VALEnj is investigating the idea that 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 current integrated library systems, why open source systems are gaining popularity and the type of administrative and organizational infrastructure that would be 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 a 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 / organizational and technical infrastructure is needed to implement a single shared open library system.
Who Should Attend?
- Directors, Deans, University Librarians, Systems Librarians, Public/Reference Service Librarians, and Technical Services Librarians
- 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
- Joseph Lucia — University Librarian, Villanova University and President of the PALINET Board
- John Stromquist — Executive Director, WALDO Consortium