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The Alma platform will help the university fulfill the increasing demand for electronic resources

CSASSO MARCONI, Italy, May 11, 2017 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that Italy’s University of Genoa (Università degli Studi di Genova) has opted to migrate to the Ex Libris Alma® library management service to help meet the increasing demand for electronic resources. Integrated with the university’s Primo discovery and delivery solution, including the Primo Central Index, the Alma service will enable the library team to benefit from unified, streamlined workflows.

A long-term Ex Libris Aleph® customer, the university library found that the type of resources that users seek has undergone a significant change in the past few years. As a result, the university library system has had to adapt to new processes for acquiring and managing electronic resources in addition to managing extensive print collections.

University of Genoa Library Director Antonio Scolari said, “At the moment, we are spending over 75% of our budget on e-journals, e-books, and databases. I anticipate that in the future, the proportion that we spend on print materials will continue to shrink. A unified system that manages the whole workflow, from purchase proposal to inventory-related activities, will support the change in the way that we manage our budget.”

The move to Alma will give the university a unified resource management solution that will enable the staff to take advantage of enhanced workflows for acquiring and managing electronic resources. The librarians will also be using the Alma Community Zone to collaborate on the cataloging, acquisition, and management of resources. The resulting time that is saved on day-to-day tasks will provide more opportunities for the library to deliver teaching, learning, and visitor support services.

Ofer Mosseri, corporate vice president and general manager of Ex Libris EMEA, commented, “I am delighted that the University of Genoa is joining our rapidly growing Italian Alma community. The five libraries of the University will be able to work together in a collaborative environment that supports their institutional goals while reducing the effort required to manage their extensive collections.”

About the University of Genoa (Università degli Studi di Genova)

The University of Genoa (Università degli Studi di Genova, or UNIGE) is one of the oldest large European universities and one of the most renowned multidisciplinary public universities in Italy, with recognized excellence in several scientific and technological domains. More than 32,000 undergraduate and graduate students are taught by more than 1,200 faculty members and supported by over 1,100 staff members in five schools—Natural Sciences, Medical Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences, and Humanities—at four educational centers (Genoa, Imperia, Savona, and La Spezia). The university’s five libraries deliver services in 60 locations and hold over 1,200,000 items, including more than 30,000 electronic journals and over 40,000 e-books.

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.

11 May 2017

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