08 March 2017 News Releases

Ex Libris Alma and Primo to Provide Next-Generation Library Services to Britain’s University of Central Lancashire

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce UCLan will be implementing the Alma library management service combined with the Primo discovery and delivery solution.

LONDON, UK, March 8, 2017 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) will be implementing the Ex Libris Alma® library management service combined with the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution to meet the needs and expectations of the library’s increasingly digital-native community of users.

The library environment at UCLan has significantly changed over the past decade as the nature of the student population and of scholarly resources has evolved. UCLan therefore decided to acquire a library services platform that manages digital resources, metadata, and licenses in addition to print collections. Together, the Alma and Primo solutions will provide high-quality services to the entire university community—teaching staff, students, and library teams.

James Crooks, acting director of learning and information services at UCLan, said, “One of the university’s strategic aims is to create an inspirational student experience. To this end, we are investing in cutting-edge solutions that will help our teaching staff support and motivate our students. We see Alma and Primo as bringing us a technologically advanced study and work environment that will enhance student success and raise the effectiveness of our academic and library staff.”

Through the seamless workflows between Alma and Primo, UCLan anticipates simplifying the library’s processes and increasing its efficiency, thus enabling librarians to address new information and service needs. The library’s ability to provide users with a rapid, seamless delivery of resources of all types and to leverage advanced analytics will increase the library’s value to the university while enhancing the students' discovery and learning experience.

Ofer Mosseri, corporate vice president and general manager of Ex Libris EMEA, commented, “We are pleased to welcome UCLan to our ever-growing European Alma and Primo communities. Ex Libris looks forward to collaborating with the university as it implements Alma and Primo to optimize library services and processes and satisfy the rising demand for e-resources.”

About the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston, UK, was founded in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge and has grown into one of the UK’s largest universities. UCLan has a staff and student community approaching 38,000 and an employment-focused course portfolio containing over 350 undergraduate programs and nearly 250 postgraduate programs. The University has an established research reputation with world-leading work in the areas of business, health, humanities, and science.

As a truly global institution with an established campus in Cyprus, UCLan has a student body encompassing 120 nationalities, a partnership network that extends to 125 countries, and an additional campus in Cyprus. In 2016 the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) placed UCLan in the top 3.7 percent of all universities worldwide in 2016. For more information, see www.uclan.ac.uk/.

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.