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The university library looks forward to the benefits of flexibility provided by the open Alma platform

TAIWAN, Japan, January 16, 2018 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that National Taiwan University (NTU) has chosen the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform to replace the school’s library management system. In addition, NTU’s local implementation of the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution will be migrated to the cloud and integrated with the Alma platform. Through the software-as-a-service model, the university library services will enjoy benefit from the real-time synchronization and automatic updates of the Alma and Primo software solutions.

The evaluation process for the library platform focused on several main requirements: open access, flexibility, extension capabilities and plug-ins, support for traditional Chinese characters, and adaptability to accommodate the library’s specific needs. Furthermore, as NTU embarks on a restructuring of its library and the adoption of the Resource Description and Access (RDA) standard, Alma’s support for this standard will facilitate the review and streamlining of workflows and processes.

Hui-Hua Chen, the division director of the IT Services Division at NTU Library, commented, “Most important, we are impressed by the diverse flexible options that Alma provides. Using the open platform, we will be able to develop services on top of Alma and Primo. The mature API environment not only makes such development easy but is also available free of charge. Another major benefit is the local support provided by Ex Libris, including a Taiwanese-based distributor and staff and the availability of product documentation in traditional Chinese characters."

Ziv BenZvi, vice president of Ex Libris Asia Pacific, said, “We are happy to welcome National Taiwan University to our Alma and Primo communities. We are proud that our stable, cloud-based solutions will be the backbone of an ultramodern library that is almost 90 years old.”

About National Taiwan University

The National Taiwan University Library was established in March of 1928. On November 14, 1998, the new building for the main library officially opened for use. It is one of the largest academic library in Taiwan. The 35,000 square-meter library holds over 7 million items and it houses the largest collection of Taiwan history studies in the country. The library includes Social Science branch and Medical Library branch that provides support to related fields. For more information, please visit http://lib.ntu.edu.tw/.

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.

16 January 2018


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