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The Esploro research services solution will promote interdepartmental collaboration and help researchers focus on their research output instead of administrative processes

CHICAGO, IL, January 25, 2019 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that Washington State University (WSU) has chosen the Ex Libris Esploro™ research services solution to further optimize the university’s research workflows. Built on the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform the Esploro solution will become the university’s unified solution for managing all research output and data, spanning different phases of the research lifecycle as well as providing a high-level view of researcher activities.

Prior to its pursuit of an appropriate research management tool, WSU defined ways in which the library would be able to enhance research as well as intensify collaboration and engagement across the campus. In addition, the university’s requirements for a research management tool included the ability to identify grant opportunities and collect and safeguard research data and publications in a central repository.

Leveraging the library staff’s expertise in managing metadata and describing resources, WSU will benefit from Esploro workflows that describe the entire gamut of the university’s research output, from art installations to STEM data sets. The WSU Libraries will be able to engage and collaborate with university researchers, supporting researchers by automatically capturing publications and unifying the deposit of multiple-format research outputs. These automated workflows are instrumental in removing some of the administrative and compliance hurdles and enabling researchers to focus on their research product.

“The possibility of moving to a more holistic method of supporting and advancing research is exciting for WSU, and we look forward to seeing how Esploro can help us in this regard,” said Alex Merrill, head of library systems and technical operations at Washington State University Libraries, Pullman.

Eric Hines, president of Ex Libris North America, added, “We are particularly pleased to see yet another example of a strong academic library collaborating with the office of research to streamline and strengthen research activity. Washington State University is taking full advantage of the Ex Libris Higher Ed platform to benefit its library, teaching and learning, and now research as well.”

About Washington State University

Washington State University (WSU), established in 1890, is a public land-grant research university based in Pullman, Washington. On its Pullman campus, WSU offers 95 undergraduate majors, 66 master’s degree programs, 47 doctoral degree programs, and three professional degree programs. The university has a robust student body, with more than 24,000 undergraduate, 4,300 graduate, and 950 professional students. WSU also offers distance education through its Global Campus. Using state-of-the-art digital resources, the Global Campus reaches students located around the world. For more information about WSU, visit https://wsu.edu.

About Ex Libris

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions that enable institutions and their individual users to create, manage, and share knowledge. In close collaboration with its customers and the broader community, Ex Libris develops creative solutions that increase library productivity, maximize the impact of research activities, enhance teaching and learning, and drive student mobile engagement. Ex Libris serves over 7,500 customers in 90 countries. For more information about Ex Libris, see our website, and join us on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

About ProQuest (https://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.

25 January 2019


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