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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

Alma Collaborative Partner Program—Kickoff in Australia and New Zealand

Carmit Marcus, Director of Product Management and Partnerships, Ex Libris

In late October 2010, Ex Libris staff members gathered with a group of energetic Australian and New Zealand customers in Melbourne, Australia, for the Alma Collaborative Partner program kickoff meeting. Designed to support early adopters in the region as they begin working with the Alma next-generation library management service—the solution based on our unified resource management (URM) framework—the Collaborative Partner program serves as a platform for long-term collaboration between Ex Libris and the program partners for the benefit of Alma and its budding user community.

Joining the Ex Libris team were representatives from Monash University; Swinburne University of Technology; the University of Western Sydney; a consortium of South Australian universities that includes Flinders University, the University of South Australia, and the University of Adelaide; and UNILINC, a network of academic and research libraries in the Sydney area.

The three-day meeting began with a review of the goals and objectives of the program, presented by Susan Stearns, Ex Libris vice president for strategic partnerships, who was instrumental in putting together the partner program. Later that day, the participants introduced their institution, libraries, and team members and shared their expectations from the program.

In the evening, members of the group enjoyed a diversion from business at the Meat & Wine Co. restaurant on Melbourne’s Southbank. The food, company and surroundings contributed to a highly relaxing and enjoyable event.

Launching the second day’s presentations, John Larson, of Ex Libris, outlined the conceptual design of Alma. John and Ex Libris colleagues Dan Sweeney and Carmit Marcus presented the Company’s plans for Alma development, including details of the Alma Selection and Acquisition modules, inventory and metadata management system, Fulfillment module, and management of digital resources. The Ex Libris staffers also offered a thorough explanation of Alma’s cloud-based, deployment.

Before parting, the participants agreed on a series of milestones and objectives for the group. Indeed, work has progressed so successfully that the collaborative partners held their second and very productive meeting in February 2011, in Sydney, Australia.