In a move that will enhance the functionality of discovery services available through its partners and competitors alike, EBSCO Information Services last month announced a new policy on metadata sharing that will make all metadata for 129 of its full-text databases, more than 550,000 ebooks and more than 70 historical digital archives available to third-party discovery services. The policy also outlines a commitment to provide assistance with linking technology that has been requested by customers. Previously, the company had required third-party discovery services, such as OCLC’s WorldCat or Ex Libris’s Primo Discovery and Delivery, to use an EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) API in order to search EBSCO content.
Roger Brisson, the head of metadata services at Boston University (BU) Libraries, has been deeply immersed in the cloud-based library services platform Alma from Ex Libris for the better part of two years. BU went live with Alma in November, one of the early adopters, and Brisson, as part of the ALA Midwinter Conference, explained [...]
Golden Gate Capital, a $12 billion San Francisco-based private equity firm with a significant software and technology portfolio, has entered into an agreement to acquire library automation solutions provider Ex Libris Group from current owner Leeds Equity Partners, the companies announced this morning. The deal is expected to be completed in December. Under new ownership, Ex Libris will remain an independent business based in Jerusalem and run by the current management team, the company explained in the announcement. Additional terms of the sale were not disclosed.
There is great hope that these rapidly maturing discovery products will not only promote information literacy strategies but also deliver what metasearch (or federated search) has failed to achieve—a Google-like interface that provides a fast, single point of entry to an institution’s relevant and vetted scholarly content. However, at the moment, even as libraries are struggling to reestablish themselves as a compelling place to start research, the three constituencies—libraries, content providers, and discovery service vendors—cannot even agree on a common vocabulary to describe what they do.
All 37 member libraries of the Orbis Cascade Alliance will replace their current ILS and discovery systems with the Ex Libris Alma unified resource management system and Primo discovery solution, the Alliance announced today. Following an extensive request for proposal process, the Orbis council of library directors decided to enter into a contract with library automation provider Ex Libris in July.
Unified Resource Management in Action: Alma’s Impact at Boston College and Fort Hays State University
Thursday, November 1, 2012, 1:00-2:00 PM ET Next-generation library services are transforming the way libraries operate. Moderated by Ex Libris, this webinar will feature two Alma customers and their experience using the system. Erika Johnson, Electronic Resources Librarian at Boston College Libraries will discuss ways in which the Alma unified resource management service is streamlining workflows, with an emphasis on e-Resources. John Ross, Director of the Forsyth Library at Fort Hays State University, will focus on the strategic impact of Alma and how the system better allows the library to clearly demonstrate its value within the campus community. This archive is no longer available.
Boston College University Libraries (BCL) has replaced multiple systems previously used for managing print, electronic, and digital collections with a single consolidated solution provided by Ex Libris’ next-generation Alma library management service, the company announced on July 11. BCL is the first of more than 70 institutions that will be using the new cloud-based [...]
Ex Libris Group, a library technology company, released bX Hot Articles on March 28. Part of the recently launched bX usage-based suite of services, Hot Articles identifies the 10 articles that researchers have selected the most in each discipline in recent weeks, as well as the 10 most popular articles overall. Usage data is gathered […]