30 March 2017 News Releases

Spanish National Research Council Chooses Ex Libris Alma to Help Improve Support for Scientific Research in Spain

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce the Spanish National Research Council has selected the Alma library management service.

BARCELONA, Spain, March 30, 2017 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, or CSIC) has selected the Ex Libris Alma® library management service to strengthen the Council’s support for Spain’s scientific research endeavors. Alma will be integrated with CSIC’s implementation of the Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution.

CSIC was the first Ex Libris Aleph® customer outside of Israel and has been working with the Ex Libris SFX OpenURL link resolver since 2005 and the Primo solution since 2015. As CSIC addresses the changes in demand on its Network of Libraries and Archives (60 facilities that support the 3,000 researchers at CSIC) and the shifting nature of the Network’s collections, the Council looks forward to the opportunity to position itself at the forefront of library services technology.

With the move to the cloud-based Alma platform and its SaaS model, CSIC staff will no longer have to implement software updates or manage hardware and network infrastructure upgrades, maintenance, and replacement. In addition, the unified management of resources via streamlined Alma workflows will help the CSIC meet the increasing demand for e-resources. The resulting reduction of the librarians’ workload will give them more time to provide enhanced services to end users.

Director of the Library Coordination Unit Agnès Ponsati said, “This decision is aligned with our strategy of outsourcing purely IT responsibilities related to the work of CSIC’s Network of Libraries and Archives. In this way, we can focus on activities that are more directly involved with supporting scientific research processes. The workflow capabilities of Alma will help us disseminate our collections by integrating the management of electronic and printed resources with our Primo discovery solution. Intelligent use of the statistical data managed in Alma and Primo will enable us to better plan the development of our collections.”

Ofer Mosseri, corporate vice president and general manager of Ex Libris EMEA, commented, “I am delighted that CSIC, our loyal, prestigious customer, is joining the European Alma community. We look forward to continuing our long collaboration with CSIC, during which we have proven our ability to deliver leading-edge library solutions and provide top-quality support. I am confident that the scientific research community in Spain will benefit in many ways from the enhanced services and collections that CSIC’s implementation of Alma along with Primo will offer.”

About the Spanish National Research Council

The Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, or CSIC) is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. It has a workforce of more than 3,000 scientific researchers and generates about 20% of all Spanish scientific research output. The Network of Libraries and Archives of CSIC comprises 60 libraries located in the CSIC’s research institutes and supports scientific excellence by guaranteeing the scientific community’s access to information at the libraries and via a wide variety of online resources.

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.