19 October 2017 News Releases

Norwegian Library Systems Consortium BIBSYS Selects Ex Libris Leganto for National Reading List Framework

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce the BIBSYS—the agency of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research has chosen the Leganto reading list solution.

LONDON, UK, October 19, 2017 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that BIBSYS—the agency of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research that provides library services to universities and colleges, research institutions, and the National Library—has chosen the Ex Libris LegantoSM reading list solution after an exhaustive tendering process.

The first nine institutions that will use the solution under the national framework are Agder University, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences and Molde University College; Nord University, Norwegian University of Life Sciences and, Oslo and Akershus University College; University College of Southeast Norway, Vestlandet University College and Østfold University College.

When evaluating reading list systems, BIBSYS’s objective was to select a modern solution that has a clear focus on both current and future requirements of students, teaching staff and librarians. The agency sought a reading list system that would produce clean, simple, and uniformly structured reading lists that can be easily accessed and managed and would support the BIBSYS consortial environment. Such a system would help BIBSYS fulfill its vision of contributing to an effective teaching and learning environment in institutions across the country.

“Various project reports stated that course materials are hard for students to find and there is often a lack of coordination between library collections and teaching and learning requirements,” explained BIBSYS Director Frode Arntsen. “Leganto will overcome these issues, simplifying the processes involved in creating, providing, and accessing reading lists. Instructors will be able to easily build and maintain reading lists for their students, and we anticipate that communication among subject coordinators, administrative staff, and libraries will improve considerably.

“Leganto will help ensure that member libraries have relevant collections and subscriptions based on course needs, and that the resources that libraries already hold become instantly available to instructors and students. Another key consideration for us was Ex Libris’ commitment regarding Leganto’s ability to integrate with existing products and services from BIBSYS and other campus systems, such as copyright licensing, curriculum management and student administration systems.”

Ofer Mosseri, corporate vice president and general manager of Ex Libris EMEA, commented, “BIBSYS is already using the Ex Libris Alma® library services platform and Primo® discovery and delivery solution. The decision by BIBSYS to add Leganto confirms the comprehensiveness of the Ex Libris library services vision. Our solutions provide seamless integration and efficient workflows across the teaching, learning, and library experience.”


BIBSYS is a key supplier of products and services for Norwegian higher education institutions, other research institutions, public administrative institutions, and the National Library of Norway. BIBSYS offer lecturers, librarians, researchers, students, and others easy access to library resources by providing a variety of search options as well as simple loan and order functions. BIBSYS delivers a range of integrated products for the internal operation of research and special libraries, as well as providing easy access to the libraries’ collections, whether they are electronic or paper documents. BIBSYS products and services are developed in cooperation with the institutions that BIBSYS serves. The organisation’s aim is to be the most important strategic tool for these higher education and research institutions, enabling them to provide the right library services to their users.

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