Out and About


ALA Midwinter at a Glance

ALA Midwinter came with some very exciting announcements from Serials Solutions®, including the reveal of our web-scale management service’s new name, Intota™ which was introduced by Michael Gersch, Senior Vice-President of ProQuest and General Manager of Serials Solutions. The conference kicked-off Saturday morning with the Serials Solutions Breakfast – The Journey Continues, featuring a keynote presentation from Penn State Dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, Barbara Dewey. Attendees also got the latest scoop about discovery services from VP of Discovery, John Law and a first ever look at the in-development Intota service being released in late 2012 from Jane Burke.

Sunday was all about the Summon® service! Librarians gathered for SummonCamp, a 3-hour client-only session led by Serials Solutions product manager Andrew Nagy. Librarians learned about the latest features of the Summon service and shared their experiences in lively break-out groups. One first-time attendee found the dialog with other Summon clients to be especially valuable, “I liked meeting other librarians whose library has the same ILS as my library and have Summon at their institution. Since my institution is in the process of implementing Summon, it was great to connect with other libraries that have gone through the same steps we are getting ready to take.”

The day wrapped up with an afternoon event, Real World Discovery Successes and Game-Changing Innovation: The Power of Summon®. During this event Nancy Pressman Levy, Head of the Donald E. Stokes library at Princeton University, discussed examples of how the Summon service is helping users solve real world research needs. Attendees were also introduced to the latest feature of the Summon service – Discipline Scoped Searching. This buzz-worthy feature will bring the full power of Summon to focused subject-specific searching.

ALA Midwinter is always a great way to kick-off the New Year and we are looking forward to the many important developments and exciting events that we know 2012 will bring!