The Ex Libris track record in library consortia and the strong Alma offering of consortial features were major factors in the consortium’s decision. In addition, as a cloud-based platform, Alma with Primo will spare Minnesota librarians the burden of carrying out time-consuming tasks. With the solid architecture and strong security practices of the Alma service, all MnPALS libraries will benefit from high availability and robust data protection.
Johnna Horton, director of Library/Media Services at South Central College in Mankato, Minnesota, commented, “After an intensive examination of available software, our consortium members chose Ex Libris Alma, largely because the library services software integrates so smoothly with the Primo discovery service. This integration allows our library staff members to serve our patrons in a more streamlined manner, to offer them the robust functionality expected for current research needs, and to enable each consortium member to create a discovery interface that best meets the needs of its user community.”
“Ex Libris is looking forward to working closely with the MnPALS libraries,” said Eric Hines, president of Ex Libris North America. “We are a long-standing provider of library solutions to many of the institutions represented in this consortium and are eager to help this group collaborate and thrive.”
MnPALS is a program of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State. Initiated at Mankato State University in 1978, the program was a Minnesota State University System undertaking and adopted the name PALS, originally an acronym for Project for Automated Library Systems.
MnPALS now serves all of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Services are also provided to private college and university libraries, state government libraries, public libraries, school libraries, and special libraries, totaling more than 60 organizations. MnPALS oversees a myriad of services to support higher education all across the state of Minnesota.
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