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Libraries, the Heart of Research Universities

UAB's libraries provide access to a vast array of rich and diverse scholarly resources that inform intellectual, cultural, social and economic transformation. They also offer the essential expertise to support excellence in education, research, patient care and community outreach that collectively advance the success and impact of the university, says UAB Libraries Dean John M. Meador Jr.

Big changes have been made and more are coming since Meador began his work at UAB in August 2014 and set priorities as part of the campuswide strategic planning process. Among his primary goals were to merge the libraries, add content, acquire and install a new catalog, add seamless cloud-based single search capability, and introduce campuswide digital asset management. Priorities also include increased access to resources and more support for distance and international students and researchers.

UAB Libraries has also increased the amount of available scholarly resources to benefit all members of the campus. Meador reinstated UAB's subscription to Elsevier in January, after its 2010 discontinuance. Elsevier is a major publisher of science, technology, engineering and mathematics literature, and a world-leading provider that produces and controls 25 percent of the world's science, technology, engineering and math literature. It publishes more than 2,500 journals and more than 33,000 book titles.

UAB also needed systems to integrate the operations and processes of the two independent libraries under a single technology platform. From Ex Libris Group, UAB Libraries just finalized the adoption of the Alma library management service, the Primo discovery and delivery solution, and the Rosetta digital asset management and preservation system. The unified Alma workflow will provide a firm foundation for this merger, and the Primo interface will support users who seek items from both libraries. Rosetta's digital asset infrastructure will preserve digital resources at both libraries and keep such resources accessible for future generations.

This news item has been excerpted from an article by Shannon Thomason appearing in UAB News.