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As a program participant, the college library will help revolutionize resource sharing, enabling a smooth, easy to use, and patron-focused process

CHICAGO, IL, December 1, 2020 – Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that Gettysburg College’s Musselman Library has elected to become an early adopter of the Ex Libris Rapido™ resource sharing solution, becoming part of the growing Rapido community.

The new, cloud-based Rapido services will modernize the patron and staff experience and deliver easier, streamlined workflows for managing resource sharing requests. When requesting an item, patrons will be able to choose a delivery method, the preferred format of the material, the duration of the loan, and the expected wait time. They will continue to receive regular updates on the delivery status of each item requested. Being well informed will help users plan their study and research activities better and reduce the time they spend on the request process. In addition, libraries will benefit from new, dynamic options for interacting with resource sharing partners and for leveraging the partnerships to improve the patron experience.

As a participant in the Rapido early adopter program, the Gettysburg staff will be closely involved in providing product feedback and helping streamline the Rapido process to make each step as transparent as possible. The first release of the Rapido solution will be available to early adopters in 2021.

Musselman Library Director of Technical Services Jeremy Garskof commented, “Musselman Library looks forward to benefiting from the seamless integration of the Rapido solution with the Alma library platform, a combination that will equip us with automated fulfillment capabilities, make workflows more efficient, and enhance the user experience. Transitioning from our OCLC-based resource sharing solutions will reduce our costs; with the savings, we plan to provide patrons with a greater range of e‑resources—a staple of the pandemic era—and to implement new models of content access, such as controlled digital lending. By engaging with the Rapido early adopter program, we will ensure that the solution addresses the unique needs of small liberal arts colleges.”

“We are pleased to welcome Gettysburg College to the Rapido early adopter program,” remarked Eric Hines, president of Ex Libris North America. “Input from the college’s Musselman Library will play a pivotal role in revolutionizing the resource sharing domain.”

About Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College is private liberal arts college in Pennsylvania and an influential member of Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI). Founded in 1832, the college upholds a rigorous commitment to the liberal arts in all their breadth and depth. It welcomes diverse students from 34 US states and over 38 countries, and focuses on student enrichment, with small class sizes and a high faculty-to-student ratio. Home to Goldwater, Rhodes, Fulbright, and others prestigious fellowship recipients, it is ranked third in Pennsylvania and eighth in the nation for semester-long study abroad. For more information, please visit https://www.gettysburg.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://about.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.

01 December 2020


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