Loralynne Evans, Event Manager, Ex Libris North America
More than 8,500 attendees and 2,500 exhibitors braved the snow and freezing temperatures to attend the ALA 2010 Midwinter Meeting at the new Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 15-18, 2010.
During the conference, there was a buzz in the air about the new Primo Central and bX solutions, and about the Primo 3.0 enhancements that enable users to perform a number of library activities in the newly redesigned Primo interface. The four demo stations in the Ex Libris booth were constantly busy with attendees checking out these systems.
To commemorate Boston’s history with tea, Ex Libris handed out tea bags at the booth. Ex Libris lapel pins, another booth giveaway, were a big hit, and attendees were seen wearing them proudly in the conference halls.
Ex Libris proudly hosted three seminars given by customers and Ex Libris product managers during the conference. Participants were invited to enjoy a cup of tea while attending the seminars.
At the first seminar, “Info on Demand: Broaden Your Primo Experience with the Primo Central Article Repository,” a panel of experts presented fascinating insights into the Primo Central mega-aggregate of scholarly e-content, a new Primo component that Ex Libris provides as a service in a cloud computing environment. The panel consisted of the University of Notre Dame’s Mark Dehmlow and Pascal Calarco; Terry Hulbert, of the American Institute of Physics; and Gilad Gal, Ex Libris Primo product manager.
“Benefit from Users' Collective Wisdom: the bX Scholarly Recommender Service” was presented by David Walker, from the California State University, and Nettie Lagace, Ex Libris bX product manager, who took participants through the first year of bX. Just nine months after its launch, this successful recommender service is now in use at more than 200 institutions, providing researchers with article-level recommendations based on an analysis of over a hundred million usage logs—and more every day.
The third seminar, “A Brave New World for Collection Development: New Workflows for the Next-Generation Environment,” explored the Ex Libris next-generation library framework. David Swords (of Blackwell Book Services), Ted Schwitzner (from Illinois State University), and Kathryn Harnish (Ex Libris director of URM product management) provided a valuable opportunity for participants to discover, and delve more deeply into, some of the emerging features of the Unified Resource Management (URMTM) framework.
Ex Libris would like to extend a big thank you to all our guest presenters. We greatly appreciate your contribution! Recordings of the seminars will be available from mid-February on the Ex Libris Web site, at www.exlibrisgroup.com/Category/Webinars.
Mark your calendar! The ALA 2010 Annual Conference will be held in Washington DC on June 25-28, 2010. We will post information about the Ex Libris booth and conference seminars on our Web site in April. For additional information or questions about Ex Libris participation at the ALA Midwinter Meeting or ALA Annual conference, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you in Washington DC!