IGeLU 2012 – A brief perspective

The 2012 International Group of Ex Libris Users Conference (IGeLU 2012) was hosted by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH, Zurich) from the 11th to the 13th of September 2012. I had the pleasure of attending the conference, the pre-conference meetings, and the post-conference PWG meeting. During the hectic schedule of these meetings, I also had two talks to give, for details, see the Talks page. The conference itself was very useful, both from a personal and professional growth point of view. It clarified to us Ex Libris’s vision, the direction they are heading towards as a company, and how Oxford systems fit in their vision. It also gave us the opportunity to see Alma in action, speak to people who are moving towards Alma, and understand what we need to work on to have a smooth transition to Alma when the time comes for it. The other great thing about the conference was that I finally got to meet a lot of people in person that I knew virtually before. Another great component of IGeLU 2012 were the excellent talks given by numerous people. This included the excellent keynote speeches and the individual presentations on different topics. One of the things

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Primo Central – Oxford’s Experience

Many of us working on the library systems side already know about Primo Central index. For those who don’t, here is an excerpt from Ex Libris’s official site. The Primo Central index is a mega-aggregation of hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources of global and regional importance. These include journal articles, e-books, reviews, legal documents and more that are harvested from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators, and from open-access repositories. Ex Libris works with the world’s leading providers of global and regional information to benefit its customer community. The Primo Central index fully exploits the richness of the underlying data to facilitate fast and easy search. Oxford went live with Primo Central in September 2010. We made Primo Central index part of our resource discovery platform SOLO based on Ex Libris’s Primo, and introduced it as a new tab called “Journal Articles (beta) [Now called Articles & More]” . We tagged it as beta, because we still believe that there are areas where Primo Central is not as comprehensive as it could be, e.g. Law resources. We also provided a brief description of the limitations and the advantages of Primo Central on SOLO’s home page so that people don’t think

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