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Drake's libraries adopt new platform for enhanced services

April 28, 2015

Drake University’s libraries have selected a new integrated cloud-based platform for collections management, purchasing, and patron account management. The Ex Libris Alma unified resource management service and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution will be used to enhance services at Drake’s Cowles Library and Opperman Law Library.

Drake University selected Alma and Primo to provide an advanced, next-generation library solution that would allow for greater inter-library collaboration, enable the libraries to achieve more and better outcomes, and more effectively manage resources. Rod Henshaw, dean of Drake’s Cowles Library sees Alma as a key part of the library’s set of “Futures Initiatives,” which are designed to sustain the library as an innovative resource for learning and knowledge at Drake. “This is a product we can grow and build on,” he said.

The Alma platform’s flexible configurations and ability to integrate with external systems will make it easier for Drake to adopt innovative solutions and facilitate collaborative projects among libraries, said Andrew Welch, librarian for discovery services and technology.

“Drake University’s goal was to find a library services platform that went beyond being a cloud-based, next-generation service,” Welch said. “Libraries face a reality in which they are expected to do more with less, and in which inter-library collaboration is a growing trend. Rather than finding ways to do these things by working with our previous integrated library system, we wanted to innovate by harnessing new technologies. Additionally, we believe that Primo’s strong integration with Alma will give our users the best possible means to achieve their research goals.”

Early implementation and training is expected to begin in early 2016, and the new functionality is expected to be available for library staff and patrons in June 2016.

Eric Hines, president of Ex Libris North America, remarked: “We are delighted to welcome Drake University into the Alma and Primo communities, and the larger Ex Libris community as well. Alma is proving to be the platform of choice for research libraries in the United States and globally, with a steadily expanding community of over 420 institutions. Drake University’s decision to move to Alma and Primo demonstrates their desire to reinvent their processes and take advantage of next-generation technology, for the benefit of their users and the institution as a whole.”

About Drake University

Drake University is a midsize, private university in Des Moines, Iowa, enrolling more than 3,300 undergraduate and 1,700 graduate students from 40 states and approximately 40 countries. Students choose from over 70 majors, minors, and concentrations and 20 graduate degrees offered through six colleges and schools. Drake students, faculty, and staff take advantage of the wealth of cultural, recreational, and business opportunities found in Iowa's capital city. In return, Drake enriches the city through its own cultural offerings, considerable economic impact, and many service-learning endeavors, which channel the talent and energy of the Drake students toward meeting the needs of the community.

About Ex Libris

Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic, national, and research libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 90 countries on six continents.   Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables libraries to maximize productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.

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