Waseda and Keio Start Sharing Next-Generation Library System
September 3, 2019
Waseda University Keio University
On September 2, Waseda University and Keio University Media Center (Library) launched a new library system successfully. This is the first case among the academic libraries in Japan to share and operate the same library system.
The library services solutions Waseda and Keio have opted for were the Alma platform and the Primo VE search interface, both products from the Ex Libris Group.
Alma is a cloud-based library services platform which comprehensively manages electronic information regarding books as well as magazines and e-journals institutions are subscribed to. As of May 2019, it is used by over 1,600 institutions in 38 countries. Primo VE allows library users to easily access all resources, including books in collections, subscribed journals, and past theses.
Both Alma and Primo VE have been implemented at prestigious universities worldwide, such as University of Cambridge and Harvard University. Waseda and Keio will be the first in Japan.