COSI EMEA Conference 2022

      COSI (EMEA) Annual Conference 2022

Our 2022 annual conference will be held at The Queens Hotel Chester - City Road Chester CH1 3AH on 7th-8th July 2022.
Join fellow colleagues and SirsiDynix staff at the COSI annual conference. You’ll hear the latest information from SirsiDynix on new and exciting product developments including updates on CloudSource OA, Community Engagement Platform, BLUEcloud Mobile, BLUEcloud Course Lists and lots more!  There will also be presentations by fellow colleagues from the library community about their use of SirsiDynix products.  You won’t want to miss it!
The draft agenda for our 2022 conference is available below.
Registration for the conference is now open. The full attendance fee for both days is £200. Sign up before 1st June to benefit from a 30% early bird discount on conference attendance. And if you are a first time attendee at the COSI conference or willing to present, you will benefit from a further 10% discount on conference attendance.
Click here to register. You will need to login first. If you are not already a member of COSI (EMEA), you can join here.
Exhibitors will need to complete this booking form
Pre-conference Training
The pre-conference training day will take place on Wednesday 6th July 2022 from 10.30 AM to 4.30 PM. At just £50 in addition to conference attendance, it’s a great opportunity to learn something new or refresh your skills. The following topics will be covered: Symphony Administration Essentials and Inventorying your collections with SirsiDynix Symphony. More information on the pre-conference training is available here.
Keynote Speaker
Andrew Cox
We are pleased to announce Andrew Cox, senior lecturer at the Information School, University of Sheffield as our keynote speaker. 
Much of Andrew's recent research has been around the impact of information professionals in such areas as the management of research data, in supporting well-being, in the management of space, and mostly recently their potential roles in artificial intelligence. 
Author of around 100 peer reviewed articles, his work includes The impact of AI, machine learning, automation and robotics on the information profession(link is external), a report for CILIP. Andrew is also 2021 CILIP UKeIG/K&IM Information Manager of the Year.
Andrew's keynote speech will be Artificial Intelligence: What's the story?
Artificial Intelligence is predicted to have a huge impact on our way of life in the next few years. Yet its use has already been surrounded by controversy. This talk seeks to make sense of some of the "stories" that surround AI from the perspective of librarians, because directly and indirectly AI will almost certainly have major effects on library services and professional work. What is the story we want to tell about AI?


COSI EMEA Conference Programme 2022

Thursday 7th July (Day 1)

Thursday 7th 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 - CloudSource: Expand your digital collections and improve the discovery experience for your users

Rick Branham, VP, Pre-Sales, Academic and Content Solutions (SirsiDynix)

Join Rick Branham, VP Content Solutions, to learn how SirsiDynix’s new content platform can transform your library’s discovery experience. CloudSource OA delivers the global body of open access (OA) content to Enterprise as a new search target, along with statistical reports and collection management tools for staff. CloudSource+ expands the collection to include closed access (licensed) content, along with an underlying knowledge base, link resolver, publication finder, and comparison reports.


14:10 - 14:50 - What's your problem: How the ULMS consortium lets patrons query their checkouts through Enterprise My Account
Nathan Scrimshaw (University of Greenwich) and Stewart Brownrigg (University of Kent)

A follow up to our presentation at the Enterprise subgroup meeting in December 2021, this is a more in-depth technical look at how we created a 'Report a Problem' button for checkouts, to enable patrons to report issues and queries to library staff regarding specific items.

We'll look at how we used javascript, perl and yml, on the Symphony server and in Enterprise, to add functionality to the patron account area. We'd then like to open the discussion out and explore any problems/ideas with the audience to investigate whether this custom work could be developed further, and how it can be shared with the community.


14:10 - 14:50 - Community Engagement Platform: Product Overview

Mandie Ling, Executive Account Manager (SirsiDynix)

Do you want to increase engagement with your users?  The Community Engagement Platform (CEP) helps you to connect with your users through events and targeted, multi stage campaigns.

COSI conference attendees will be invited to join a campaign that we’ll use to walk you through the ins and outs of using CEP to promote events and your service.

