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CCL hosts eBUG conference

7/2/2014
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    Guest speaker Marshall Breeding

Morehead State University’s Camden-Carroll Library hosted the eBUG (Ex Libris Bluegrass Users Group) Annual Conference for Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee Friday, June 20. eBUG is a regional group for the larger ExLibris Users Group of North America.

The conference, held at the Adron Doran University Center, was for a group of librarians, systems librarians, and IT staff who support ExLibris products from across the tri-state that use Voyager as their Integrated Library System (ILS) and other ExLibris products.

The guest speaker was Marshall Breeding, an independent consultant, speaker, author and  a major expert on technologies in libraries. Breeding provided an overview of the current state of technologies available to academic libraries for managing and providing access to their collections and of the models of automation that have shifted away from a focus on print to ones that encompass electronic resources and digital collections.

Strategic cooperation has become a central concern, where multi-campus universities, consortia, statewide, or even national library systems are increasingly exploring opportunities to share infrastructure rather than implement local systems. Many of the new platforms are deployed as multi-tenant SaaS (software as a service).

Breeding also discussed the next generation of library resource management systems and other topics of interest to academic libraries.

Ophelia Chapman, systems/business liaison librarian, was this year’s chair; and Pamela Colyer, head of cataloging, was this year’s secretary/treasurer.

Additional information is available by contacting Chapman at 606-783-2200.

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