Libraries Across the University of Wisconsin System Will Begin Migration to Unified Platform in About One Month
Using library resources throughout the University of Wisconsin System is about to get easier. After nearly two years of intensive work, libraries around the system will migrate to a unified library services platform (LSP) in January.
It’s a transition designed to provide for greater user efficiency and collaboration, UW–Madison library officials say, and will mark the first time in UW history that the libraries will operate on a unified system. The LSP migration will begin Jan. 20 and be complete Feb. 9.
The cloud-based service, called Alma [from Ex Libris], is intended to enhance the discovery and sharing of resources available to all UW System libraries, while reducing the duplication of efforts.
“The system-wide transition to Alma is an investment in library technology that positions us to work in collaboration with partners across the UW System and beyond,” says Lee Konrad, associate university librarian for technology strategy and data services. “These capabilities are critical to both sustaining and advancing the work of a 21st century research library.”
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.