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Automated RapidILL services will enable library users to access materials at other academic institutions quickly and easily

CHICAGO, IL, January 26, 2020 – Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that Marist College has selected the Ex Libris RapidILL™ resource sharing service to update the college’s interlibrary loan activities so that the needs of the community will be better served.

Originally developed by staff at the Colorado State University Libraries and recently acquired by Ex Libris, the RapidILL solution offers library users enhanced interlibrary loan services at significant cost savings by eliminating various fees, expediting processing, leveraging a library’s own print and electronic journal holdings, and reducing the amount of staff time required for processing interlibrary loan requests. Today RapidILL is in use at more than 330 institutions.

With RapidILL reciprocal lending, Marist will engage in dynamic, pioneering resource sharing that will provide significant cost savings while dramatically improving the faculty and student experience.

Looking to improve the library experience of faculty and students, Marist College’s interlibrary loan librarians explored ways in which they could update their technology, make it more efficient, and increase the potential pool of resources available from other institutions. The RapidILL service will meet these needs by connecting Marist’s James A. Cannavino Library to the journal collections of academic institutions in North America, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, and Taiwan.

The RapidILL article service will be seamlessly integrated into the college’s Tipasa interlibrary loan system and will provide a faster turnaround time than traditional resource sharing solutions. By implementing automated lender identification and load leveling, the RapidILL system will be able to fulfill requests accurately and efficiently. An additional benefit of the RapidILL system will be smoother workflows for sharing with the ConnectNY library consortium, which delivers documents through the RapidILL CNY pod.

Metadata and Resource Management Librarian Deborah Tomaras said, “RapidILL will help Marist College fulfill our strategic goals of promoting innovation and ensuring student success by using automated methods to expand access to materials and expedite their delivery to faculty and students.”

”We are pleased to welcome Marist College to the ever-expanding RapidILL community,” commented Sharona Sagi, vice president of resource sharing at Ex Libris. “As the RapidILL installed base grows, so do the opportunities for more efficient resource sharing.”

About Marist College

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River, on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and at its Florence, Italy, campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century. Marist educates more than 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,400 adult and graduate students in 47 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees, and also doctor of physical therapy and physician assistant programs.

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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.

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26 January 2020

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