18 October 2017 News Releases

Washington Research Library Consortium Extends Ex Libris Alma and Primo Implementation to Additional Libraries of Member Universities

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce the the number of libraries participating in the Alma and Primo implementation at the WRLC Consortium, has increased to 16.

CHICAGO, IL, October 18, 2017 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the number of libraries participating in the Ex Libris Alma® and Primo® implementation at the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), in Washington, DC, has recently increased to 16.

Georgetown University’s Law Library, American University’s Pence Law Library, and George Washington University’s Jacob Burns Law Library and Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library will now be able to take advantage of the consortium’s implementation of the Alma library management service and Primo discovery and delivery solution. The Alma and Primo platforms will provide these libraries with new opportunities for collaboration, such as the sharing of resources and bibliographic information, to enhance services and support for faculty and students.

Mark D. Jacobs, executive director of the WRLC, noted, “Seamless discovery, access, and resource sharing are essential for our end users. Providing a library infrastructure that facilitates such sharing has been the mission of the Washington Research Library Consortium for 30 years. Alma and Primo have helped us expand the Consortium and fulfill this mission.

“Our commitment to the collective management of both print and digital resources requires a library services platform that can manage our large volume of data and transactions. Alma and Primo have the capacity and the innovative features that we need to increase coordination and collaboration within the WRLC and will enhance our ability to work together with our partner universities.”

Billie Jo Kaufman, associate dean and professor of law at American University, Washington College of Law, added, “The American University Pence Law Library is pleased to join the Alma and Primo integrated library system, providing our library users with an easy, inclusive access point to all resources available through the WRLC.  Alma and Primo will make our collaboration with the WRLC intuitive and clear to our library staff and patrons.  Together with the WRLC’s high level of service, the collaborative Alma and Primo system will provide clarity and budget-sensitive options not previously available.”

Eric Hines, president of Ex Libris North America, commented, “We are pleased to provide tools that enable consortia to promote learning and scholarship among their members. Alma and Primo are strengthening collaboration at the Washington Research Library Consortium and expanding the services that the partner libraries offer their user communities.”

About the Washington Research Library Consortium

The Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) is a collaborative partnership providing proactive, responsive, innovative, and cost-effective access to shared information resources, services, and expertise. Through strategic priorities such as the creation of coordinated collections and a robust infrastructure for discovery and access, the WRLC is contributing to the success of learning and scholarship. The combined collections of the Washington Research Library Consortium total more than 14 million items. For more information, visit the WRLC website at http://www.wrlc.org.

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.

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