Save the Date — VALE’s Next Generation Academic Library System Symposium

WHAT: VALE’s Next Generation Academic Library System Symposium

WHEN: Wed Mar 12, 2008, 8:30am – 4:00pm

WHERE: The College of New Jersey, Ewing NJ

AUDIENCE: Directors, Deans and University Librarians

Systems Librarians

Public Services Librarians

Technical Services Librarians

SPEAKERS: Bob Molyneux — V.P. of Business Development at Equinox

Dan Scott — Systems Librarian, Laurentian University

Joshua Ferraro — President of LibLime and Project Release Manager

Elizabeth McKinney de Garcia — PINES Program Director

Joe Lucia — University Librarian, Villanova University and President of the PALINET Board

PURPOSE:

The purpose of the VALE’s Next Generation Library System Symposium will increase awareness of why creating and implementing a single shared open library system would benefit and improve users’ services for academic institutions throughout the state of New Jersey.

The symposium will feature speakers on the challenges and changes within the current integrated library system, why open source systems are gaining popularity and the type of administrative and organizational infrastructure is needed for VALE to implement a single shared open library system. The key points of the symposium are:

  • Why open library systems have real advantages over commercial ILS systems.
  • Why choosing the right open library system will have big impact on users’ improvements such as:
    • A single universal borrower’s card,
    • An academic statewide common catalog,
    • Transparency for sharing books,
    • Ease of collaborative collection development and last copy repository.
  • Why choosing the right open library system will have real cost advantages.
  • Why choosing the right open library system should be accomplished collectively.
  • What type of administrative / organization and technical infrastructure is needed to implement a single shared open library system.
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