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The 100,000 VCCS students will enjoy an improved research experience and librarians will have more time for expanding library services

CHICAGO, IL, November 7, 2017 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and will integrate it with its statewide implementation of the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution. Alma will replace the Ex Libris Aleph® integrated library system. The libraries of the nearly two dozen community colleges that constitute the VCCS will have the time-saving benefit of centralized acquisitions and collaborative decision-making.

“We are pleased that the rigorous VCCS search for a new integrated library system was so successful,” commented Tara Cassidy, director of library services at Virginia's Community Colleges. “VCCS will implement Ex Libris Alma with Primo in response to the changing needs of our students, our libraries, and evolving standards within the industry. As we strive to improve the community college student experience and equip our transfer students with the research skills and knowledge needed to succeed at a four-year institution, this project will put our library technology infrastructure on equal footing with that of our transfer partners and peer institutions. Our 23 college libraries can now look forward to providing library services via a modern system.”

Cassidy continued: “The new library system will enable our staff to focus on supporting teaching and learning rather than dealing with siloed systems and ad hoc manual processes. The ability to quickly generate meaningful reports will inform decision-making for library operations, purchases, and collection analysis in a consistent way. With Alma, VCCS will also be able to make full use of our significant investment in electronic resources, effectively manage assets, and support emergent and increasingly complex e-resource licensing and access models.”

“Ex Libris is excited to welcome Virginia’s Community Colleges to our active Alma user community,” said Eric Hines, president of Ex Libris North America. “Alma will enable the VCCS to manage its comprehensive e-resource collection more efficiently, streamline workflows, and encourage new library services.”

About Virginia’s Community Colleges

Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so that lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, Virginia’s Community Colleges elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 241,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.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 is committed to supporting the important work happening in the world’s research and learning communities. The company curates content that matters to the advancement of knowledge, assembling an archive of billions of vetted, indexed documents. It simplifies workflows so that people and institutions use time effectively. And because ProQuest connects information communities, complex networks of systems and processes work together efficiently. With ProQuest, finding answers and deriving insights is straightforward and leads to extraordinary outcomes.

ProQuest and its companies and affiliates – Ex Libris, Alexander Street, Bowker – stand for better research, better learning, better insights. ProQuest enables people to change their world.

07 November 2017


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