May 21, 2022

Upcoming Event: Marshall Breeding and Others Discuss “Moving Up to the Cloud” at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Like many of you, when Marshall Breeding speaks and writes we listen and read.

If you’re in or around the Richmond, VA area on January 9, 2013 here’s an event you might want to attend at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Can’t make it in person? No problem, the event will be streamed live.

From the VCU Libraries Blog:

As one of the first major research universities to launch a pioneering new cloud-resident enterprise library platform, Virginia Commonwealth University is hosting an educational session Jan. 9, designed to help other libraries around the world prepare for the next generation of library technologies.

VCU Libraries went live in the fall semester with Alma, cloud-resident enterprise library software from Ex Libris Inc. Alma is a unified resource-management system that replaced the system VCU had used for the past decade, which had also been developed by Ex Libris. VCU is the third library in North America to have launched Alma.

Who will be joining Marshall on the panel?

  • Marshall Breeding, the national authority on enterprise library systems, is editor of Library Technology Guides and author of a monthly column in Computers in Libraries.
  • Mark Ryland, chief solutions architect for Amazon Web Service’s Worldwide Public Sector team, began working with Microsoft Federal Systems as a senior architectural engineer in the early 1990s and has witnessed the industry mature.
  • Mark Triest, president of Ex Libris North America since 2010, previously was president of Inigral, a social-media start-up delivering applications for the education market. He also served as senior vice president of global sales at Sunguard Higher Education
  • John Ulmschneider, university librarian at VCU, is a past president and board member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, and leads VCU’s growing and innovative research library system.
  • Gene Damon, panel moderator, is director of library automation for the Virginia Community College System, one of the nation’s largest community college systems. He is chair of the steering committee for the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), and brings a distinguished background of leadership in enterprise library systems in both corporate and academic environments.


  • The 1 to 2:45 p.m. panel will consider cloud computing, trends in the industry, the intersection of corporate and educational worlds, the state of library technologies and their continuing evolution.
  • The 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. panel will provide a general introduction to Alma and discuss how Virginia Commonwealth University went about implementing the software, with its impact on such operational areas as acquisitions, cataloging and fulfillment.

Registration and Additional Info

Marshall and Library Technology Guides

As we’ve said many times, Marshall Breeding’s Library Technology Guides (LTG) are a treasure chest of useful info on all things library tech.

lib-web-cats (part of LTG) is the go to directory to find links to and other information about thousands of library OPACs around the world. But don’t let the name fool you, lib-web-cats is also a wonderful directory to quickly find basic directory info/links to all libraries. The depth of this directory is amazing and as you’ll see here, it’s constantly being updated. Use this RSS feed to keep current.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.