Newton, MA -- January 17th, 2006 -- Today, Ex Libris announced that they will be hosting three separate thought-leadership seminars during the ALA Mid-Winter Conference next week. These meetings will focus the audience on compelling issues that are creating a sea-change in our industry. The topics will include discussion on paradigm shifts taking place within library automation such as the increasing control and demand over content by the end-user, the standards development initiative for the rapidly growing ERM market, and the myriad choices for system implementation and services, all of which can present a daunting challenge for the librarian.
Dan Trajman, President of Ex Libris, Inc, stated, "ALA is the place of confluence for Ex Libris. It's the best venue there is in North America for us to impact our target market and demonstrate that we have our hand on the pulse of the industry. These three seminars were developed in tandem to illustrate the evolution of library automation and to offer the first glimpse of what the future library will look like. Above all, we want to reassure our customers and future prospects that Ex Libris is a leader with the vision, the track record, and the resources to help them navigate the changes taking place around them."
Mr. Trajman went on to say, "It's no longer enough for a library vendor -- or any software vendor for that matter - to build a better product or to focus on adding more features, you have to continually prove that you have the leadership and the foresight to divine what's coming next and the ability to execute quickly. We're confident that these three seminars will bear out just how formidable Ex Libris is at doing both."
All the seminars are being held at the Marriot Rivercenter near the ALA convention center.
Saturday, January 21st, 8:00am to 9:00am in Salon J
The Haystack in the Needle-- Oren Beit-Arie, Chief Strategy Officer for Ex Libris, and co-creator of OpenURL technology, which has become an industry standard, joins Ezra Schwartz, designer of Ex Libris' MetaLib, and President of Art & Tech, to discuss the tidal wave of rapidly adopted advances that is changing the behaviors and expectations of patrons with regards to search, research and discovery. The library and services it facilitates must evolve as well to stay relevant. This session will explore the trends, technologies of knowledge and social interaction, and propose Ex Libris' vision for a new application that is responsive to the fast changing expectations of patrons.
Sunday, January 22nd, 8:00am to 9:00am in Salon C
ERM: From Theory to Practice -- Ted Koppel, Ex Libris Product Manager for Verde, is joined by special guest speaker, Tony Harvell, Head of Acquisitions for UCSD Libraries, to discuss the importance of standards when implementing electronic resource management systems and the specific efforts that are underway to ensure that libraries, publishers, and vendors, are all using one common standard for ERM. This is an opportunity to learn how the librarian can influence the standards development process.
Sunday, January 22nd, 4:00pm to 5:00 pm in Salon C
ASP & Managed Services: It's All About Choice -- Susan Stearns, Vice President of Operations for Ex Libris, will be discussing the various ways that hosted solutions can provide flexibility to any library, regardless of their immediate project requirements or long-term goals. She'll provide examples of customers that used a diverse set of hosted services to manage specific phases of their implementation project. Librarians will also learn how they can engage their library vendor as a consultative partner that can help them re-evaluate and adjust their goals on a periodic basis.
For more information on Ex Libris events at ALA, please visit www.exlibrisgroup.com/alameeting or stop by Booth # 1451 during ALA Mid-Winter in San Antonio, TX.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris (www.exlibrisgroup.com) is a leading worldwide developer and provider of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution has been installed at over 1250 sites in 57 countries. MetaLib the information portal for library collections and SFX, the content-sensitive linking solution for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment, have collectively been purchased by more than 900 institutions in 36 countries. DigiTool, a solution for the construction of digital collections, and Verde, the new electronic resource management (ERM) system, round out the Ex Libris product suite