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The university moves ahead with plans to capitalize on the library’s investment in its collections and implement a groundbreaking discovery experience for users

CHICAGO, IL, April 4, 2017 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and Primo® discovery and delivery solution to manage and expose the library’s increasingly diverse collections and to deliver a streamlined user experience.

UCSB Library sought a mature, stable web-based system that enables the library staff to manage e‑resources and metadata effectively, provides strong support for data curation activities, and operates well with external systems.

As a flexible, powerful, and integrated service platform, the combination of Alma and Primo will increase efficiency; facilitate collaboration among different university roles; encourage innovation in library operations as well as in academic scholarship; and provide the means for improving library processes. The adoption of Primo by UCSB will offer local researchers considerable added value through unified access to both print resources and online licensed content through a sophisticated discovery system.

Using the robust analytics capabilities offered by Alma and Primo, UC Santa Barbara Library will be better able to demonstrate its value for academic outcomes. In addition, the resource usage and cost data generated by Alma will help the librarians make actionable curating decisions that will be aligned with the users’ needs, thus maximizing the use of the collection budget.

Alan Grosenheider, deputy university librarian for UC Santa Barbara, said, “Over the past few years, UCSB Library has been involved in a reinvention of its physical and digital infrastructure and spaces—completing a 150,000 square foot addition and renovation project, launching the Alexandria Digital Research Library (alexandria.ucsb.edu), and unveiling a new website (www.library.ucsb.edu). Migrating from the Aleph® library system to Alma and Primo will maximize the Library's investment in its research collections and revolutionize the discovery experience for the UCSB community.”

“Ex Libris is thrilled to welcome UC Santa Barbara to the growing Alma and Primo user community,” commented Eric Hines, president of Ex Libris North America. “UCSB will benefit from collaboration with the 35 other ARL members that are using Alma today.”

About the University of California, Santa Barbara

UC Santa Barbara, one of 10 campuses in the University of California system, is a public research university located on the beautiful central California coast. UCSB Library is a member of both the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Digital Library Federation (DLF). The mission of UCSB Library is to enable exploration and collaboration for scholars in their intellectual engagement with the world of ideas and the creation of knowledge. For more information, visit UCSB’s library website at www.library.ucsb.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.

04 April 2017


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