University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Selects Ex Libris Alma

The university library is replacing multiple systems with Alma to streamline operations and provide insightful analytics

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Ex Libris® Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT), has selected the Ex Libris Alma library management solution. Keen to promote its vision for innovative library services, UT is adding Alma to the university libraries' implementation of the Ex Libris Primo® solution for unified discovery.

Having used the Ex Libris Aleph integrated library system for many years, the UT Libraries conducted an extensive evaluation of Alma, as well as other commercial options. Alma was the clear choice to provide a library management service

that would transform library operations and consolidate numerous applications into a single, unified platform. As a cloud-based solution, Alma will reduce the time that library staff members spend on technical tasks, further contributing to the efficiencies delivered by the Alma unified workflows for print and electronic resources.

"Alma's cloud-hosted environment and automated workflows will streamline our operations and save a lot of staff time and duplication of effort," commented Dr. Steven Escar Smith, professor and dean of libraries. "Adopting Alma will allow us to eliminate many stand-alone processes running on local servers. We also look forward to Alma's more comprehensive analytics to inform our acquisitions decisions and better meet our users' needs."

Mark Triest, president of Ex Libris North America, remarked: "We are delighted to welcome the University of Tennessee's flagship campus to the rapidly growing Alma community, which now numbers 330 institutions. Having seen Alma in operation at many institutions, I am looking forward to watching UT experience similar benefits, for both librarians and users. The Ex Libris approach of offering libraries unified resource management along with unified discovery is proving successful at academic and research libraries throughout North America and worldwide."

About the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is Tennessee's land-grant institution and the flagship campus of the state university system. UT Knoxville has a current enrollment of more than 27,000 students (approximately 21,000 undergraduates and 6,000 graduates) in its 11 colleges and over 300 degree programs.

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