17 November 2016 News Releases

Eastern Michigan University Library Will Be First to Integrate Alma and Summon

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce Eastern Michigan University is adopting the Alma library management service.

CHICAGO, IL, November 17, 2016 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that Eastern Michigan University (EMU) is adopting the Ex Libris Alma® library management service to replace the university library’s Voyager® integrated library system, which EMU has been using for nearly 20 years. EMU, which runs the ProQuest Summon® discovery service, will be the first institution to integrate Summon and Alma. In addition, having collaborated with ProQuest as an Intota development partner, EMU will continue to advise Ex Libris on the incorporation of Intota features into the Alma service.

With Alma, the EMU Library is looking forward to managing all its resources—physical, digital, and electronic—in a truly unified manner. Improved workflows will include a single process for activating new e-resources and setting them up for linking, discovery, and management.

Susann deVries, interim university librarian and department head at EMU, explained, “Connecting patrons with collections for knowledge creation is the bedrock of Eastern Michigan University’s mission and values. Our team has established a productive partnership with Ex Libris to realize the Library’s values as we become the first library to implement the Summon-Alma integration. This project will provide new capabilities for supporting discovery and will offer end users advanced, integrated patron services.”

Eric Hines, president of Ex Libris North America, noted, “We are thrilled to be working with the Eastern Michigan University Library on this important project. The integration of Summon and Alma offers libraries a greater choice of discovery services. The use of Summon, coupled with Alma, will greatly enhance the current discovery capabilities, leading to a much better patron experience.”

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern Michigan University is the second oldest university in Michigan, serving 22,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral, and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences, and professions. More than 300 majors, minors, and concentrations are delivered through the university’s graduate school and the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Health and Human Services, and Technology. EMU is recognized nationally for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information, visit the University's website.

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.