2024 Annual Conference

June 13-14, 2024

University of Kentucky William T. Young Library (Lexington, KY)

William T. Young Library, by J654567, licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0

We are excited to announce that the Ex Libris Bluegrass User Group (eBUG) annual meeting will be hosted at the University of Kentucky William T. Young Library in Lexington, KY on Friday, June 14, 2024 and a pre-conference meeting will be held on Thursday, June 13

Our theme for this year is Inclusive Innovation: Bridging Accessibility and Emerging Technologies in Libraries.


Thanks to the support from our generous sponsors, we are offering a reduced registration fee of $25 to attend eBUG 2024. To register, please visit both buttons below.  


Keynote Speaker

Jason Griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of Library IT and a  tenured professor at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently a chapter in Library 2035 - Imagining the Next Generation of Libraries by Rowman & Littlefield. His latest full-length work Standards - Essential Knowledge, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2025.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.

He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (http://measurethefuture.net), an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (http://librarybox.us), an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Conference Schedule
*All times are in Eastern Time Zone

1:00 - 1:15pm

Welcome and Introductions
EBUG Officers and User Community

1:15 - 3:15pm  

EBUG Open Discussion
Round Robin/Brainstorming Session with eBUG Colleagues 

3:15 - 3:30pm  


3:30 - 5:00pm

ExLibris Sales and Support Roundtable

Thursday Evening Meetup. 5:45-7:45pm

El Mariachi - Rose Street
391 Rose St
Lexington, KY 40508
*Dinner costs are the responsibility of the attendee

Friday, June 14th 

8:00 - 9:00am


9:00 - 9:15am  

Lisa Eichholtz,  EBUG Chair

9:15 - 10:15am

Keynote Speaker
"Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology :  The future and past of AI and Machine Learning"
Jason Griffey, Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are somehow simultaneously banal and magical, everyday and marvelous, omnipresent and yet still unusual. In the modern era, the price of computation has fallen so low that we are now inventing entirely new methods of using it, and the continued decrease in cost means that the next 5 years will be an ever-expanding universe of potential new uses for these tools. The major technology leaders are all betting their future heavily on AI, and it is going to be necessary for everyone that interacts with technology and information to understand how these systems work.

This talk will survey the current state of possibilities with AI and Machine Learning tools, explore how we got where we are, and will explore at least one potential future for libraries. 

10:15 - 10:45am  

Sponsor Presentation
Update on Browzine and LibKey
Kendall Bartsch, CEO of Third Iron

10:45 - 11:00am 


11:00am - 12:00pm

ExLibris Update
TBD, Ex Libris/Clarivate

12:00 - 1:00pm


Provided by eBUG

1:00 - 1:20pm

EBUG Update and Officer Elections
Lisa Eichholtz,  EBUG Chair
Travis Clamon, EBUG Co-Chair

1:20 - 2:00pm

ELUNA Update
Jason Griffith, University of Kentucky

User Community Presentations:

2:10 - 2:50pm

Concurrent Session A:
"The Collaborative Work of Community Zone Working Group"
Craig Rosenbeck, Roberts Wesleyan University

In this presentation, Craig will present a snapshot of the working being done in Community Zone Working Group. He will discuss what is presently being worked on, review knowledge base documentation contributing to the community zone with guidelines, and have an informal discussion about the community zone.

Concurrent Session B:

"Implementing Article Galaxy Scholar at UK Libraries"
Courtney Taulbee, University of Kentucky
Daniel Naas, University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky (UK) Libraries implemented Article Galaxy Scholar (AGS) in 2023. AGS is an article delivery service provided by Research Solutions/Reprints Desk. The speakers will share information about the setup experience, what they've learned from the data, and how they see this service impacting other areas of UK Libraries.

3:00- 3:40pm

Concurrent Session A:

"Creating and Maintaining Collections (Alma/Primo)"
Cindy Cline, University of Kentucky

Some library collections become more visible when creating and using the "Collections" feature of Alma/Primo. Cindy will review how to create and maintain a collection based on collections that she has created at UK Libraries. These collections include Kentucky cookbooks, Mexicana materials, Rare Medical Books, Movable and Toy Books, etc.

Concurrent Session B:

"Going with the Flow: Implementing the Purchase Request and Rialto"
Kate Seago, University of Kentucky

This presentation will outline UK Libraries use of the purchase request over the past year and how that led to a decision to move to Rialto as the primary vendor for firm orders.

3:50 - 4:30pm

Concurrent Session A:
"Why We Removed "Expand My Results" (And Believe You Should Too)"

Mike Rogers, University of Tennessee

Since August 2022, the University of Tennessee has been on a journey to make discovery more inclusive and less biased. As part of this journey we made a decision to remove "Expand My Results" and default to showing everything available to users, regardless of whether we owned the content in full-text. What we learned from this process was stunning in terms of a better understanding of what users really want from a library search, how indexing differences affect the brief and full results screens, and the impact that poor metadata can have on search results in Primo. Ultimately, we believe the discovery experience now leverages the best of what Primo and CDI offer to provide a much more inclusive and comprehensive search experience. Resource Sharing numbers are through the roof, and (to us) prove that this method is working. Come hear more as we share our experience!

Concurrent Session B:

"Acquisitions in Alma : An Overview"

Yaala Ariel-Joel, Ex-Libris

This session is for anybody who is looking to implement Acquisitions, whether as a new colleague in this area, or because they wish to apply acquisitions in their library. This is a broad topic, but I hope to go over the basics, and get a good bird-view of what it means, in Alma. Seasoned librarians are welcome as well, because this discussion can help as a checklist, and also discuss how it all looks from their perspective.

4:40 - 5:00pm

EBUG Business Meeting/Wrap-Up

Lodging Nearby

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 13th:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lexington
1000 Export St, Lexington, KY 40504
~$130+ per night

Springhill Suites
863 S Broadway, Lexington, KY
~$200+ per night

The Campbell House Lexington
1375 S Broadway Rd, Lexington, KY 40504
~$140+ per night

Directions, Parking, and Contact Information

Driving Address:

401 Hilltop Ave
Lexington, KY 400508

Located just west of the central UKY campus, Young Library is bound by Columbia Avenue, Woodland Avenue, Hilltop Avenue, and Rose Street. 

For more information, please consult the University of Kentucky Campus Map.


Parking lot and payment codes will be provided to participants via email. 


Please contact Jason Griffith (Jason.Griffith@uky.edu) with any questions. A phone number will be provided to attendees prior to the conference. 

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Thank you! 

2024 Conference Planning Committee

Lisa Eichholtz,  Jefferson Community and Technical College
Travis Clamon, East Tennessee State University
Jamen McGranahan, Vanderbilt University
Jason Griffith,  University of Kentucky