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The 2008 Technical Seminar Rocked in Long Beach

What do sunshine, earthquakes, and metadata have in common? They all contributed to the excitement and success of the Ex Libris Technical Seminar in Long Beach, California on July 27-29, 2008.

More than 260 Ex Libris customers came from all over the world – Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, United States, New Zealand, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, and Brazil – to attend the three-day comprehensive educational and training program held prior to the 2008 ELUNA (Ex Libris Users of North America) Conference. Among the seminar attendees were librarians working in direct staff positions in public and technical services, as well as systems librarians and programmers involved in integrating Ex Libris products into their institutional environments.

Featured in the program were both technical and general sessions covering all Ex Libris solutions. The nine technical training courses included Aleph®  and Voyager®  integrated library system certifications and refresher courses on the MetaLib®  gateway and metasearch engine, the SFX®  OpenURL link resolver, and the Verde®  electronic resource management system. Five parallel tracks for Aleph, Voyager, SFX/Verde, MetaLib, and DigiTool/Primo were comprised of sixty sessions on a huge range of topics.  As the training courses and track sessions were taught by Ex Libris developers, product managers, and global support staff, attendees benefited from the most up-to-date, expert information. 

“Sending several people from our libraries to the Ex Libris Technical Seminar this summer was a worthwhile investment,” commented Thomas Wilson, associate dean for library technology, University of Alabama. “The in-depth knowledge gained from the presentations and interactions has permitted us to deploy the Voyager system more efficiently and effectively.  Of particular interest was the opportunity to look behind the scenes of Voyager version 7.”

A particularly memorable aspect of the Seminar was the small earthquake that occurred during the afternoon of the third day. Thankfully, there were no injuries, but you could say that the Seminar ROCKED, as attendees watched the chandeliers sway back and forth!

Upcoming Events in North America

We invite customers of all Ex Libris products to join us for the following events:

ALA Midwinter 2009: January 23-26, 2009 in Denver, CO

Visit Ex Libris Group in Booth #632!

Sign up here for our Seminars:

  • Supercharge Your Researchers - Recommendations for Scholarly Articles
    10:30 a.m. - Noon on Saturday, January 24

  • Open Products, Open Interfaces, and Open Source: The Building Blocks of the Ex Libris Open-Platform Program
    1:30 - 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 24

  • Digital Preservation: Securing the Future of Information and Libraries
    4:00 - 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 24

  • Primo Update: Functionality Highlights and Roadmap Overview
    10:30 - Noon on Sunday, January 25

  • Next-Generation Bibliographic Control – What is the Brave New World?
    1:30 - 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 25

ACRL 2009: March 12-14, 2009 in Seattle, WA
Visit Ex Libris Group in Booth #505
Computers in Libraries: March 30-April 1 2009 in Crystal City, VA
Visit Ex Libris Group in Booth #421

Ex Libris Technical Seminar prior to ELUNA 2009 Conference:  May 4-5, 2009 in Richmond, Virginia

ELUNA 2009 Conference: May 6-8, 2009 in Richmond, Virginia. Hosted by the Library of Virginia.

By Loralynne Evans, marketing manager, Ex Libris North America