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Mauro Guerrini

Expert Advisory Group Makes Its Recommendations for Open Data in Alma

*The group embraces the goal of open access for the Alma Community 
Catalog of bibliographic records***


*Jerusalem, Israel---January 19, 2012.*Ex Libris^® Group, a world leader 
in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce 
that the international group of renowned library experts who convened to 
advise Ex Libris on the Community Catalog of the Alma library management 
service has concluded the first phase of its work. Part of the Alma 
Community Zone, the Community Catalog comprises metadata records shared 
by libraries that are using the Alma library management service. The 
purpose of the Community Catalog is to streamline resource-management 
processes, including selection, acquisitions, cataloging, and fulfillment.

The group's recommendations were governed by the principle that all 
records contributed to the Community Catalog should be open and that 
members should be able to share, copy, edit, and redistribute records 
that are linked to the library's inventory. Owned jointly by the 
community, the Community Catalog will also enable libraries to 
contribute records to external systems, such as Ex Libris Primo^® , or 
other discovery environments. Alma's early adopters and development 
partners had an opportunity to review the recommendations during the 
group's deliberations.

The group's recommendations focus on the rights and responsibilities of 
the Community Catalog members to ensure that the records they contribute 
will be available for other members' use. Furthermore, the 
recommendations specify the mandate of Ex Libris to provide clear 
documentation of these rights and responsibilities.  Ex Libris has 
agreed to work with the community, which will be largely self-governed, 
to establish any necessary dispute-resolution practices.

Karen Coyle, an independent consultant and cataloging expert who is a 
member of the advisory group, commented: "Establishing clear frameworks 
to disseminate library data is of immense importance to library 
professionals. I applaud Ex Libris for consulting with this diverse and 
knowledgeable group and actively listening to the group's advice."

"The ecosystem for library metadata is rapidly evolving," remarked 
advisory-group member Jennifer Younger, chair of the board of directors 
at the Catholic Research Resources Alliance, an association of Catholic 
colleges and universities that make their resources available 
electronically to library professionals and the general public. "Open 
metadata is increasingly of interest to the library industry, as huge 
volumes of content are made available through the Web. This trend 
coincides with libraries' growing interest in streamlining workflows for 
acquiring and managing resources to enhance efficiency. Opening access 
to metadata as early in the life cycle as possible enables this 
efficiency to be more easily and cooperatively achieved."

"It has been a privilege to work with the advisory group's dedicated and 
passionate experts from the field of bibliographic data," noted Susan 
Stearns, vice president of strategic partnerships at Ex Libris. "By 
helping create the governing principles of the Community Zone, this 
group has paved the way for Ex Libris to establish a truly open and 
shared foundation of data on which to build services."

The members of the advisory group are as follows:

·Paul Ayris, Director of UCL Library Services and UCL Copyright Officer 
at University College London; President of LIBER (Association of 
European Research Libraries) (UK)

·Diane Baden, Head of Monographic Services at O'Neill Library, Boston 
College (US)

·Pascal Calarco, Associate University Librarian, Discovery and Digital 
Services, at the University of Waterloo and representing the 
TriUniversityGroup of Libraries (TUG) (Canada)

·Karen Coyle, Consultant (US)

·Kurt De Belder, University Librarian at Leiden University (the Netherlands)

·Mauro Guerrini, at the University of Florence (Italy)

·Ben Showers, Program Manager, Digital Library Infrastructure, at the 
Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) (UK)

·Barbara Tillett, Chief of the Policy and Standards Division, 
Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, at the Library of 
Congress (US)

·Katharine Treptow Farrell, Head, Order Division, and Assistant 
University Librarian for Technical Services, at Princeton University 
Library (US)

·Andrew Wells, University Librarian at the University of New South Wales 

·Jennifer A. Younger, Chair of the Board of Directors, Catholic Research 
Resources Alliance (US and Canada)

As Alma moves into production in 2012, Ex Libris plans to extend this 
work by forming a separate group, which will develop and document 
cataloging standards and policies for Alma regarding operational issues 
such as content standards and quality control.

*About Alma*

By consolidating the disparate systems used by today's libraries to 
manage electronic, print, and digital resources, the Ex Libris Alma 
library management service accelerates libraries' move toward 
next-generation operations. Alma's cloud infrastructure helps libraries 
increase their efficiency through collaboration and the sharing of data. 
As a result, libraries can focus their resources on extending services 
within and outside their institution while supporting the institution's 
teaching and research missions.

*About Ex Libris*

Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic 
libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, 
digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, 
user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will 
facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an 
impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 
80 countries on six continents.

Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with 
customers, Ex Libris enables academic, national, and research libraries 
to maximize productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly 
enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain 
the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge 
to knowledge.

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