2023 Annual Conference

June 15-16, 2023

University of Tennessee Conference Center (Knoxville, TN)

Conference Overview - Registration open here!

We are excited to announce that the Ex Libris Bluegrass User Group (eBUG) annual meeting will return to the in-person format this year!  The meeting will be at the University of Tennessee Conference Center in Knoxville, TN on Friday, June 16, 2023 and a pre-conference meeting will be held on Thursday, June 15. The theme of this year's meeting is Artificial Intelligence. 

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Suzie Allard, Chancellor's Professor and Associate Dean for Research

University of Tennessee Knoxville

"AI: Promises & Perils for the Information Ecosystems"

Suzie Allard is a University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Professor (School of Information Sciences), and Associate Dean for Research (College of Communication and Information).  Allard’s research focuses on knowledge creation, transfer and disruption, particularly in STEM domains.  Allard’s work has received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, IEEE and others.  Allard’s research is published in peer-reviewed journals and books, and she has spoken at venues around the world. She is director of CCI’s Research & Innovation Center which supports faculty throughout the research lifecycle.   Allard holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics (California State University, Northridge), and a library science Masters of Science and communication Ph.D. (University of Kentucky). Before joining academe, Allard was vice president of Research Frontiers Corporation which provided creative consultation services to the entertainment industry.

Thanks to the support from our generous sponsors, we are offering a reduced registration fee of $25 to attend eBUG 2023. To register, please visit the link above. To pay the registration fee, please visit this link and click on the green "See Details" button.

While we were unable to secure a special room rate for conference attendees, we do have a couple suggestions if you are staying the night of Thursday, June 15:

*Room rates are subject to change due to availability and are at the discretion of the hotel. The rate provided is for the night of Thursday June 15th.

If you are looking for a cheaper option, the following hotels are located a little further away but priced a bit cheaper:

Address: 601 N Weisgarber Rd, Knoxville, TN 37919

Phone: (865) 693-5400


Room Rate: approx. $160 per night

Address: 250 Brookview Centre Way, Knoxville, TB 37919

Phone: (800) 321-2211


Room Rate: approx. $200 per night.

Address: 6200 Papermill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919

Phone: (865) 351-6200


Room Rate: approx. $165 per night

An overview of the schedule is provided below.

Thursday, June 15 (Eastern time zone)

1:00 - 1:15 pm     Welcome, Introductions, and Information
1:15 - 3:15 pm     Open Discussion/Round Robin/Brainstorming Session with eBUG Colleagues
3:15 - 3:30 pm     Break
3:30 - 5:00 pm     Meeting with Ex Libris Support and Sales Representatives

5:45 - 7:45 pm     Dinner at Sweet P's BBQ (Downtown Dive)

Friday, June 16 (Eastern time zone)

8:00 - 9:00am     Breakfast/Registration
9:00 - 9:15am     Welcome and Introduction of Keynote Speaker
9:15 - 10:15am     Keynote Speech - "AI: Promises and Perils for the Information Ecosystem" (Dr. Suzie Allard, University of Tennessee Knoxville)
10:15 - 10:45am    Third Iron Presentation (Kendall Bartsch, Third Iron)
10:45 - 11:00am     Break

11:00am - 12:00pm Ex Libris Update (Kelly Manuelidis and Dave Hemingway-Turner, Ex Libris/Clarivate)

12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch

1:00 - 2:00pm ELUNA Update (Jason Griffith, University of Kentucky)

2:00 - 2:45pm Concurrent Session A: "Transitioning from ILLiad to Rapido in 7 weeks: What we learned" (Jennifer Young, Brooke Garland, Christian Trombetta, and Travis Clamon, East Tennessee State University)

Concurrent Session B: "Rialto and Book Purchasing: Successes, Failures, and Uncharted Territories" (Jennifer Mezick, Molly Royse, Gail Williams, University of Tennessee Knoxville)

2:45 - 3:00pm Concurrent Session A: "Untangle Library Data Spaghetti" (Craig Rosenbeck, Roberts Wesleyan University)

Concurrent Session B: "Filling the gap between Rialto and GOBI: Demo of Juntar - our in-house Order Request Management" System (Joe Ferguson, University of Tennessee Knoxville)

3:00 - 3:15pm Break

3:15 - 4:00pm Concurrent Session A: "Investigating Web Accessibility: Primo" (Cindi Blyberg, University of Kentucky)

Concurrent Session B: "E-Reserves Linking: Improving Access and Support Through a Custom Permalink System" (Travis Clamon, East Tennessee State University)

4:00 - 4:15pm Concurrent Session A: "Multiple Users, One Platform - Communicating Alma Issues Between Different Units" (Chris Morris, Clemson University)

Concurrent Session B: "Alma Work Orders, Make it Work" (Yaala Ariel-Joel, Clarivate)

4:15 - 5:00pm eBUG Business Meeting/Officer Elections/Wrap-Up

Thank you! 

To our sponsors!

2023 Conference Planning Committee

Jason GriffithUniversity of Kentucky
Lisa EichholtzJefferson Community and Technical College
Jamen McGranahan, Vanderbilt University

Mike RogersUniversity of Tennessee
Travis Clamon, East Tennessee State University