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The University was the first Aleph user in China and has now selected Alma as its next-generation library management platform

BEIJING, CHINA, December 19, 2016 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that Beijing Normal University (BNU) has opted for the Ex Libris Alma® library management service. The University has been using the Ex Libris Aleph® integrated library system since 2000, when it became the first university in China to adopt the system.

BNU chose Alma to provide a unified workflow for BNU’s print, electronic, and digital resources. The open architecture of Alma, its rich and expanding collection of APIs, and Alma’s cloud-based platform were essential factors in BNU’s decision.

Professor Zhang Qiwei, library director of BNU, explained, “It is crucial for us to integrate our currently diverse library systems so that we will be able to manage all our collections—print, electronic, and digital—within a single system. We also expect the Alma usage data and analytics to make our decision-making process more effective so that we can optimize our collection development and patron services.

“Throughout our 16-year collaboration with Ex Libris, the superior service and support we have received reinforce our confidence that we can depend on the company to take our library into the future. We look forward to many more productive years with Ex Libris!”

Ziv BenZvi, vice president of Ex Libris Asia Pacific, noted, “It is particularly satisfying to welcome BNU to the Alma community as our long-standing partnership continues to grow. With Alma, BNU will increase the efficiency of its library in both resource management and collection development.”

About Beijing Normal University (BNU)

Beijing Normal University, founded in 1902, was the first teacher-training university established in China. One of China’s most prestigious universities for teacher education, education science, and arts and sciences, it has 22,000 full-time students at its 22 schools and colleges, 2 departments, and 36 research centers. The library boasts over 4.1 million volumes and close to 17,300 GB in digital resources. For additional information about the Beijing Normal University, see

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 (

ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company’s products are a gateway to the world’s knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and ebooks. ProQuest technologies serve users across the critical points in research, helping them discover, access, share, create and manage information.

The company’s cloud-based technologies offer flexible solutions for librarians, students and researchers through the ProQuest®, Bowker®, Coutts® information services, Dialog®, ebrary®, EBL™, and SIPX® businesses – and notable research tools such as the Summon® discovery service, the RefWorks® citation and reference management platform, MyiLibrary® ebook platform, the Pivot® research development tool and Intota™. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.

18 December 2016

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