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Thursday, November 3 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Head in the Clouds: Will a Next Generation Library Management System Bring Clear Vision?

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Libraries are constantly looking for efficient ways to manage print and electronic resources through entire lifecycles and uphold their commitment to be responsible stewards of university assets. The cloud is one way for libraries to achieve these goals. Cloud computing allows storing and accessing of data and programs over the Internet instead of on a computer's hard drive. In 2011, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries decided to look at cloud-based library management systems to replace the legacy system they had for ten years. They were looking for ways to improve workflows, unify job functions and improve staff success. After researching a number of systems and finding an attractive prospect, the VCU Libraries was invited to become an "Early Adopter" and implemented Ex Libris' Alma.  As an adopter of the cloud for four years, they are examining their decision. 

This poster will describe the Libraries' journey from "Go Live" in 2012 up until the four year anniversary on October 24, 2016 and share successes, challenges and downright failures. The audience will learn if the cloud really brought simplified workflows, a connected environment and staff success. 

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Denise Branch

Head, Continuing Resources, Virginia Commonwealth University
Denise is a native of Powhatan, Virginia and the Head of Continuing Resources at the VCU Libraries, earning her B.S. from VCU and M.L.I.S. from The Catholic University of America. Managing e-serials within the Ex Libris Alma and Primo system keeps her busy. She contributes her expertise for licensing, ordering, receiving and maintaining the Libraries’ extensive collection of e-serials. Overseeing the answering of user e-journal reports and... Read More →



Thursday November 3, 2016 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401