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Format: 02/26/2017 - 4pm
Format: 02/26/2017 - 4pm
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Saturday, January 31 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am
Choice and Diversity in Acquisition Models McCormick Place West
W196c
Description :

Libraries are discovering new and original ways of acquiring resources for their electronic, physical, and digital collections to suit the changing needs of modern users. Acquisition models need to be flexible, dynamic and fast to meet their expectations. Ex Libris Alma was designed to enable each library to adopt the acquisition models that best address their staff and users' needs, at the same time as supporting collaborative approaches with partner institutions. Alma's open architecture enables it to embrace emerging acquisition models as they come into use. In this session, we will review the various acquisition models that are being used by academic and research libraries, with a particular focus on e-resources, and we will discuss ways that Alma supports these diverse models. Acquisition methods that will be covered include PDA, consortial acquisitions processes, working with the Alma Community Zone and new integrations with vendor systems.

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Saturday, January 31 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Reading Lists at the Heart of Cross-System Workflows McCormick Place West
W176c
Description :

The handling of reading lists often falls through the cracks: on the one hand, they touch on many institutional systems, such as course management, discovery, library management, and student services; on the other hand, none of these systems offer the full spectrum of functionality for compiling reading lists, managing them, and enabling students to access them. Furthermore, the complexity involved in creating and maintaining such lists discourages many instructors, who prefer to either bypass the library—often by uploading materials in a way that infringes copyright laws—or rely on the library to do the work for them.

The new Ex Libris reading-list tool supports instructors, students, and library staff by providing an innovative user interface and automatically coordinating cross-system workflows. Once this tool is integrated with institutional and library systems, faculty members can easily create and maintain reading lists and the library staff can make informed decisions for developing the library’s physical, digitized, and electronic collections. The tool also offers new types of services for faculty and students and enables stakeholders to obtain accurate measures of the usage of publications in teaching and learning.

In this session, we will demonstrate the new Ex Libris reading-list tool and show how it triggers workflows that span institutional and library systems.

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event

Saturday, January 31 - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Better Together: Successful collaborations with Alma McCormick Place West
W176c
Description :

In today's cash-strapped economic environment, libraries are under increasing pressure to reduce costs, improve library services, and remain relevant to their institutions and users. These combined pressures are encouraging libraries to increase collaboration and in more effective ways. Alma Collaborative Networks enable consortia—as well as groups of individual institutions—to collaborate in new and streamlined ways, managing their processes more efficiently. Using Collaborative Networks, institutions can partner with a number of different peer institutions to achieve defined and distinct goals—resulting in a dynamic network of collaborations. This session will focus on Collaborative Network functionality across the different types of collaborative networks.

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Unofficial Event

Sunday, February 1 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am
Understanding How Users Search and Discover McCormick Place West
W176c
Description :

Discovery and delivery solutions such as Ex Libris Primo have now been in use by libraries for several years, providing patrons with a unified discovery experience. Users come to the library or the library's website for a variety of reasons. While some are seeking a specific known item, others are looking up material for a topic of interest, such as for a specific course assignment, or for their research. The library's discovery system is the central resource that must serve users' diverse needs—whether they are students, post-graduates, professors or other users—from discovery to delivery.

In this session we will discuss recent user studies to evaluate the needs and expectations of users today as well as conclusions we can draw from the extensive output of the Ex Libris usage and search log analysis on the adoption of the system. The results of these studies are being used to optimize the way Primo determines relevance ranking as well as to help us define new and enhanced methods to enable search and discovery.

Sponsors :
Unofficial Event

Sunday, February 1 - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 4:00pm
A Library Collection Today and Into the Future—In Theory and In Practice McCormick Place West
W181c
Description :

The development of collections through careful selection has always been at the core of the library mission. Now, with the online availability of an enormous number of library materials, the very concept of a library collection is undergoing change, and we are challenged to determine what actually constitutes a collection. New practices of collaboration and fulfillment enable libraries to create virtual, cost-effective collections and provide even better services to their users. In this session, we will discuss the current and future boundaries of library collections; today’s practices regarding the creation and maintenance of collections; and methods of making the collections available to patrons. Examples will be taken from the Ex Libris solutions for library management and discovery services.

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Unofficial Event