2018 COSI EMEA Conference

Registration for the 2018 conference has now closed!


Venue:  The Bristol HotelPrince Street, Bristol, BS1 4QF
Tel:       (+44) 0117 923 0333
Email:    bristol@doylecollection.com
Date:    12-13 July
Training day: 11 July


Pre-conference training day - Wednesday 11th July

The pre-conference training day will take place on Wednesday 11th July 2018 from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm.
Course outline
Symphony System Administration Refresher: Acquisitions and rollover (10:30 AM - 1 PM)
In this refresher session we will recap on some of the core elements of Symphony Acquisitions training including:
•        Working with fund and vendor records
•        Key Acquisitions policies like Holding Codes
•        Reviewing the EDIFACT cycle and the reports used for receiving, processing and sending EDIFACT messages
•        Learn how to rollover funds, vendors and orders at the end of the fiscal cycle

•        Reporting options for Acquisitions

Enterprise Admin Essentials (2 PM - 4:30 PM)
In this session we will look at some key aspects of Enterprise administration including:
•             Creating limits, and applying limits to a profile
•             Configuring search facets and navigators
•             Creating static URL links 
•             Creating quick search buttons and linking to information desk policies/URLs 
•             Giving fields a higher relevancy through field boosts  
•             Uploading PDFs and making them searchable
•             Configuring EDS
Please be aware: because of the limitations of the training facilities and the time available both these sessions will be in a lecture format and will not include opportunities for hands-on practice. Places are limited to 25.  A minimum number of 10 attendees are required to guarantee SirsiDynix run the course.


COSI EMEA Conference Programme 2018

Thursday 12th July (Day 1)

Thursday 12th July (Day 1)

08:30 - 10:00 - Registration

10:00 - 10:15 - Chair’s Welcome: a welcome message from the Chair of COSI
10:15 - 11:15 - Opening session: SirsiDynix news and product vision
11:15 - 11:45 - Tea & coffee break
11:45 - 12:20 - Exhibitors’ Introduction
12:20 - 13:20 - Lunch
13:20 - 14:00 - The Medical Heritage Portfolio: transforming and presenting third-party metadata for Portfolio
Jonathan Crew (Royal College of Surgeons)


The RCS (Royal College of Surgeons) Library took part in the Wellcome Foundation’s Medical Heritage Library project, providing 21,000 tracts to be digitised for public access via both the Wellcome website and the Internet Archive. As part of the project, the Library got its own copy of the files and metadata, intending to upload these to its own website.

At the same time, the aging Access database and static website holding the assembled obituaries of nearly 10,000 Fellows of the College were becoming too unwieldy for use. Both sets of data required extensive work to transform them for use in SurgiCat+, the Library’s newly-acquired Portfolio system.

13:20 - 14:00 - BLUEcloud: The Big Picture
Berit Nelson, Chief Product Officer (SirsiDynix)

Join us for an update on everything else going on in BLUEcloud! We'll cover BLUEcloud Central, BLUEcloud Cataloguing, BLUEcloud Search and a variety of technical updates.

14:10 - 14:50 - LibrariesWest Open Data


Open data is simply data that anyone can access, share, and make use of. In local government there are requirements for certain datasets to be published, which are listed in the Local Government Transparency Code 2015.


LibrariesWest is committed to publishing open data, and we have made several datasets available from our Symphony Library Management System (LMS). They include data on library membership, movement of stock, the catalogue, as well as other aspects of library use and operations. The datasets are anonymised, and freely available for anyone to download and use.


During this presentation we will describe and demonstrate the datasets that we have made available, along with the processes and technical infrastructure that we have put in place to support the publication of open data. Finally, we will provide some insights into how this data is being used.

14:10 - 14:50 - BLUEcloud Mobile:   Everything you need, anywhere you are

Gary Martin, Business Development Director (SirsiDynix)

Learn about the features, adoption, latest development, and roadmap for the SirsiDynix mobile app for patrons, students, and other library users. BLUEcloud Mobile lets you meet your patrons where they are with library branding, discovery of physical and electronic resources, library programming, patron self-check and more.

14:50 - 15:20 - Tea & coffee break
15:20 - 16:00 - Implementation of SirsiDynix Products/Services to Achieve Library Strategic Goals at United States International University-Africa (USIU-A)

Allan J. Mwangi, Business Systems Manager (United States International University, Africa)


This session will describe the implementation of SirsiDynix Products and Services at the United States International University-Africa.  The implemented products include Symphony, Enterprise with Portfolio, Web Services, BookMyne and Web Reporter.  The products come bundled with services like Support, Customizations, Consultations and Training.  This session will also look at how these products have contributed to achieving the library’s goals of promoting innovative adoption of emerging learning technologies and providing full bibliographic information of materials held by the library. 

15:20 - 16:00 - Extending Enterprise
Tom Butler, Executive Account Manager/Solutions Architect & Mandie Ling, Executive Account Manager (SirsiDynix)

We will take a look at the new BLUEcloud Discovery Custom Services, as well as showcasing some examples of custom work that Enterprise customers around the globe have undertaken.

