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By Nicola Bacon
Built in 1902, The State and University Library, Aarhus University, Denmark, is a university library with over 34,000 students to support as well as users from the wider community. With the vision statement ‘More digital – Greater visibility – Better navigation’, the library had the aspiration to incorporate more Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions into its Integrated Library System (ILS).
Having built a solid and trusted relationship with ProQuest over many years, the library looked to them to assist in delivering a transformational library services platform, which was able to integrate with its existing discovery, linking and management tools. The brand new Intota™ platform was the perfect solution to address the library’s needs.
The State and University Library already use the Summon® Service and 360 Link for their students discovery needs, and Intota will enhance this to provide an unprecedented discovery service which enables easy, efficient and unbiased access to the library’s collection. Intota also builds on the university’s existing use of ProQuest’s 360 Resource Manager, making acquisitions and licensing workflows for electronic resources simple, easy and fully integrated with the discovery layer. The Intota platform integrates with the library’s existing system, which provides easy implementation without enduring the challenging and lengthy timescales for migrations.
Vibeke Christensen, Licensadministrator at Statsbiblioteket said, “Adding Intota to our suite of ProQuest workflows products is a natural step in our long term relationship with the company. We are looking forward to learning how it will improve our workflows.”
Intota has been designed to address the needs of today’s libraries – managing electronic collections and supporting the expectations of the modern patron. Intota combines discovery, linking, collection management and assessment in one system, built on a single authoritative knowledgebase. With Intota, ProQuest is focused on not just replacing the status quo, but on transforming the library.
A constant issue within libraries today is the amount of unnecessary hours spent trying to maintain and manage vast collections of electronic resources. Through Intota, the management of electronic resources is transformed resulting in the elimination of unnecessary workloads, allowing staff to focus on more important activities, and it also streamlines the entire e-resource lifecycle including evaluation, acquisition, assessment and renewal.
[Photos from Aarhaus home page and About the Library.]