Ex Libris ERM

I should have recapped the Ex Libris presentations while they were fresh in my mind, but time escaped me. I actually don’t have too much to say about Verde, because my attention was stolen by the Primo presentation. But, about Verde:

Like Innovative’s ERM, Verde operates independently from other programs. (Though it’s probably helpful that our ILS is also an Ex Libris product.) One of my colleagues asked how Verde would work with our other products. Ex Libris is open to working with any platform, and reps said it was a matter of we the customers telling the other platform that we would like them to work with Ex Libris. The rep said we could pioneer EBSCO use.

Another colleague asked about differentiating between e-journal titles for which we have a direct subscription, and those that we might get by subscribing to other titles. (We have some agreements with publishers where we subscribe to specific titles and get bonus subscriptions; we have to be sure to maintain subscriptions to those core titles.) The Ex Libris reps didn’t have a solution for that, but were interested in exploring how to best approach this situation.

The second presentation of the day was on Primo, their discovery and delivery tool. It can incorporate multiple formats into a single record and allows librarians to promote the use of, say, electronic versions over print. Libraries can include book jacket information (images and text) and patrons can add reviews and tags. Primo uses CSS, which means we can personalize the interface.

I think the part I like best is that students can log in to Primo. They can keep a record of items they’re interested in (not to mention create reviews and add/manage tags), but more importantly it automatically authenticates them for IP access if they’re off campus. People talk about integrating library resources in Facebook, where students have centralized so much of their web presence that word on the street is email and blogs are so yesterday.* So Facebook is just one login for all of a student’s web needs. Our library, if we use something like Primo, would be the academic version. Maybe WebCT is a better comparison, with its messaging abilities, but Primo (or VuFind) integration can’t be too far off. Are the majority of students using WebCT?

*Communication seems to be funneled entirely through Facebook and cell phones. I’ve started a game with myself where I presume that at least one student at a computer block (in the library or at the campus center) is on Facebook; at the campus center, they usually all are. Yesterday at a crosswalk, the two students waiting with me both flipped open their cell phones to check for or send text messages. It’s instinctual and maybe compulsive.

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