University of Texas at Arlington

UTA Libraries Launches Cloud-Based Library Services System to Improve Research and Learning Experiences

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UTA Libraries Launches Cloud-Based Library Services System to Improve Research and Learning Experiences

As part of ongoing efforts to create extraordinary access and user experiences for students, faculty, and guests, the UTA Libraries is upgrading its automated systems to improve information discovery and research.   

 

The new Ex Libris Alma library services platform replaces the 20-year-old Voyager library system. Along with the Libraries’ existing Summon discovery service, also from Ex Libris, it will support new workflows that streamline processes and ensure UTA library patrons always receive the service they need. The final switchover will begin on November 21 when the Libraries close for the Thanksgiving holiday. Between then and the final launch date on November 27, an offline circulation tool will be used.   

 

We expect no disruption in service, but, as with any major system migration, unanticipated issues may arise. If you have any questions, please ask at a service point in any library, or call, text, email, or chat with us at ask.uta.edu. After December 6, the Classic Catalog (pulse.uta.edu) will no longer be available. If you have any saved reading lists or searches that you wish to keep, please save them in a document for later use.  

 

In addition to providing a major boost to the Libraries’ internal systems, from acquisitions and purchasing to inventory control, the Alma system will provide faculty and students with several features, including:  

 

  • Virtually browse shelves by call number, title, or subject.  

  • Log in to renew books, view search history, place holds and requests, and more.  

  • View real-time availability of items and loan terms that are specific to your status. 

  • Easily generate citations for articles and books and export them into tools such as RefWorks or EndNote.  

  • Get convenient access to course reserve materials.

  • Provides the groundwork for future enhancements, such as self-checkout, for even faster service.  

 

Ex Libris is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions that enable institutions and their individual users to create, manage, and share knowledge. Rebecca Bichel, Dean of UTA Libraries, looks forward to leveraging the state-of-the-art Alma and Summon systems along with the expertise of librarians in vetting information resources for academic use. As she explains it, “We are continually enhancing our systems to ensure that UTA faculty, students and staff have seamless access to scholarly content. The adoption of Alma will enable services such as emailed due dates, future implementation of self-checkout, and will integrate well with Canvas, UTA's forthcoming Learning Management System.  Cloud-based Alma is the right solution for a model 21st century research university.”