Q. Why is CSUDH switching to a new library system?
In 2015, the California State University system contracted with Ex Libris, a provider of library software,
as the next-generation system for library resource management for all 23 campuses in the CSU. The
project to migrate all CSUs to the same library software is known as the Unified Library Management
System (ULMS). Our migration to Ex Libris’ Alma and Primo systems will be completed in June 2017.
Our current library software system is aging, and was not originally designed for today’s digital information architecture. Our new system will enable us to process ebooks and other electronic resources more effectively, analyze our collections in new ways, build useful integrations with Blackboard, work more collaboratively with other CSU libraries, and save money. Gerry Hanley, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Technology Services at the CSU Office of the Chancellor, maintains that the system "will enable the collective expertise of CSU library faculty and staff to build greater library capabilities at more affordable costs."