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'Moving up to the cloud': Library technology leaders to gather at VCU Jan. 9 for panel session

December 14, 2012

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 technologies.  

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. 

"Libraries have always been on the cutting edge of technology," said University Librarian John E. Ulmschneider. "Emerging cloud technologies are building blocks for the research libraries of the future--more accessible, scalable, secure and content-rich than ever to advance scholarly endeavor."  

At the Jan. 9 event, industry leaders will discuss how emerging cloud-based technologies are transforming research libraries. 
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An audience of Mid-Atlantic academic library leaders will participate in two sessions, which will be streamed live on the Web and posted for viewing by interested parties worldwide. The two-session discussion will consider the role of technology innovation in libraries and the implications in particular of implementing Alma.  

Both panels will allow ample time for questions and audience discussion. 

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