Orbis Cascade Alliance and Ex Libris Complete Implementation of a Shared Resource Management and Discovery System Culmination of a two-year effort to replace local systems
Eugene, OR and Chicago, IL—January 22, 2015
The Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 37 North American academic institutions known for innovative collaboration, and Ex Libris Group, a global leader in library automation services, are pleased to announce completion of a two-year effort to migrate Alliance members to a shared, next-generation library management and discovery solution. Alliance member libraries have migrated from 37 locally hosted systems comprised of four discovery and three ILS platforms to shared use of the cloud-based Alma unified resource management solution and Primo discovery solution. Working in partnership, the Alliance and Ex Libris each played critical roles in managing the complex migration of four cohorts comprised of 6-11 libraries, each cohort migrating over a six-month period. Beyond migration, the Alliance and Ex Libris worked in partnership to create a new resource sharing solution and to develop consortial functionality that will allow Alliance member libraries to build on their 20-year history of shared work.
“This is truly a collaborative project that could not have happened without the support of everyone across the Alliance. Dozens of member library staff across the northwest U.S. have been in near-constant contact with Ex Libris colleagues based in Chicago, Boston, and Jerusalem,” stated Jane Carlin, chair of the Alliance and library director at the University of Puget Sound. “We now share a system and there are so many possibilities for service, training, workflow and product knowledge and development.”