrons to efficiently find and access resources, regardless of the resource provider.”

About the Australian Institute of Music

The Australian Institute of Music (AIM) delivers innovative education for careers in the music, entertainment and performing arts industries. With a reputation as a leading independent education provider, AIM's music and performing arts courses in Sydney and Melbourne offer accredited tertiary degrees through unique industry-relevant programs. The AIM library provides access to study resources for students of music, performing arts, and entertainment management who study at high school, undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Services are available to students in Sydney and Melbourne locations, with library staff on hand to help all students navigate the world of print and digital media for their research and studies. The AIM library’s collection consists of books, journals, scores and charts, CDs, and DVDs, including digital materials.

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.

03 April 2017


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