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Been wondering about the new Orbis Cascade System?

Selecting a Shared 21st Century Management System

This paper describes the factors that led the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a 37 institution academic library con-sortium in the Pacific Northwest, to move to a shared library management system. The steps that the Al-liance and its 37 member libraries took over a period of years are summarized, including the work of sev-eral research and planning groups and a formal Request for Information process. A subsequent Request for Proposal (RFP) process ended in the selection of Ex Libris Alma management system and Primo discovery services for Alliance libraries. The paper also describes the Alliance’s vision for the shared library management system, including collaborative technical services and cooperative collection development. Read the article

Major Consortium Union Catalog announced

Orbis Cascade Alliance Selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo

Alliance members will replace the separate library systems of 37 institutions with shared, next-generation library management and discovery solutions from Ex Libris

Chicago, IL, and Eugene, OR—October 9, 2012

Ex Libris® Group, a global leader in library automation services, and the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 37 North American academic institutions known for innovative collaboration, are pleased to announce that the Alliance will implement the Ex Libris Alma unified resource management solution and Primo® discovery solution.

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Collaboration Model – Open Access Digitized Books

Tens of Thousands of Open Access Digitized BooksNow Available Through the Prospector Catalog


Library users in Colorado and Wyoming now have access to tens of thousands of additional open-access digitized books and serials through the Prospector Library Catalog ( The digitized items originate from the University of Michigan, a partner in the Google Books digitization project and a member of a consortium of libraries called Hathi Trust. Last year the University of Michigan made available bibliographic records for many of the out-of-copyright titles that Google digitized from its collections. The University then made available online files for each of the digitized works.


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