On community and collaboration

One of the concepts that is integral to the URM project here at Ex Libris is that of integrating new models for community and collaboration. Libraries have traditionally been well-grounded in collaboration: reciprocal borrowing of many flavors has existed for decades; consortia of various types have evolved to support resource sharing and to facilitate joint

A Productive — and Exciting — ELUNA

ELUNA 2009 has almost come and gone – the meeting always seems to go so quickly, probably because I keep so busy over the three days with interesting conversations about what’s happening at Ex Libris and in libraries that use our solutions. This conference was no exception, especially since we’ve been sharing lots more about

bX is launched. The next ‘killer app’?

As some of you already know, this week we launched the bX scholarly article recommender service in a public beta mode. Those Ex Libris customers attending the ELUNA user group meeting in Richmond this week may already have seen one of the bX demos and share the sentiments of one twitterer who, after seeing a

New Framework for a Changing World

In my role as the Director of URM Product Management, I’ve spent a lot of time talking with librarians about the changes afoot in the industry – and about the kinds of back-office managmeent systems that will be necessary for “next-generation libraries”. It’s been an exciting and informative process – at a time of unprecedented

On the air. On the ground.

Next week, Ex Libris’s North American user group, ELUNA, will convene in Richmond, Virginia, where I’ve been asked to give a keynote session on trends affecting next-generation library services and our plans in this realm. This will be a great opportunity to reflect on the transformational change facing not just libraries, but academia as a

The OpenURL framework. Again.

In one of my recent bX talks, I presented the idea that bX represents a new component of the OpenURL framework. I would like to explain this a bit further. bX relates to the OpenURL framework in a number of ways: 1. The bX repository is an aggregate of OpenURL-based usage data. In bX, we

bX and the Open Platform Strategy

Paula Hane , Information Today, Inc.’s news bureau chief and editor of NewsBreaks. writes about bX in her recent article titled ‘Ex Libris Advances Its Open Platform Strategy’ . In this same article – as the title suggests – she also talks about the Ex Libris Open Platform Program and the company’s commitment to openness

bX at the Bielefeld conference

I read with great interest a blog posting reporting on Herbert Van de Sompel’s closing keynote speech at the 9th International Bielefeld Conference in Germany this week. The posting is entitled ‘Herbert’s Adventures in Linking’ and reports on Herbert’s review of the last 10 years of key initiatives in which he has been involved; and

Ex Libris Announces bX: Usage-Based Scholarly Recommendation Service

We are very excited to announce bX — a first-of-its-kind service to provide library users with article-level recommendations based on collective usage data amassed from research communities around the world. bX is the result of years of research and collaboration into advanced scholarly recommender systems conducted by leading researchers Johan Bollen and Herbert Van de