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ARL member chooses Alma for streamlining library processes

CHICAGO, IL, January 21, 2017 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that Temple University has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library management service to replace an Innovative Millennium library system. Temple University chose the Ex Libris solutions as a best-in-class implementation to complement the school’s next-generation central library, due to open in the fall of 2018. There are now 35 members of the Association of Research Libraries® (ARL) who have opted for the Alma solution.

Alma will enable each of the Temple University libraries to eliminate the overhead and costs of on-premises system administration. With the cloud-based, multitenant Alma architecture, new software versions will be updated automatically when they become available and the update process will not incur any system downtime. These are critical features for the planned state-of-the-art library.

Additional factors in Temple’s choice include the extensive Ex Libris developer community and Alma’s full integration with the automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) that the groundbreaking new library will employ. Alma’s robust API capabilities will facilitate the integration of secondary systems as they are added. Furthermore, Alma’s business intelligence features and analytics component will enable Temple librarians to create reports without any special technological training.

“After considering a range of options, we saw that Alma is the best fit for our new library,” explained David Lacy, director of library technology and knowledge management services at Temple University. “We anticipate a productive collaboration with Ex Libris, which has a proven record as a technology leader, to create library services of the highest quality.”

“Temple University will be a valuable addition to the Alma community,” commented Eric Hines, president of Ex Libris North America. “Temple’s forward-looking library administration and staff will undoubtedly contribute to Alma development through participation in the active user community.”

About Temple University

Temple University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1884. Temple has seven campuses in Pennsylvania, as well as campuses in Rome, Tokyo, Singapore, and London. Temple is among the nation's greatest providers of professional education (in law, medicine, podiatry, pharmacy, dentistry, and architecture), preparing the largest body of professional practitioners in Pennsylvania. Temple University is an ARL member and has 13 library locations. With over 4.5 million bibliographic records, the libraries serve more than 40,000 students. For more information, visit Temple University’s website at http://www.temple.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.

21 January 2017


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