The University of Wolverhampton is investing £1.6 million in a new Digital Library Platform - making significant improvements to its learning resources.
The investment will ensure that students have improved access to the print and electronic resources they need to support their studies.
As part of the investment, Ex Libris - a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for higher education that helps institutions improve library impact, research outcomes, and student engagement - has been awarded the contract to deliver key elements of the Digital Library Platform, including their state of the art Alma® Library Services Platform and Primo®Discovery solutions.
Ex-Libris will also supply their Resource List Solution (LEGANTO). LEGANTO will be integrated with the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and student portal to improve pathways to course reading. There is also a plan to implement Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to improve self-service of printed materials, streamline library tasks and enable extended library opening times.
James Anthony-Edwards, Directorate of Academic Support at the University, said: “We have listened to student feedback on the learning resources that we provide and our new Digital Library Platform will lead to major improvements in resources and the student experience.
“Not only will this benefit all students and staff, it will make the library service more efficient. Currently we spend £1.7 million on books and journals every year and it is important that we are investing this in the resources that students, staff and researchers at the University really need.
“The new library platform will allow us to be much more responsive to demand and provide us with data to understand library use and ensure that investment is being targeted as effectively as possible. By providing a state-of-the-art cloud based Library Platform, students will be able to access the most recent and relevant reading material easily and ultimately will provide students with a responsive library service which recognises the need to constantly adapt to changing learning, teaching and research practices.”
Ofer Mosseri, General Manager and Vice President of Ex Libris Europe, said: “We are delighted that the University of Wolverhampton has selected Alma, Primo and Leganto for this important project. Our solutions will help the library services team to make even more significant contributions to the University of Wolverhampton’s priorities in teaching, learning and research.”
The Digital Library Project is underway. Alma, Primo and RFID will be in place by the 2018/19 Academic year with Leganto to follow in 2019/2020 Academic year.
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