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The Alma platform enables this leading New Zealand institution to centralize library management and lower costs

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA, April 25, 2018 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that New Zealand’s Ara Institute of Canterbury has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform, which, together with the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution, is facilitating the management of Ara’s wide range of electronic and physical resources.

Ara Institute of Canterbury sought a new cloud-based and future-proofed system that would handle both electronic and physical assets and support the various acquisition methods that the Institute employs. Ara anticipates that the Alma platform will simplify and centralize the management and control of electronic and physical resources as well as improving access to resources. In addition, the Alma Analytics module will facilitate the tracking of resource usage, enabling the Institute to evaluate its collection and report on the library’s impact on student success.

Dr. Kumaresan Chidambaranathan, manager of Library & Information Services at Ara, noted, “Alma gives us greater control over both our internal configuration and our face to the public and in turn allows us to be more student-focused and responsive. Also, by reducing our reliance on external systems, we are significantly lowering our costs.

“The support from Ex Libris throughout this project has been invaluable, and the company continues to work with us to solve issues and improve our understanding of the system.”

Ziv BenZvi, vice president of Ex Libris Asia Pacific, commented, ”We are excited to welcome Ara Institute of Canterbury to our growing New Zealand Alma community. The cloud-based, future-facing Alma platform will support Ara’s mission of providing a world-class education to a new generation of New Zealanders.”

About Ara Institute of Canterbury

Ara Institute of Canterbury is a vibrant, progressive, government-funded tertiary institute providing world-class, tertiary-level education throughout the Canterbury and Waitaki region of New Zealand. Ara was created in 2016 when education providers CPIT and Aoraki Polytechnic merged, bringing together two well-established organizations and over 200 years of collective experience and success. For more information, see http://www.ara.ac.nz/about-us.

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.

24 April 2018


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