Four Institutions Join the Early-Adopter Program in Italy

These leading institutions will become the first in Italy to migrate to next-generation library management services from Ex Libris

Sasso Marconi (BO), (PresseBox) - Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce the launch of the Italian early-adopter program for the Alma library management service. Designed as a regional early-adopter program, the program will facilitate collaboration between Ex Libris and the program members during their adoption of the company's next-generation library services. Today Ex Libris reveals the four institutions that it will collaborate with to pave the way for Alma in Italy, creating the first installations of this next generation solution.

The four institutions that have joined the program are:

- University of Rome Tor Vergata
- Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa
- University of Udine
- University of Camerino

Ms Maria Teresa De Gregori, project coordinator at The University of Rome Tor Vergata said: "Tor Vergata has chosen Alma for the management of information resources and the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Together, these solutions will allow us to reorganize our internal processes and services and, thanks to being cloud-based solutions, to free up staff to focus on other critical areas."

Clementina Fraticelli, head of Library Systems at the University of Camerino, said "The University welcomes the move to join the Italian Alma Early Adopters program. We are sure that we have made ​​a decision that aligns with the strategic objectives of our university, which considers technological innovation to be a key instrument of change."

"We are delighted to be launching this collaboration program supported by the strategic vision of these academic institutions," said Liliana Morotti, General Manager of Ex Libris Italy. "Italy is leading the way for many other countries in Europe and around the world that have a growing interest in Alma's unified approach to the management of library services. In this endeavor Italian universities are joining their counterparts in technically advanced countries such as United States, England, Germany, Norway and Australia. We are very excited to begin collaborating with the Universities of Rome Tor Vergata, Udine, and Camerino, together with the Scuola Normale Superiore, to define the capabilities that Alma needs to meet the specific needs of Italian libraries. These institutions-the first to use Alma with UNIMARC-join a rapidly growing Alma community, which now numbers over 330 institutions."

About University Tor Vergata

Modelled on Anglo-Saxon university campuses, the Tor Vergata University of Rome opened its doors in 1982. The campus spreads across 600 hectares of land which are occupied by major research institutions, such as CNR and ASI - Italian Space Agency, and by the Nicola Cabibbo Laboratory that isthe new international centre for fundamental and applied physics (supported by the National Institute of Nuclear Physics and the Tor Vergata University of Rome for the creation of the Super B accelerator). Thanks to other research centres that are close by, such as ENEA, ESA - ESRIN, the National Institute of Astrophysics, the Observatory of Monte Porzio Catone and the National Institute of Nuclear Physics, Tor Vergata is part of one of the most dynamic networks in the country.

Today, Tor Vergata offers 112 degree programmes (undergraduate, master and single-cycle) including 10 entirely in English. Additionally it participates in international projects and promotes research in an interdisciplinary environment. The University also works with businesses and provides support to launch and grow companies that come from the world of research to help them to develop innovative products.

For more information http://web.uniroma2.it/home.php

About the University of Camerino

Today the University of Camerino represents one of the most interesting and innovative Italian academic institutions. Credit for this partly goes to the force and momentum granted by its rich history of almost 700 years which makes it one of the oldest universities in Italy. Bolstered by a strong scientific and cultural tradition, the University of Camerino has five schools: architecture, life sciences and veterinary medicine, pharmacy, law and science, and technology. The University of Camerino has always been committed to developing differentiated and up-to-date teaching, with highly innovative technologies applied to teaching.

For more information see www.unicam.it

Ex Libris (Deutschland) GmbH

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 80 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.

For more information about Ex Libris Group, see our website, join us on Facebook, view our videos, and follow our Twitter page.

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