In July 2008, ELUNA (Ex Libris Users of North America) met in Long Beach, California for three days of discussion and sharing of expertise. The sunny location and high standard of the agenda attracted over 670 participants – a record for any ELUNA conference. In addition to attendees from North America, Ex Libris users from Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South America traveled to Long Beach to participate in the conference.
Our host for this event was California State University Office of the Chancellor. Their staff dedicated considerable time and effort in ensuring that there was adequate space for users and Ex Libris staff to meet and socialize. Thanks to the relaxed and comfortable setting provided by the University, participants were able to enjoy and learn from each other and the event.
Over ninety concurrent breakout sessions were held on topics ranging from “Expanding the Reach of SFX” to “What’s Next in the Unicode Environment.”
For the first time, Ex Libris provided detailed information on their new planned URM® (Unified Resource Management) framework. Discussion of the upcoming URM generated a great deal of interest, and users took the opportunity to ask questions and offer feedback in both the formal sessions and in the hallways.
In addition to breakout sessions and various plenary sessions, the conference featured numerous product updates, Product Group meetings, Special Interest Group and Regional User Group meetings, as well as 16 poster sessions. For the first time, product Lightening rounds were introduced to the conference in order to allow users to stand up and share their thoughts on new and cutting-edge topics. Our keynote speaker, dana boyd, provided food for thought in her energetic speech on the ways in which people utilize networked social media.
Although the schedule was jam-packed, making it difficult to decide which meetings to attend, there still were plenty of opportunities to socialize. Ex Libris sponsored a wonderful reception in the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, which was enjoyed by all. In addition, the program included sit-down lunches, a formal dinner, and various breaks in between meetings allowed attendees to catch up with old friends as well as meet new people.
The ELUNA Conference could not have taken place without the considerable efforts of the host site coordinators and volunteers, the Program Committee, presenters, moderators and others, who worked tirelessly throughout the year to produce a high quality program of events.
Ex Libris contributed to the conference by providing speakers, staff and general assistance. Many thanks to all those who dedicated so much of their time and expertise.
Ex Libris would also like to thank the California State University Office of the Chancellor for hosting the 2008 Technical Seminar and ELUNA Conference. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting your beautiful city.
ELUNA Conference 2009
We are well advanced in our preparations for ELUNA 2009 to be held 6th to 8th May 2009 in Richmond, Virginia, and preceded by Ex Libris Training on May 4th and 5th. Sharpen your pencils, submit a session proposal and begin to plan your trip. We hope to provide a stimulating program in an area full of history.
By Janet Lute, Chair of ELUNA