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The University System of Georgia Libraries are researching their move to a Next Generation Library System: Phase I: Discovery Tools and Phase II: Library Management Systems together represent one of the goals/objectives in the RACL and USG Information Technology Services’ Strategic Plans. Over the next few months there will be a series of online sessions to discuss these systems, along with their benefits and opportunities for helping USG Libraries manage their increasingly electronic environments. The USG Libraries will also begin discussions with respect to Voyager which is a maturing ILS product and nearing the end of its life cycle. It took the USG Libraries over 2 years to make a decision to move to Voyager and then 3 years to implement Voyager for all USG institutions. Within the next 2-3 years the USG Libraries need to be prepared to define their direction and their plan for funding, etc. “We will blink, and it will be here.”
In addition to the overview, there will be sessions on collection management in an information rich environment, cloud computing, discovery tools, and changes in collection management in some of the USG institutions, plus sessions on particular new systems.
Session 1: Marshall Breeding, Director for Innovative Technologies and Research for the Vanderbilt University Libraries: “Next Generation Library Systems” (click here to access) WIMBA presentation, 28 November 2011.
Session 2: Michael Levine-Clark’s. - “Collection Management in a Global Information World” (click here to access) WIMBA presentation, 14 December 2011.
Session 3: John Scoville, Executive Director of Enterprise Infrastructure Services, University System of Georgia, 11 January 2012 at 3:00 p.m. - “What is Cloud Computing?” (click here to access) WIMBA presentation, 11 January 2012
Session 4: Panel: Bill Clayton - University of Georgia; Lauren Fancher - BOR ITS Library Services; Larry Hansard - Georgia Institute of Technology, Bryan Sinclair - Georgia State University & Shaundra Walker - Fort Valley State University - Discovery, USG Experiences, 20 February 2012 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
WIMBA: Information about accessing the GIL Training Room if you need assistance.
About the Session 1 Presenter: Marshall Breeding serves as the Director for Innovative Technologies and Research for the Vanderbilt University Libraries in Nashville, TN and is the Executive Director of the Vanderbilt Television News Archive, a large-scale archive of digital video content. Marshall is also a speaker, writer, and consultant. He is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides (www.librarytechnology.org) and the lib-web-cats online directory of libraries on the Web. His monthly column “Systems Librarian” appears in Computers in Libraries; he is the Editor for Smart Libraries Newsletter published by the American Library Association, and has authored the annual “Automation Marketplace” feature published by Library Journal since 2002. He has authored nine issues of ALA’s Library Technology Reports, and has written many other articles and book chapters. Marshall has edited or authored six books. He regularly teaches workshops and gives presentations at library conferences on a wide range of topics. In addition, he is a regular presenter at library conferences including Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian conferences, has been a LITA Top Technology Trends panelist at ALA conferences has been an invited speaker for many library conferences and workshops throughout the United States and internationally. He has spoken in throughout the United States and in Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, China, Singapore, the Czech Republic, Austria, The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Israel, Colombia, and Argentina. Marshall Breeding was the 2010 recipient of the LITA LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science.