16:10 - 16:50 - COSI EMEA Business Meeting.  Open to all COSI EMEA members.

19:00 - 23:00 - Conference Dinner at the Bristol Harbour Hotel

There will be a drinks reception from 7 PM at the Bristol Harbour Hotel.  Dinner will be served at 7:30 PM.  The dress code is smart casual.  We suggest that you wear your conference name badge to help facilitate networking.

Standard Menu *
Starter: Artisan Pate, Orchard fruit chutney and brioche
Main: Baked breast of chicken tarragon cream sauce
Dessert: Passion fruit mousse with forest fruits
Vegetarian Menu *
Starter: Slow roasted tomato and whipped ricotta bruschetta, pesto dressing
Main: Black lentil Dahl with roasted butternut squash and served with fragrant rice
Dessert: Glazed lemon tart, raspberry coulis
Followed by tea & coffee.
Wine and soft drinks will be available on every table.
* Please note, the choice is either the full standard menu or the full vegetarian menu.  Individual courses cannot be selected from the different menus.


Friday 13th July (Day 2) Friday 13th July (Day 2)
9:30 - 10:10 - Getting the customers attention

Catherine Cooke (Tri-Borough Libraries)

Tri-Borough Libraries have been working on improving our customer-facing services.  This session will include a brief refresher and update on eResource Central and BLUEcloud Visibility, and report on the implementation of Syndetics Unbound and BLUEcloud Mobile.

9:30 - 10:10 - Consulting Services Latest and Greatest

Anne Freeman, Senior Consultant (SirsiDynix)

Would you like to have a SirsiDynix consultant on hand to ease your Enterprise customizations through upgrades? How about having someone else take care of your Acquisitions rollover? Can we interest you in free and modestly-priced additions to your ILS or OPAC? Would you benefit from a Consulting package rather than having to make a case for every custom order? Find out about the latest services available from SirsiDynix Consulting.

10:20 - 11:00 - From Traditional loans to Auto-renewals - Benefits and Pitfalls

Mike Ford (Leeds Beckett University)

In October 2017, Leeds Beckett University converted from traditional loans, renewals and holds to autorenewals and hold recalls.

What was the background to this decision, what options were considered, and how has it benefited us and our users? What problems, pitfalls, and surprises have occurred?

10:20 - 11:00 - SymphonyWeb: Goodbye to Desktop Clients
Tom Butler, Executive Account Manager/Solutions Architect & Nicki Lake, Senior Library Relations Manager (SirsiDynix)


SirsiDynix SymphonyWeb is a browser-based WorkFlows staff client requiring no client-side upgrades or special permissions to use. Printing receipts on demand, downloading report attachments and processing transactions in encrypted form are just some of the many possibilities of using this stylish new interface to your Symphony database.


We will also review recent Symphony releases and preview upcoming capabilities in Symphony.

11:00 - 11:20 - Tea/coffee break

11:20 - 12:20 - Keynote: Teaching Information and Copyright Literacy: the role of librarians

Dr Jane Secker, Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at City, University of London


Jane will talk about the ongoing research and work she has done in the fields of information and copyright literacy.  She is the Chair of the CILIP special interest group, the Information Literacy Group, who have recently revised the CILIP definition of information literacy. Jane was instrumental in this process and was particularly influenced by her involvement in authoring and editing a collection of papers published last year by the American Library Association, called ‘Global Perspectives on Information Literacy.’ She will speak about what this new definition means in practice and specifically on the role of librarians.

12:20 - 13:20 - Lunch
13:20 - 14:20 - SirsiDynix Q & A
14:30 - 15:10 - Public Library Consortia and Symphony

This session will explore some of the challenges and opportunities of using Symphony in a public library consortia context, with real life examples of how consortia are addressing some of the issues encountered. We will also introduce the different consortia models currently using Symphony in the UK.  The session is likely to be of interest to anyone currently working in or considering setting up a consortium. 

14:30 - 15:10 - BLUEcloud & EBSCO: Eliminating the Gap in eResource Management and Discovery
Rick Branham, VP, Pre-Sales Solutions & Academic Library Initiatives (SirsiDynix)

BLUEcloud is designed as a best-of-breed open platform with a major goal to streamline the integration of digital and print content. Find out how recently-released and on-going development efforts will close the gap on our promise of end-to-end integration. We will review the new BLUEcloud eRM features and Discovery features for seamless interaction with the EBSCO Knowledge Base, ILS acquisitions, link resolver, and article discovery.

15:15 - 15:45 - Consortia Discussion


Following on from the “Public Library Consortia and Symphony” session, conference attendees are invited to share experiences and discuss consortia topics during this half hour session.  Attendees from all library sectors are welcome as well as those who are in a consortia currently or who have an interest in joining a consortia in the future.


15:15 - 15:45 - SDSC: More than just a support centre

John Perry, Senior Director, Global Support (SirsiDynix)


See how the SirsiDynix Support Centre (SDSC) has evolved from being a mere support centre into a powerful, multifaceted service centre, including the new home for the enhancements forums.

COSI EMEA Conference Programme 2017