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Alma and Leganto customers throughout the UK will benefit from greater efficiency in library copyright processes and the streamlined creation of university coursepacks and reading lists

LONDON, UK, March 27, 2017 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, and the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) are pleased to announce that the integration of the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and Ex Libris LegantoSM reading list solution with the Digital Content Store (DCS)—CLA’s coursepack management tool—has been greatly enhanced. The DCS is a rights, technology, and content platform for higher education institutions (HEIs).

The DCS has at its core a searchable repository of licensed digitized PDF extracts that have been uploaded by HEIs and can be accessed by other DCS users who need the same resource. The integration of Alma and Leganto with the DCS brings significant benefits to mutual Ex Libris and CLA customers throughout the UK. Instructors or librarians can assign extracts to courses, and students are then able to access the content via a secure link.

The Alma integration with the DCS enables Alma librarians to easily check ownership through one platform that streamlines their access to previously digitized materials when fulfilling requests for course readings. At the same time, the integration of Leganto with the DCS allows Leganto users to benefit from the automatic insertion of secure content links in Leganto course reading lists. With this streamlined workflow, teaching staff and librarians save time, benefit from a reduced administrative burden, and support teaching excellence.

Meghan Mazella, senior product manager at CLA, said, “We are delighted to be working with Ex Libris to integrate the Alma library management service and the Leganto course reading list solution with the Digital Content Store. Through this partnership, we are able to offer our mutual customers a more efficient service, provide greater access to content for academics and students, and simplify the daily workflows of higher education librarians.”

Asaf Kline, director of product management at Ex Libris, added, “Our collaboration with CLA demonstrates the benefits of our truly open, extensible solutions. The expanded integration of Alma and Leganto with the Digital Content Store enables UK universities that use Alma and Leganto to further optimize their library processes and easily enrich course reading lists. Teaching staff as well as librarians benefit from simpler copyright management and can concentrate on improving teaching and learning.”

About CLA

The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) is the recognized UK collective rights licensing body for text and images from book, journal, and magazine content. We exist to simplify copyright for content users and copyright owners. Our mission is to help customers legally access, copy, and share the published content they need, while also making sure that copyright owners are paid royalties for the use of their work. We have been providing rights and licenses, as well as a growing range of services that simplify copyright and make it easier to access content, for over 30 years. For more information about the CLA, visit our website, or visit our Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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.

27 March 2017


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