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Offering long-term value, the combined platform will help drive innovative, strategic library services

CHICAGO, IL, March 22, 2017 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and Primo® discovery and delivery solution. UNC Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library selected the Ex Libris solutions as an integrated, best-in-class implementation to meet patron expectations and take the library into the future. Alma and Primo will replace Atkins’ existing OCLC® WorldShare® Management Services platform.

During the evaluation process, UNC Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library defined a number of goals for the new system, including an increase in efficiency, the streamlining of management workflows, and a powerful, modern search service. The Ex Libris solutions were selected to fulfill all of these goals. With the cloud-based, multitenant Alma architecture, software updates are automatic and require no effort on the part of library staff. Alma workflows streamline e-resource management while the Primo discovery experience offers library patrons a customizable interface, comprehensive search technology, and personalized result lists that support the needs of researchers and students.

Dr. Anne Cooper Moore, dean of J. Murrey Atkins Library, noted, “Among the features that particularly excite us are the full integration of the Alma platform with RFID inventory control and physical collection security systems as well as the platform’s robust API capabilities, which will facilitate the integration of our secondary systems. The business intelligence and analytics components of Alma and Primo will enable our librarians to create reports on demand without any special training. Finally, we are looking forward to benefiting from and contributing to the extensive Ex Libris developer community.”

“We are pleased to welcome the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to our growing Alma and Primo customer community,” commented Eric Hines, president of Ex Libris North America. “We are excited to partner with UNC-Charlotte and to provide the ability to eliminate redundant systems and processes so that UNC-Charlotte can focus on providing strategic library services to their patrons.”

About the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

UNC Charlotte, known as North Carolina's urban research institution, was founded in 1946 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The university leverages its location in the state’s largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity; exemplary undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs; and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region.

About J. Murrey Atkins Library

The J. Murrey Atkins Library advances the scholarly and creative endeavors of UNC Charlotte and the greater Charlotte community by providing exceptional collections, spaces, services, and technologies. Atkins supports learning, cultivates research and scholarship, and inspires innovation by connecting people, ideas, and resources.  The library offers over 3.3 million volumes, including 930,000 e-books, over 400 databases, and approximately 75,000 journals, the vast majority available electronically. It is the largest academic library in the Southern Piedmont region and is a member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries. For more information about J. Murrey Atkins Library, visit http://library.uncc.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.

22 March 2017


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