Fifty-five PASCAL libraries have successfully migrated to a shared library services platform that will improve the research experience for students and faculty, streamline the management of print and digital collections, and improve resource sharing between libraries. Participating libraries have replaced a variety of older systems with the Ex Libris Alma system and Primo VE discovery solution. The statewide, next generation platform expands collaborative efforts among PASCAL libraries and support key elements of PASCAL’s strategic agenda.
Ex Libris was awarded the contract for a Shared Library Services Platform in July 2018. Documents related to the award may be viewed on the Division of Procurement Services website. Read the Ex Libris press release.
Read our FAQ about the shared system.
How will the shared library services platform help PASCAL libraries?
Improved functionality for library staff | The modern library services platform integrates and streamlines the management of print and digital collections, resource-sharing between libraries, and provides a search interface for users.
Improved discovery & access | The shared system includes a discovery solution – a single, intuitive search interface for print and digital resources. This powerful and customizable search interface will allow all SC students and faculty to quickly find resources on their own campus and those available through the PASCAL community.
Collaborative collection development | The shared system allows PASCAL libraries to easily collaborate on collection management and development, resulting in a more comprehensive and diverse statewide research collection.
Streamlined management of electronic resources | An integrated e-resource management (ERM) tool allows local libraries to better manage e-resource workflows. PASCAL staff will be able to enter data and manage PASCAL provided e-resources for all members, reducing the work at local institutions.
Seamless access across institutions | Transfer students, faculty working and studying at multiple institutions, and distance education learners who access resources from more than one institution will no longer encounter a different search interface at each institution, meaning less frustration allowing for more focus on their research.
Improved information literacy & user instruction | With a common interface across institutions, PASCAL libraries can collaborate on instructional tools that can be used statewide.
Powerful analytic tools | Improved assessment tools provide insight into usage of resources, enabling libraries to better meet the needs of their patrons.
Efficiencies | Funding for implementation of the system was provided by the South Carolina General Assembly, enabling participating member libraries to move to this comprehensive modern platform. Overall, ongoing operational costs are significantly lower than what institutions had been paying for their stand-alone systems. FY20-21 operating costs are funded by both the General Assembly and participating PASCAL member institutions.