Please see the announcement below for the event on January 9th which will
also be streamed.



Library technology-science leaders to gather at VCU on Jan. 9 for "Moving
Up to the Cloud" event*

As one of the first major research universities to launch a pioneering new
cloud-resident enterprise library platform, Virginia Commonwealth
University is hosting an educational session Jan. 9, designed to help other
libraries around the world prepare for the next generation of library

VCU Libraries went live in the fall semester with Alma, cloud-resident
enterprise library software from Ex Libris Inc. Alma is a unified
resource-management system that replaced the system VCU had used for the
past decade, which had also been developed by Ex Libris. VCU is the third
library in North America to have launched Alma.

Speakers at the Jan. 9 event:

   - Marshall Breeding, the national authority on enterprise library
   systems, is editor of Library Technology Guides and author of a monthly
   column in Computers in Libraries.
   - Mark Ryland, chief solutions architect for Amazon Web Serviceís
   Worldwide Public Sector team, began working with Microsoft Federal Systems
   as a senior architectural engineer and has seen the industry grow up.
   - Mark Triest, president of Ex Libris North America since 2010,
   previously was president of Inigral, a social-media start-up delivering
   applications for the education market. He also served as senior vice
   president of global sales at Sunguard Higher Education.
   - John Ulmschneider, university librarian at VCU, is a past president
   and board member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries and
   leads VCUís growing and innovative research-library system.
   - Gene Damon, panel moderator, is director of library automation for the
   Virginia Community College System, one of the nationís largest
   community-college systems. He is chair of the steering committee for the
   Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), and brings a distinguished background
   of leadership in enterprise library systems in both corporate and academic

An audience of Virginia and Washington-area academic library leaders will
participate in two panel sessions, which will be streamed live on the Web
and posted for viewing by interested parties worldwide.

Get details, register to attend, or watch

Jimmy Ghaphery
Head, Library Information Systems
VCU Libraries