Ex Libris at the
ALA Midwinter


Coming to the ALA Midwinter Conference in Denver, CO?


Visit us at booth #1408, and don't forget our conference sessions!

What Has Your Discovery Service Done for You Lately? An Evaluation of Relevancy, Usage and New Features

Friday, Feb 9 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Room: Colorado Convention Center 304

Your discovery service’s search algorithm is an important component of the search experience provided to library patrons. The Primo and Summon search algorithms built by Ex Libris have been tweaked and optimized for overall relevance ranking strength, and Ex Libris understands that discovery is continuously evolving and demands our active investment at the forefront of innovation to consider how patrons search and explore in context. The Ex Libris discovery algorithms are calibrated for high performance in specific types of searching that are important to academic library patrons—known-item searching, book searches, and searching within a table of contents, to name a few—and are structured to compliment the structure of the central index for precise article-level searching. Join this session to hear the latest statistics on how users are searching, updated for 2018, and to consider how a creative use of analytics can help the library complement an already strong search experience.

Presented by:

  • Tabatha Farney, Director of Web Services and Emerging Technologies, University of Colorado Springs
  • Nate Turajski, Senior Solutions Architect, Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company

Your Platform as a Service: New Features in Alma

Saturday, Feb 10 | 8:30 - 10:00 am
Room: Colorado Convention Center 303

Ex Libris continues to innovate and introduce new features and functionality to the Alma platform, which has now been adopted by more than 1,000 libraries worldwide. Alma libraries play an important role in this process, putting theory into practice as they expand library services into new areas. Join us for an update on new and upcoming features in Alma, including new library service models developed using Alma. Among the topics discussed will be benchmark analytics, which allows libraries to compare their own key performance indicators to those at similar institutions; enhanced fulfillment network functionality and its real-life adopted and deployment at several prominent consortia; and increased and cutting-edge integration between Alma and ProQuest platforms, including automatic knowledgebase updates for different material types, broader support for complex ebook- and journal-acquisition workflows, and platform-to-platform integration with OASIS and EBook Central.

Presented by:

  • Kari Paulson, VP Market Development, ProQuest
  • Angela Merril, Library Systems Specialist, Roberts Wesleyan College
  • Marliese Thomas, Solutions Architect, Ex Libris, A ProQuest Company 



Libraries and Research Data - The Need for a New Approach

Saturday, Feb 10 | 10:30 - 11:30 am
Room: Colorado Convention Center 703

Ex Libris introduces our newest offering "Esploro" As a collaborative, cloud-based, unified system of records that will improve the impact, visibility, and compliance of research outputs, we expect Esploro to contribute towards greater harmony of academic research processes.

Research is the lifeblood of academic institutions. Yet, many in the academia recognize the need for a better, more integrated approach for managing research data throughout the research cycle – a systematic data management approach that would eliminate duplication of effort, reduce the burden on individual stakeholders, and – above all – would support the institutional goal of increasing the impact of research output.

Academic libraries are often at the crossroads of increasing their involvement in supporting research output and improving research data management, and are already providing a measure of centralized coherence in their support of academic research. In this session we will discuss the potential role that libraries can play in driving this transition, by leveraging their expertise in data curation, resource management, and content dissemination, and the infrastructure needed for supporting these processes.

We will aim to inspire a conversation around the need for a new, comprehensive approach to research data services, and explore the foundations for such an approach.

Presented by:

  • Carl Grant, Associate Dean of Knowledge Services & Chief Technology Officer, University of Oklahoma
  • Paul Soderdahl, Associate University Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries
  • Eddie Neuwirth, Director of Product Management, Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company

The Importance of Feedback from Instruction in Reading List Tools: A Panel Discussion

Saturday, Feb 10 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Room: Colorado Convention Center 703

The University of Denver, University of Miami and Washington State University have adopted Leganto, the Ex Libris solution for managing reading lists and course reserves. In this session, we will hear about important decisions and milestones involved in the launch of Leganto, with a particular emphasis on communication and building trust with faculty, library staff and partnerships with organizations outside the library. The involvement of instructors in initial use of Leganto was important for all, though the approaches and outcomes varied. Instructor comments and insights will be shared with the audience, and best practices developed for communicating with partners, instructors and adjusting library workflows will be also be highlighted, giving attendees a blueprint for building new library services through the successful adoption of a new product or system.

Presented by:

  • Ryan Buller, Access Services Librarian, University of Denver
  • Blake Galbreath, Core Services Librarian, Washington State University
  • Dennis Smith, Head of Access Services, University of Miami
  • Mary-Lynn Bragg, Head of Campus Engagement – Leganto, Ex Libris, A ProQuest Company




Ex Libris Product Update Customer Breakfast

Sunday, Feb 11 | 8:30 - 10:00 am
Room: Colorado Convention Center 605/607

Registration Required, Click to Register

Keeping up with new features in all the products your library uses can be a challenge. Join Ex Libris for breakfast and an update on new features released in the last six months in Alma, Primo, Summon, Leganto, and more. We will discuss specific functionality, road map milestones, and the real-world benefits of the features shared and provide opportunities to ask questions.

Presented by:

  • Eddie Neuwirth, Director of Product Management, Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company
  • Mary-Lynn Bragg, Head of Campus Engagement - Leganto, Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company
  • Katy Aronoff, Manager of Solutions Architects, Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company
  • Brent Cook, Discovery Director of Product Management, Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company

Introducing Primo VE: Streamline Back-end Administration

Sunday, Feb 11 | 10:30 - 11:30 am
Room: Colorado Convention Center 304

You’ve already seen the new Primo user interface, but have you considered the benefits of combining Primo VE, a brand-new deployment model for Primo, with the new Primo UI? Primo VE provides unified back office management of Primo and Alma, resulting in a reduction of duplicated administrative processes and providing seamless publishing processes, real-time discovery of records created in Alma, and the task-oriented configuration and setup that many libraries already enjoy for other library workflows in Alma. Primo VE provides an enhanced user experience for both patrons and staff. In this session, we will also discuss customizing the new Primo UI in Primo VE, accessing Analytics, supporting consortia, and working with the Central index.

Presented by:

  • Laura Guy, Systems Librarian, Colorado School of Mines
  • Jessie Ransom, Solutions Architect, Ex Libris, A ProQuest Company

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