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Leveraging your Solutions

The Open-Platform Program: A Year in Review


Solution Updates

Onward and Upward to Primo in the Cloud

Ex Libris Alma: Building an Infrastructure for Collaboration

A Voyage to the Cloud

A Giant Leap for MetaLib: The New Primo Service

Digital Long-Term Preservation in Bavaria with Rosetta


Ex Libris Around the World

Alma Collaborative Partner Program

North American Regional Meetings for Directors

The Primo Central Index at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2010

Ex Libris Solution Days in Lausanne and Paris

NALIS—the Gateway to Academic Libraries in Bulgaria


Conferences and Exhibitions

Fifth IGeLU Conference at the University of Ghent, Belgium

Ex Libris Technical Seminar 2011 and ELUNA 2011

American Library Association 2011 Midwinter Meeting

EPUG-UKI Members Share Expertise and Enthusiasm

Israeli Librarians Gather for Annual User Group Seminar


American Library Association 2011 Midwinter Meeting
 

Loralynne Evans, Events Manager, Ex Libris North America

January in North American library circles means the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, and this year it took place early in the new year (January 7-10) in beautiful San Diego, California.

Of course, the big news in many respects was the public unveiling of Ex Libris Alma—the new name for the company’s next-generation library management service—based on our unified resource management (URM) framework. As the “newest kid on the block,” Alma generated much of the buzz and excitement at the booth and during the Ex Libris seminars.

Not to be outdone, though, Primo took center stage when Ex Libris announced that the system had passed the landmark of 750 customer sites; and all eyes were on SFX with the announcement that it is being used in more than 2,000 institutions. We are now waiting with great anticipation for the 1000th bX subscription, which won’t be long in coming.

An extensive cast of Ex Libris staff decamped from Israel, Europe, and all over North America to meet with colleagues from our 2,100-strong customer community in North America. To provide ALA participants with information and demonstrations of Ex Libris products, we presented a series of five popular seminars:

  • bX—Now for Everyone: New Worlds for Scholarly Recommendation
    John McDonald, Claremont Colleges; Nettie Lagace, Ex Libris
  • Stop the Loss of Digital Content—with Ex Libris Rosetta
    Dennis Phillips, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; John Meador, Jr., Binghamton University, State University of New York; Ido Peled, Ex Libris
  • Maximize the Value of the Research Library: Ex Libris’ Next Generation Library System
    Paul Bracke, Purdue University; Susan Stearns, Ex Libris 
  • Take a Peek Under the Hood: Ex Libris’ Next-Generation Library Resource Management System
    Susan Stearns and John Larson, Ex Libris 
  • At Warp Speed Across the Ex Libris Cloud-based Universe: Primo!
    Rebecca Fernandez, Midwestern State University; Dale Poulter, Vanderbilt University; Tate Nunley, Tamar Sadeh, and Jørgen Madsen, Ex Libris

While attendance at ALA 2011 Midwinter was off from the previous year’s meeting in Boston, and Boston was down from the previous year’s meeting in Denver, the Ex Libris seminars were well attended and drew rapt crowds of both customers and excited prospects. Over 350 ALA-goers registered in advance or attended as walk‑ins. Their interest could be easily gauged by the intensity and level of their questions and by the length of time they stayed around afterwards to talk to Ex Libris staff or other attendees.  

For the first time, we set aside a small area in the Ex Libris booth for attendees to sit in on short, snappy presentations scheduled on a rotating basis every hour during exhibit hours. 

Finally, we are pleased to announce that Adriana Gonzalez of Texas A&M University—an Ex Libris Voyager, SFX/MetaLib, and bX customer—won the Kindle 3G that was offered as a lottery prize for attendees of the Ex Libris ALA seminars. We take it as a good omen that she won it for attending an Alma seminar!

What better way to start the New Year than with a rich sampling of Ex Libris product offerings!