The National Library of Poland and the Department of State Patronage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage agreed to the request of the AGH University Main Library for funding the introduction of the Alma library system and the Primo search tool as part of the OMNIS 2 programme. The system will be fully implemented in the AGH University Main Library and all faculty libraries. Working in the new system will ensure the improvement of accessibility of scientific resources for academic staff and the AGH University students but also better visibility of the AGH University library collections in Poland and in the world.
The Alma system by Exlibris – part of Clarivate is a new generation library system based on cloud Multitenant SaaS. The Alma library system and the Primo search tool are not installed on servers of specific libraries; instead, the data is stored on servers belonging to Ex Libris, the developer of Alma, with the use of cloud computing. The system is focused on processes rather than on the type of documents, and, as a result, the resources can be managed more effectively, regardless of the type of materials, whether they are traditional, born digital, or digitalised. Resources of each institution in the system will be co-catalogued with the National Library. This means that they will be visible in the National Library common catalogue but also in the catalogues of other Polish libraries which are part of the National Library Network (OSB).
Since its development, the Alma system has been introduced in more than 3000 institutions in the entire world, 50 consortiums, and 30 countries. Among foreign institutions which have already implemented the system are: the University of Cambridge, Harvard University, Boston College, and Princeton University Library, whereas in Poland, the system has been used with success by: The National Library of Poland, Jagiellonian Library, UMCS Library, the University of Warsaw Library, Library of Warsaw School of Economics, as well as libraries of Wrocław University of Science and Technology, University of Opole, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, and many others.
The end of the system implementation process in the AGH University Main Library has been planned for November 2024. The costs of introducing the system are incurred by the National Library.
The list of libraries participating in the National Library Network (OSB), which will introduce the Alma system and the Primo search tool, was accepted by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in May 2023.
The full title of the OMNIS 2 programme is “National Reading Development Programme 2.0 for 2021–2025,” Intervention Direction 1.2. Building a nationwide library network by means of an integrated library resources management system.
Funded from the resources of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage as part of the implementation of the National Reading Development Programme 2.0 for 2021–2025