from the March 2008 issue

British Library adopts more Ex Libris technology

The British Library and the University of Auckland, New Zealand, joined the nearly 100 libraries and universities that offer patrons Ex Libris's Primo interface, to their entire library collection. Other institutions that have adopted Primo technology include Vanderbilt University, the Royal Library of Denmark, the University of Minnesota, the University of Bridgeport, and the University of Iowa. Primo offers a unified solution for the discovery and delivery of all library resources, regardless of format and location. It allows quick and effective searching and retrieval.

The British Library, a long-time Ex Libris customer running the Aleph integrated library system, the SFX context-sensitive link server, and the DigiTool digital asset management system, chose Primo to provide patrons with access to the library catalog through a user-centric interface that adheres to Web 2.0 concepts.

"Primo provides us with a greatly improved catalogue interface and allows us to collaborate more closely with our users, explained Roger Butcher, Primo project manager at the British Library. It will also help us increase the exposure of our other collections such as recorded sound and manuscripts.

Janet Copsey, university librarian at the University of Auckland, explained "Primo will enable the library to improve access to all its print, electronic, audio, and video resources by reintegrating these increasingly fragmented collections into a Web 2.0 environment that will engage our users."

Reprinted from the Israel High-Tech & Investment Report March 2008

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