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NISO Forum
Library Resource Management Systems: New Challenges, New Opportunities

October 8-9, 2009
Metro Meeting Center
Boston, MA

Sponsored by

Ex Libris

About this Forum

Libraries have a dizzying array of options for acquiring, implementing, and modifying library resource management systems. The ballooning number of choices reflects the changing character of this marketplace. Commercial vendors now compete not only with each other, but also with widely-publicized open source offerings. When evaluating new and existing systems, libraries attempt to balance sometimes conflicting needs:
  • Maintain functionality for staff / Offer usable interfaces for patrons
  • Preserve local individuality / Profit from shared practices
  • Cope with shrinking resources / Crave more development input
  • Value external service and support / Appraise the advantages of internal creative freedom
Join NISO for a two-day forum in which we will consider these issues' consequences for customers, users, vendors, and developers. During this event, we will:
  • Explore the effects of changes to the library community on system suppliers' business models
  • Compare the benefits and disadvantages of commercial and open-source systems through real libraries' experiences
  • Examine the implications of placing library systems in the cloud
  • Address the need for interoperability between library management systems and other systems at work in the library
  • Consider how information standards can help all stakeholders cope with this shifting terrain
Attendees at all levels of system involvement and expertise will find thought-provoking discussion and ample opportunity to share ideas with the library, vendor, and developer communities.


The forum will be held at the:
Metro Meeting Centers - Boston
101 Federal Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Tel.: (617) 737-1200
URL: www.metromeetingcenters.com
Map & Directions
Hotel Information
Guests of Metro Meeting Centers can use the Centerís Club Quarters membership to reserve a guest room. Those wishing to make reservations can call the number below to speak to Central Booking in NYC. Tell the operator that you would like to stay in the Boston Club Quarters using the Metro Meeting Centers membership. If a membership is not mentioned, you will not be able to make reservations.
Club Quarters
161 Devonshire Street
Boston, 02110
Tel.: 212-575-0006
URL: www.clubquarters.com/loc_boston.aspx
Map & Directions
Rates: Double bed: $151.00 per night / Queen: $171.00 per night


If paying with a credit card, register online at: www.regonline.com/LRMS

If paying with a check, use this PDF registration form.

NISO Member

Early-Bird (Ends 10/1/09): $475.00
Regular: $550.00

Early-Bird (Ends 10/1/09): $545.00
Regular: $620.00


Additional Information
  • Early bird rates are offered until October 1, 2009.
  • Registration closes October 5, 2009. After that date call the NISO office to arrange for registration at the regular rate. A processing fee of $50 will be added to each on-site registration.
  • Cancellations made by October 5, 2009 will receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. After that date, there are no refunds.
  • Registration includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Notify the NISO office if you have any dietary restrictions (301-654-2512).
  • Students should submit proof of enrollment when registering. Please contact the NISO office (301-654-2512) with questions.