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New Library Management System – update

By Margaret Stone, on 29 January 2018

As you will remember, we recently began the project to procure and implement a new Library Management System to replace Aleph and SFX, as a core deliverable of the Library Strategy 2015-2018.

We are delighted to announce that the contract has now been signed for the replacement solution, Alma, the new-generation cloud based service from Ex Libris.

The new application is expected to bring many benefits for Library Services staff such as:

  • Enhanced staff user experience
  • Streamlined cross system workflows and processes. This will improve efficiency and reduce the time currently spent managing information in multiple systems
  • Opportunities to enhance our services to students and other library users, through analytical tools and through interfaces with other services in UCL and beyond

The new system is expected to go live by the end of August 2018.

The project to design and implement the new system is a collaboration with ISD.  A project board (chaired by Martin Moyle), project team (from ISD), and a core implementation team in Library Services have been appointed and will be working closely together to ensure a smooth transition onto the new system.  All teams will be trained and supported, and opportunity for feedback will be provided throughout the process.

We intend to release frequent communications to keep you informed on the progress of the project and a project mailbox has been set up, to which you can send any questions you might have: isd.lmsproject@ucl.ac.uk

Thank you in advance for your efforts and support on this exciting project.

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