Systems Department

last modified 2019-02-20T11:53:17-04:00

Alma/Primo Announcement

The leadership of the Law, Medical, and University Libraries are pleased to announce that we have concluded negotiations and signed an agreement with Ex Libris to migrate our library management and discovery services from Innovative Interfaces' Sierra and EBSCO's EDS to Ex Libris's Alma and Primo.

We see this as an opportunity for the three Mercer libraries to work more closely together with each other as we utilize the premier academic library services platform to provide the best possible services to our scholarly community. We are impressed with the Alma and Primo features, which reflect a forward-looking view of the scholarly publishing marketplace. The Alma user community, particularly in our geographic area, was a major driver for us, as we will be able to engage in resource sharing with other Georgia institutions, including the University System of Georgia. Ex Libris has a long history of focused service to the academic library community — the Alma and Primo products have excellent collaborative features, and we hope to take advantage of those features given the number of Alma libraries in our region and over 1,600 worldwide.

For many years, Mercer has used separate automation systems in its Law, Medical, and University Libraries. We have been collaborating more extensively over the past few years and while each library will maintain autonomy, we believe bringing our library service platforms together makes great sense. This implementation of Alma and Primo will be a significant leap forward. We believe this is a wise strategic investment that will help the libraries support Mercer's research agenda for many years to come.

Significant benefits of the Alma/Primo system include:

  • General savings in annual licensing fees
  • Elimination of hardware maintenance and expenses
  • Workflow efficiencies
  • Timely updates and fixes
  • Access to many more resources for students through Primo
  • Unified environment for print and electronic workflows
  • Coupling of library management services and discovery
  • Outstanding analytics and financial tracking
  • Built-in resource sharing with other Alma libraries

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