20 December 2016 News Releases

University of Waikato Goes Live with Ex Libris Alma and Primo

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce the University of Waikato has gone live with the Alma library management service and the Primo discovery and delivery solution.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA, December 20, 2016 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the University of Waikato, in Hamilton, New Zealand, has gone live with the Ex Libris Alma® library management service and the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution. Alma replaces the university library’s Voyager® integrated library system.

Waikato sought a truly cloud-based, software-as-a-service platform that provides streamlined workflows for the acquisition and management of both print and electronic resources. An early adopter of the ProQuest Intota library services platform, Waikato chose the combination of Alma and Primo as the next step in library automation.

Key to Waikato’s decision was the desire to put more emphasis on value-added tasks rather than administrative ones. Waikato University Librarian Ross Hallett explained, “With the combination of Alma and Primo, we will be able to streamline our workflows and eliminate numerous in-house tools, thus saving considerable staff time in simple day-to-day processing chores. We also look forward to having sophisticated reporting and analytics features, which will make collection assessment much simpler and time-efficient.

Waikato was especially impressed with the new Primo interface. Hallett noted, “Primo reflects the uncluttered approach that we were looking for. Presenting all our digital resources in one place will considerably improve discoverability and access. Waikato was an early adopter of discovery layer services. Now we are looking forward to tight integration of the resource selection, purchasing, and management in Alma with the discovery process in Primo.”

Ziv BenZvi, vice president of Ex Libris Asia Pacific, commented, “We are pleased to see another Intota early adopter join the Alma community. The combination of Alma and Primo will enhance efficiency and unify resource management and discovery for the University of Waikato’s extensive faculty and student body.”

About the University of Waikato

The University of Waikato, based in the city of Hamilton in New Zealand’s North Island, is one of New Zealand’s leading research universities. Made up of seven faculties and schools, the University educates and supports more than 12,000 students, including 2,000 international students. The University of Waikato is committed to delivering a world-class education and research portfolio; providing a full, dynamic university experience that is distinctive in character; and pursuing strong international links to advance knowledge. Learn more here: http://www.waikato.ac.nz/.

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 (http://www.proquest.com)

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.