Monday June 24, 2019 0 comments
FORT COLLINS -- RapidILL, a provider of document delivery and resource sharing solutions, has been acquired by Jerusalem-based Ex Libris, a ProQuest company.
Developed by staff at Colorado State University (CSU) Libraries, RapidILL's flagship product -- also named RapidILL -- serves more than 330 institutions that benefit from a fast, cost-effective request and delivery service for interlibrary loans.
Under the acquisition, RapidILL will continue to offer its current solutions with support from Ex Libris. At the same time, the two organizations will work together to significantly enrich resource-sharing services for the academic library market.
RapidILL offers users enhanced services at signiﬁcant cost savings by eliminating various fees, expediting processing, making maximum use of the libraries' own print and electronic journal holdings, and reducing the amount of staff time required for processing interlibrary loan requests.
The integration of the RapidILL solution with Ex Libris solutions, including the flagship Ex Libris Alma® library services platform, will enrich services and increase library efficiency and collaboration, the companies said.
The Ex Libris and RapidILL teams will also combine efforts toward a shared vision of an advanced resource-sharing solution based on a user-centric design and workflows, intuitive discovery, and innovative delivery options.
"We are extremely proud of our success with RapidILL resource sharing and are very excited to join forces with Ex Libris," said CSU Dean of Libraries Pat Burns.
"Together, Ex Libris and RapidILL will be able to develop advanced resource-sharing solutions and greatly expand the reach of RapidILL, to the holistic benefit of the library community."
Ex Libris President Bar Veinstein noted, "We are thrilled to welcome the RapidILL user community to Ex Libris, and we are fully committed to the continued success of RapidILL users,” said Bar Veinstein, Ex Libris president.
“This acquisition is an important step in executing our strategy to broaden our higher education offering. RapidILL's solutions complement and enhance our resource-sharing capabilities, and will enable Ex Libris to bring librarians and libraries the world-class tools they need for collaborating, developing their library collections, and focusing on learning affordability and patron experience via better fulfillment."