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University of Deusto Library Becomes the First in Spain to Choose Ex Libris Alma
BARCELONA, SPAIN, May 18, 2016 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the University of Deusto will be replacing its AMICUS library management system with Ex Libris Alma® and will migrate from an on-premises discovery system to a SaaS implementation of the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution. Students, instructors, researchers, and library staff will all benefit from the Alma-Primo combination.
“Our current ILS has been in use for a number of years, but its print-focused design means that several different external systems are necessary for handling digital collections and various library tasks. As a result, back-office processes are fragmented and divided among a number of teams,” said Library Director Nieves Taranco Del Barrio.
“The university has a strategic goal of enabling librarians to focus on providing better services for all library users—in particular, helping librarians develop new user-facing services that support research and user training,” she continued. “Alma and Primo SaaS will assist us in achieving this goal by increasing efficiency in the management and delivery of print and e-resources via streamlined workflows.”
Additional factors in the library’s decision to adopt the Alma and Primo combination include the Ex Libris vendor-neutral approach to content, the close integration of Primo and Alma, and the rich analytics that Alma provides. Alma analytics will help the library save on costs and ensure that acquisitions are both optimal and timely.
Ofer Mosseri, corporate vice president and general manager of Ex Libris EMEA, commented: “We welcome the University of Deusto to our large and growing customer base in Europe and the active community of global Alma users. We are delighted that a Spanish university has opted for the next-generation Alma-Primo solution to improve library workflows and effectively handle the management and discovery of the library’s collections, both print and digital.”
About Universidad de Deusto
Founded in 1886, the University of Deusto is the oldest private university in Spain. A Jesuit institution, Deusto has an enrollment of over 10,000 students on its Bilbao and San Sebastián campuses and in the Deusto Business School in Madrid. The six faculties and schools—plus an associated teacher training college—are supported by the library, which resides in a building in Campus Bilbao designed by renowned architect Rafael Moneo. The library places special emphasis on new technologies, offers more than 1,700 study spaces aimed at facilitating teamwork, study, and research, and houses over one million print, electronic, digital, and heritage resources. Learn more about the University of Deusto on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
About Ex Libris
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