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Ex Libris Announces Availability of Primo

Ex Libris Group ( announced that its Primo unified solution for the discovery and delivery of library resources, regardless of format and location, is now in general release. It aggregates locally held collections of various types—print, digital, and electronic—which may include the library catalog, digital repositories, course management systems, and remote resources such as abstracting-and-indexing databases and ejournal collections. Out of the box, Primo integrates with various library systems such as the Ex Libris ALEPH 500 and Voyager systems and the SirsiDynix Unicorn system.

Primo provides various linguistic capabilities and, when relevant, suggests alternative search terms—helping users focus on the most appropriate results. Delivery options complete the discovery process. The Primo system displays an availability statement for each result along with a "get it" button that links the user to the most appropriate service for the specific context. The Primo user experience incorporates multiple elements adhering to Web 2.0 concepts, such as social computing features, including tags, ratings, and reviews that members of an institution’s user community can share with each other or with communities in other institutions.

Primo, like the other Ex Libris products, was developed in collaboration with customers. Primo’s development partners—the libraries at Vanderbilt University and the University of Minnesota—were brought on board during the earliest stages of the system’s design.

Source: Ex Libris Group

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