14:50 - 15:20 - Tea & coffee break

15:20 - 16:00 - Customising Portfolio
Jonathan Crew (Royal College of Surgeons of England)

This presentation will focus on customising Portfolio, based around our exhibitions and upcoming oral history projects.



15:20 - 16:00 - Roadmaps: the big picture
Berit Nelson, Chief Product Officer (SirsiDynix)

Join us for a general session on SirsiDynix roadmaps. We’ll cover the general roadmap with focus on areas that are a little off the beaten path, including technology updates and products that aren’t covered in other sessions.

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

19:00 - 23:00 - Conference Dinner at The Queen Hotel Chester


Friday 8th July (Day 2) Friday 8th July (Day 2)
9:30 - 10:10 - CloudSource OA: too large for a small special library?

Mario Ubink (IBFD)


When CloudSource OA was first introduced we thought it would not be suitable for a small, specialized library like ours. In this presentation I will explain why we implemented it anyway. I will also demonstrate our implementation, and share some initial usage figures.

9:30 - 10:10 - BLUEcloud Staff: Product Overview

Nicki Lake, Senior Library Relations Manager (SirsiDynix)


Join us for an update on MobileStaff and BLUEcloud Circulation.  We’ll review the latest functionality for managing users, circulation and holds.  We’ll also review using MobileStaff for self-issue.

10:20 - 11:00 - TBC




10:20 - 11:00 - BLUEcloud Course Lists: resource list management and the academic library's role in teaching
Andy Panayiotou, Product Manager (SirsiDynix)


BLUEcloud Course Lists is a resource list management system that lets library and teaching staff work together to facilitate access to library resources to support learning and teaching. In this session, Andy will give an overview of recent and planned development work with particular focus on improvements to library staff workflows.

11:00 - 11:20 - Tea/coffee break

11:20 - 12:20 - Keynote: Artificial Intelligence: What's the story?

Dr Andrew Cox, Senior Lecturer, Sheffield University


Artificial Intelligence is predicted to have a huge impact on our way of life in the next few years. Yet its use has already been surrounded by controversy. This talk seeks to make sense of some of the "stories" that surround AI from the perspective of librarians, because directly and indirectly AI will almost certainly have major effects on library services and professional work. What is the story we want to tell about AI?

12:20 - 13:20 - Lunch
13:20 - 14:20 - SirsiDynix Q & A
14:30 - 15:10 - TBC


14:30 - 15:10 - BLUEcloud Mobile: the basics and more
Gary Martin, Business Development Director (SirsiDynix)


Discover the basics of BC Mobile and more! With features like Self-Service and Click & Collect you can offer your users a contactless experience. Take advantage of branding, content management, and your library's physical and electronic resources to ensure you can meet your users where they are.


15:15 - 15:45 - Do you have any books on Shelves?
Iain Gray (Royal College of Art)


The presentation will be about how we implemented various policies and procedures during the lockdowns and how we eventually welcomed back students who were in their last year but had never set foot inside the library before.

I'll give a summary of the various things we introduced during the pandemic that have carried on now that we are fully open, but the main focus will be the wayfinding tool we have trialled this year. I'll chat about how we implemented it, what work was required in Symphony/Enterprise and our discovery platform. I'll look at stats on usage and hopefully if we get enough submissions on the survey what the end users have thought about it.

15:15 - 15:45 - Symphony Data Control Product Overview
Tom Butler, Executive Account Manager and Solutions Architect (SirsiDynix)


Looking for an easier way to access, export, and edit your ILS data?  Symphony Data Control is SirsiDynix’s browser-based interface for leveraging the power of Symphony’s API selection tools. This product makes quick work of editing your Symphony tables and doesn’t require any prior knowledge of coding. Data Control extends the power of the API to a broader audience, and the granular permissions allow selected staff to run queries, while limiting edit capabilities to only authorized staff.

In this session, we will give an overview of Data Control and demonstrate what it can do for your library.

COSI EMEA Conference Programme 2017


Mario Ubink, Chair COSI.