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Sunshine's Report from ELUNA

I'd like to thank the library for its continued support in sending me to ELUNA (Ex Libris Users of North America) 2009 in Richmond, VA in May.

This is an important conference for my day-to-day activities. It generates a lot of new ideas, helps fix persistent problems and allows me to continually improve our access to resources through SFX.

This year I stuck solely with the SFX track, as this is the Ex Libris product I primarily manage.

Some highlights of things I did and learned about:

  • I presented "The Biggest Bang for your Buck: Using SFX's Advanced Collection Tool to Help with Collection Development" during the first breakout session of the conference.

  • I now have more confidence in using the text monthly KB update reports (instead of the HTML versions) thanks to Sarah Miller from CARLI.

  • I learned more about bX, a new add on for SFX. If you haven't heard about it, check it out here: http://www.exlibrisgroup.com/category/bXOverview

  • I was inspired by Notre Dame's licensing display for ILL.

  • I learned about a really cool tool called Yahoo Pipes which can help you (although I don't think I'm techie enough to use it for the SFX API): http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/

  • I'm still confident we can get our print holdings into SFX, which would be great feature for our users.

  • Ulrich's can be used with SFX to create a "journal at a glance" box on the SFX service window. Seems easy to do, and on the short list of projects to work on in January.