Library Management Systems continue to be a key need for universities across the globe and recently the University Library of Southern Denmark (SDUB), the third largest University in Denmark, made the decision to choose ProQuest’s next-generation library services platform, Intota™, to enhance management of electronic resources and offer improved discovery within their libraries.
As an open university, over 30,000 students, researchers and the general public use SDUB as a knowledge centre for the entire region of Southern Denmark with six campuses in different Danish cities. The library provides access to a variety of research materials including its ever-expanding digital collections which drove the need to find a more robust system for electronic resource management.
SDUB required assistance in managing its digital collections, as it moved away from the more traditional print collections. Intota provided the university with a cloud-based Library Services Platform that would help librarians work with greater efficiency, reducing tedious and redundant traditional workflows. Using this more efficient way to manage their collections enabled them to devote more time to addressing the needs of their users. The comprehensive ERM system available with Intota connects to the 360 Link link resolver and the Summon discovery service further eliminating duplication of work. With its transformational approach using unified intelligent workflows, SDUB could tell that the Intota approach made a lot more sense than that of other more traditional library system suppliers.
Bjarne Christensen, Head of Library IT Services at the university library said, “The approach that ProQuest are taking with Library Service Platforms makes sense. We are looking forward to using one ERM system with Intota v1 that is connected to our link resolver and discovery service to eliminate duplication of work.”
The transformational Intota cloud-based service simplifies two major challenges libraries face today: collection assessment and e-resource management. Intota combines industry-leading discovery, linking, collection management and assessment in one system, built on a single, authoritative knowledgebase.
One key workflow element offered in Intota is called “My Intota.” My Intota provides an “Activities” and “Databases” workspace that includes tasks, deadlines and associated action steps—with multiple filtering capabilities and access to more detail relevant to the specific task. This provides the university library staff a simple and efficient tool to manage all elements within an easy-to-navigate single interface.
Another benefit offered by Intota is that it addresses the needs of librarians, like those at SDUB, today without them needing to adopt a whole new system. The Intota library services platform provides market-leading discovery, linking, assessment, and management solutions for collections in a single package to integrate with existing systems. Intota reduces the frustration of managing incompatible, disparate systems that don’t address the biggest pain points of today’s increasingly digital collections and no major migrations of other systems are required.
The University Library of Southern Denmark is one of more than 100 libraries worldwide who have selected Intota for electronic resources management since the product’s introduction in 2014.