Autumn Conference – registration and agenda.

Booking for our Autumn conference is now open at the Eventbrite site – click on the link to the right of this post.

This year’s conference will be in Manchester on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th of October, and we are really looking forward to seeing you all there.

We have a draft agenda which you can see from the link below. Please bear in mind this is draft at this stage and subject to some change, but many of the main sessions are confirmed.

You will see from the agenda that on the first day we have the regular support update from Martin Buscher, but we have asked if it is possible to submit some support related questions in advance for Martin and his team. Therefore if you do have questions, we would be very grateful if you could send them on to any member of the Committee well in advance.

Also, a list of nearby hotels are provided below as a starting point.

Autumn Draft Agenda

Nearby hotels


Primo Back Office Day – Agenda

The Primo Back Office Day is now fast approaching, and I am very much looking forward to what is promising to be a very busy and exciting day.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who will be leading on the sessions.

Please find here the agenda for the day, with many sessions running in Parallel.

We will however, try and setup a video camera and record the sessions, so you can always catch up with missed sessions once they are uploaded

The event will be taking place at the Senate House Library

You may also wish to arrange accessing your Primo Back Office off campus if you have not already done so.

There is a presenter PC with guest login from which you can run a Remote Desktop session, if your institution will allow it.

Alternatively, presenters can plug in their laptops using HDMI or VGA.

There is also guest access to WiFi.

It is advised that presenters have a backup plan (i.e. screenshots), should we encounter any technical difficulties.


For any further enquiries please do get in touch.

See you all next week.


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Primo Back Office Day – June 21st

Amin Hussain and the rest of the EPUG committee have been organising the Primo ‘back office’ workshop day on June 21st at Senate House in London.

The day will focus on short presentations and hands on workshops from different institutions, and the format will be very informal. A list of the sessions can be found here.

Ex Libris will also be on hand, both to provide the usual updates and roadmap, but also to answer technical queries.

There are still a few places left and you can book your place here. Lunch will be provided.

Feedback from members suggested that the Primo back office was something institutions felt they need some help with, so we hope that the event  is a success and thanks to Amin and Peter Kiely for their hard work organising the day.

The EPUG comittee’s busy day in Oxford

Back in slightly snowy January, the EPUG-UKI Committee met up in Oxford to plan the forthcoming conferences and meetings in 2017. Sara Burnell, our treasurer, had kindly arranged to host us out in Osney Mead, and despite the weather, we all made it.

Usually, the committee will organise conferences via telephone calls and e-mails, but we do try to have an annual face to face meeting which really helps organise events in more detail, and look at other issues we need to address. This was actually only our second meeting – having met a couple of years ago up in Newcastle.
We started off by looking at the feedback we received following the Autumn conference – thanks to everyone who took the time to fill in a feedback form, it really helps in planning future sessions and picking up on points of administration or organisation which we can improve on. Some of the points in the feedback included:

• Demand for sessions on Primo BO
• Demand for module related sessions – Fulfillment, Resource Mgt, etc.
• Presenters should be formally introduced and chaired
• Could questions be submitted in advance?
• “Too much Ex Libris”
• Service update is too long
• Double sided badges!

So quite a bit to think about, and we have already started working on planning a ‘Primo Back Office’ training day – 21st June at Senate House – more details soon.
After lunch we focused on content for the forthcoming AGM and conference in the Autumn which will be held in Manchester. It was useful to have the feedback from the last Autumn meeting as this allowed us to try to pencil in sessions which will hopefully meet some of the comments above. In particular, for the 2 day conference in Manchester, we will be trying to build strands around the Alma modules, analytics and hopefully something around Alma and Summon.

The highlight of the day was definitely a tour around the Bodleian libraries, organised by Sara. We were able to visit the Radcliffe Camera, crossing via the underground Gladstone tunnel. We also peaked into Duke Humphrey’s library, which was used in the filming of Harry Potter.

Back on the train to Newcastle, I had time to reflect on how much I have really enjoyed being Secretary of the group, and will miss the involvement come the Autumn when my term ends.

Paula Fitzpatrick –  EPUG Secretary/Library Systems Manager at The University of Newcastle