This week I’m at the very first ‘IGeLU‘ meeting – this is the ‘International Group of Ex Libris Users’. Ex Libris are a software company which produce library software, and we currently use three of their products at RHUL, Aleph (the Library management system), SFX (the OpenURL resolver) and MetaLib (federated search).

Previously there were two individual user groups (ICAU, for Aleph; SMUG for SFX and MetaLib), and I remember discussing the possibility of a single usergroup 4 years ago, so I’m glad we’ve got there.

The new group and arrangements take up quite a bit of the agenda for the next 4 days, and while this may not be quite as interesting as getting into the detail of how ILL will work in Aleph 19 (more of which later I’m sure), it is important to setup how the usergroup will work, and how we will work with Ex Libris to further develop the products, and implement them in new and interesting ways.

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