With this new collaboration, libraries will increase the use of their electronic and print collections.
Lean Library, a SAGE Publishing company, is pleased to announce its partnership with Ex Libris, a ProQuest company and the provider of the Ex Libris Primo® and Summon® library discovery services. The Lean Library–Ex Libris collaboration enables users to query their library’s Primo or Summon service from wherever they start their search online, on sites such as Google, Google Scholar or Wikipedia. For example, when a patron is using Google Scholar to search for content, the Lean Library browser extension enables them to surface relevant results from their library’s instance of Primo or Summon, directly alongside the Google Scholar results.
Lindsay Roberts, Library Team Leader at Cardiff University, said: “We signed up to Lean Library Futures recently as a development partner and are excited to work with them on initiatives like this, that bring the library resources we’ve invested in into our patrons’ workflow for greater discoverability and convenience. This latest integration with Ex Libris has exciting potential to improve the quality and efficacy of our patron’s discovery process. It will enable us to surface our library search and collection wherever patrons are beginning their discovery process, increasing the usage of our collection, including print, and helping improve the accuracy of patron search.”
Matt Hayes, Managing Director of Lean Library, said: “We are very proud of this new integration with Ex Libris, giving library patrons access to the best-in-class tools offered by their library, where they want it. It brings the precision search and curated browsing of the library into the convenience of open discovery tools like Google. We believe this helps reinforce the value of library search services, driving their usage and increasing the impact the library has on patron outcomes.”
“The Lean Library–Ex Libris partnership enables libraries to use Primo and Summon search services to meet patrons at their point of need while creating a new path to promote the discovery of library resources,” added Ex Libris Corporate Vice President of Discovery & Delivery Solutions Guy Ben-Porat. “Our collaboration with Lean Library helps libraries further expose their valuable resources, increase patron interactions, and enhance the library’s role in the research process.”
The Lean Library–Ex Libris integration will be available to Primo and Summon customers using the new Lean Library Futures service.
An ELUNA (Ex Libris Users of North America) Learns presentation highlighting the Ex Libris and Lean Library collaboration will be given today, Wednesday July 21, at 1:50 – 2:30 pm eastern daylight time, and will feature representatives from Cardiff University and Lean Library.
Figure 1: Ex Libris Primo embedded on Google Scholar
Lean Library, a SAGE Publishing company, provides software solutions to the library community, bringing the power of the library into the patron’s workflow, wherever they may be, using their browser extension. Their products include an access solution, Lean Library Access, and an advanced patron workflow service, Lean Library Futures.
Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is a leading global provider of cloud-based SaaS solutions that enable institutions and their individual users to create, manage, and share knowledge. In close collaboration with its customers and the broader community, Ex Libris develops innovative solutions that increase library productivity, maximize the impact of research activities, enhance teaching and learning, and drive student mobile engagement. Ex Libris serves over 7,500 customers in 90 countries. For more information, see our website and join us on LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.