2023 Conference Schedule

Thursday, June 15 (all times Eastern time zone):
1:10 - 1:15 pm: Welcome, Introductions, and Information (CONF 403)

A welcome from the eBUG Leadership Team, introductions of the eBUG members present, and information about the pre-conference sessions.

1:15 - 3:15 pm: Open Discussion/Round Robin/Brainstorming Session with eBUG Colleagues (CONF 403)

This timeslot is intended to provide a free-flowing conversation among eBUG members about any topic of interest. There will be no formal agenda for the conversation.

3:15 - 3:30 pm: Break (CONF Alcove)

3:30 - 5:00 pm: Meeting with Ex Libris Support and Sales Representatives (CONF 403)
Kelly Manuelidis, (Ex Libris/Clarivate), Gregg Travis (Ex Libris/Clarivate), Yaala Ariel-Joel (Ex Libris/Clarivate), Dave Hemingway-Turner (Ex Libris/Clarivate), Diane Perry (Clarivate)

This timeslot is intended to provide a free-flowing conversation between eBUG members and Ex Libris/Clarivate support and sales representatives about any topic of interest. There will be no formal agenda for the conversation.

5:45 - 7:45 pm:  Dinner at SweetP's BBQ

We have reserved the upstairs dining area that seats about 30 people. Please let us know if you plan on attending.

Directions to SweetP's from the UT Conference Center

SweetP's Website

Friday, June 16 (all times Eastern time zone):
8:00 - 9:00 am: Breakfast/Registration (CONF Alcove)

9:00 - 9:15 am: Welcome and Introduction of Keynote Speaker (CONF 406)
Jason Griffith (University of Kentucky), Holly Mercer (University of Tennessee Knoxville)

9:15 - 10:15 am: Keynote Speech : "AI: Promises and Perils for the Information Ecosystem" (CONF 406)
Dr. Suzie Allard (Univesity of Tennessee Knoxville)

10:15 - 10:45am: Third Iron Presentation (CONF 406)
Kendall Bartsch (Third Iron)

10:45 - 11:00am: Break (CONF Alcove)

11:00am - 12:00pm: Ex Libris Update (CONF 406)
Kelly Manuelidis (Ex Libris/Clarivate), Dave Hemingway-Turner (Ex Libris/Clarivate)

12:00 - 1:00pm: Lunch (CONF 404A)

1:00 - 2:00pm: ELUNA Update (CONF 406)

Jason Griffith (University of Kentucky/ELUNA Steering Committee)

2:00 - 2:45pm: Concurrent Session B : "Rialto and Book Purchasing: Successes, Failures, and Uncharted Territories" (CONF 403)

Jennifer Mezick, Molly Royse, and Gail Williams (University of Tennessee Knoxville)

Librarians from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), will discuss their experiences using Rialto for book purchasing and improving purchasing workflows. UTK was an early adopter, kicking off implementation in early 2020. Using the last three years of experience, librarians will provide honest reviews of what they love about Rialto and what they hope will be improved, along with examples and some creative use cases. Presenters will provide attendees with perspectives from both employees who primarily work in technical services and employees who primarily work with library patrons and selection of material. Attendees can expect to learn about Rialto features and workflows to help them determine if the system is a good solution for their library’s purchasing needs.

2:45 - 3:00pm: Concurrent Session A : "Untangle Library Data Spaghetti" (CONF 406)

Craig Rosenbeck (Roberts Weseleyan University)

Libraries may have a half dozen to a dozen systems including ExLibris products. Those systems contain one to many data relationships and information needing reporting. There are records needing updating from a decade ago because of wrong publication date, missing barcode, or incorrect fields. There are times where it is essential where systems are needed in order to automate workflows to centralize library data. Visualization tools, database software, and an API software to begin untangling the data.

2:45 - 3:00pm: Concurrent Session B : "Filling the Gap Between Rialto and GOBI: Demo of Juntar - Our In-House Order Request Management System" (CONF 403)

Joe Ferguson (University of Tennessee Knoxville)

UT coordinates ordering between our Library Acquisitions Department, Assessment Programs and Collection Strategy Department, E-Resources Department, and our Library Business Office. We have solid and defined procedures when placing orders through Rialto or GOBI but when orders had to be placed somewhere else, it caused a headache of keeping up with emails and external documents. Juntar is Portuguese for "add, attach, gather, join, put together, and unite," and that is everything we hope to do with this system by allowing a single system to house all the history and communication for orders that are not placed with Rialto or GOBI. Juntar has grown from a system for tracking order requests to allowing expanding functionality to incorporate Price Quotes, Trial Requests, and Suggestion Purchases. It is our hope to eventually offer this to other institutions as well.

3:00 - 3:15pm: Break (CONF Alcove)

3:15 - 4:00pm: Concurrent Session A : "Investigating Web Accessibility: Primo" (CONF 406)

Cindi Blyberg (University of Kentucky)

This presentation will introduce the topic of web accessibility and tools used for accessibility testing. The presenter will also share preliminary findings of an accessibility investigation of the Primo interface.

Travis Clamon (East Tennessee State University)

In 2020, East Tennessee State University was in the early stages of implementing an electronic textbook program when the COVID pandemic stuck. The shift to all virtual classes amplified our concerns about discovery, linking, and support of electronic resources. Without a solution like Leganto, we devised our own permalink system that helped address many of our concerns and is still in use today.  This brief presentation will provide an overview of the script and how it has impacted the support of electronic resources at ETSU. 

Chris Morris (Clemson University)

Alma impacts each department of the library and we all have different needs from the platform. It can be confusing at times figuring out who to communicate issues you are having. Some of these issues may be impacting another department, and some of the solutions may also impact another department. I'd like to talk about how Clemson University is approaching these types of situations with our Cross-Functional teams.

4:00 - 4:15pm: Concurrent Session B : "Alma Work Orders, Make it Work" (CONF 403)

Yaala Ariel-Joel (Ex Libris/Clarivate)

Work Orders in Alma can be used for daily library operations such as repair, digitization, lost items management. Let's analyze together how they are configured, utilized, and some tips and tricks learned.

4:15 - 5:00pm: eBUG Business Meeting/Officer Elections/Wrap-Up (CONF 406)

Jason Griffith (University of Kentucky), Jamen McGranahan (Vanderbilt University), Lisa Eichholzt (Jefferson Community and Technical College)