I’m going to be giving a presentation, along with my colleague Mr Leach, about our Jerome library ‘un-project’, at the next EMALINK (East Midlands Library Information Network) workshop in the Pilkington Library at Loughborough University, on Wednesday, 24 November 2010.
Joint Lincoln University Library/ Loughborough University Library event
The next generation OPACs
Department of Information Science
Loughborough University Library Building
Wednesday 24th November 2010
2.00pm – 4.00pm (light refreshments available from 1.30 p.m.)
Presented and led by:
- Jeff Brown, Head of Collection Management, Loughborough University
- Jason Cooper, Systems Analyst/ Programmer, Loughborough University
- Chris Leach, Systems Librarian, Lincoln University
- Paul Stainthorp, Electronic Resources Librarian, Lincoln University
University libraries across the globe are looking to develop their OPACs. Much potential exists to give users access to a greater range of information in a quicker and more effective way. There will be two short presentations followed by group discussions around the topic which will provide plenty of opportunity to share and compare practices in our different institutions.
This workshop will look to:
- explore how the Next Generation OPACs will enhance and improve integrated access to resources
- take forward discussion which will include key criteria in selecting a system and the benefits that can be expected
Loughborough University: overview of recent investigation of the current resource discovery tools that are available. This will be followed by a presentation about Loughborough’s experiences of the open source VuFind resource portal.
Lincoln University: outline of Jerome: a Library ‘un-Project’ which is about experimenting with ways of exposing bibliographic data (catalogue, link resolver, institutional repository), to a custom search engine (using free and open source software) to allow users to search across all library resources in lightning-fast time.
The seminar is aimed at Library staff responsible for developing electronic resource discovery tools and also those with an interest in their use.
Light refreshments will be available from 1.30pm. There are three places per EMALINK institution. Contact your EMALINK representative to book a place by 13th November 2010.