Challenges to Integrated Research Management

Adi Alter and Eddie Neuwirth, Ex Libris The following is the first in a series of blog posts exploring the difficulties involved in research management and some possible solutions. Academia is both the incubator and the home of research. Needless to say, this is a truly complicated calling. The success of the research process is naturally dependent on the quality of the data available, its breadth and comprehensiveness, and the tools used to manage it. This […]

On or Off? Mobile Devices in the Classroom

Matthew Sherlock, Product Director, Ex Libris Mobile Campus Solutions Since mobile phones and devices stormed their way onto the market, there have been diametrically opposed opinions as to whether they should or should not be used in the classroom. Does having these devices in a teaching environment increase distraction or enhance discovery? As with many things in life, the answer is probably a mixture of both. Perhaps the question is less “Should phones be allowed […]

Let’s Get Personal – Mobile App Retention

Matthew Sherlock, Product Director, Ex Libris Mobile Campus Solutions You’ve worked hard on getting your campus app up and running, and your students have even started using it. That’s an important milestone, but your next challenge is to make sure that the app continues to be used – that it becomes the focal point for your students and a reliable and much-loved way for you to engage with your campus community. This may not be […]

Choose Your Own Discovery Adventure

Andrew French, Ex Libris Did you know that several customers in the Ex Libris community built their discovery systems from scratch? It’s true. For example, The University of South Australia decided to build their own discovery system—attached to Alma—and it’s live in production today. University of Wisconsin at Madison also built an open source discovery interface over Alma. This has provided their students with Linked Open Data records and accompanying URIs. At the same time, […]

A New Year: New Beginnings and a New Website

We at Ex Libris are proud to announce the launching of our new website. We hope you enjoy the fresh design as well as all the new information and product materials that you will be able to access from the website. Be sure to check out the new Demo Center for an at-a-glance view of our solutions, and discover new resources, including papers, videos, brochures, articles, and more on our various products and services pages. […]

Mobile Mashups — Meeting the Digital Integration Challenge

Tweet Matthew Sherlock, Product Director – Campus Solutions, Ex Libris Universities are complex places. With numerous departments servicing different user groups across multiple campuses and even countries, data flows across systems constantly so that end users can receive the services that they need. Users don’t want to feel like they are moving between different interfaces. They don’t care about what the back end systems is – they simply want to access services in an intuitive […]

The Library’s Buzz: Open Access and Net Neutrality

Tweet Dani Guzman, Ex Libris The impact of open access publications is of growing interest to academic libraries and higher education in general. That’s why we recently decided to look to Singapore, Africa and Europe for some insights. A broader hot button issue, primarily in the United States, is “net neutrality.” Does it pose a risk for academia? A recent conference on education asked that very question. These two technology-driven issues are just two of […]

Announcing Ex Libris Academy, with Alma Administration Certification!

Tweet As our community grows, more and more people have asked for on-demand product training. That is why we are excited to announce the launch of our new Ex Libris Academy, our 24/7, self-service platform for Ex Libris product certification programs! The first program available is Alma Administration Certification, and as we move forward we will continue to introduce new and exciting learning opportunities on the new platform. The new platform includes: A simplified self-registration process […]

Celebrating International Digital Preservation Day with the Rosetta Community

Tweet International Digital Preservation Day is here, and we celebrated at Ex Libris with a “Rosetta Day,” presenting the importance of preservation and celebrating Rosetta’s 10th anniversary.   While our get-together was fun, it is the Rosetta community that truly shines on International Digital Preservation Day. Rosetta Community Guides to Digital Preservation In honor of International Digital Preservation Day, members of the Rosetta community have put together important resources for learning about digital preservation, in […]

Is It All in the Game? Gamification in Higher Education

Tweet Matthew Sherlock, Product Director – Campus Solutions, Ex Libris The concept of gamification is not a new one. In the 1890’s, loyalty stamps rewarded people for sticking with a particular brand, and in the early 1980’s, hotels and airlines brought in their own loyalty programs. Nevertheless, the term itself did not appear until the start of this millennium, when Nick Pelling coined the term to promote using a game-like user interface for electronic devices […]

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