LMS Day Event Write-up

On Friday 5th October, more than thirty library staff from across Scotland met together to discuss Library Management Systems.  Facilitated by Stephanie Taylor and Sheila Cannell, this one-day event asked the question, “Would a shared library management system improve services in Scotland?” To help us investigate the question, we broke the day into three sessions:

  1. What do we need from an LMS?
  2. What are the benefits and drawbacks to sharing?
  3. Would a shared LMS work for Scotland?
The write-up of the event has now been published: LMS Day Write-up.

LMS Day – Booking information

The Benefits of Sharing: LMS Day

Date: 5th October 2012
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Venue: The Enterprise Zone, University Library, University of Stirling


This one-day event will ask the question, “Would a shared library management system improve services in Scotland?”.  The event is being run by the SCURL led ‘The Benefits of Sharing’ project, funded by JISC as part of its LMS Pathfinder Programme.

The day will focus on active participation for attendees, including round-table discussion and group work aimed at exploring the question in depth. By the end of the day we aim to have a clearer understanding of both the benefits and drawbacks of a shared LMS within Scotland, and a clear indication of whether the vision of the shared LMS is a viable and useful one for Scottish libraries.  The outcomes of this discussion will feed back into JISC’s investigations in this area.

Who Should Attend?
Anyone with an interest in Library Management Systems and the services they provide to higher education institutions in Scotland.  The event will appeal to different types of staff, including library service directors, systems librarians, digital library specialists, policy makers, and any staff who make use of the LMS and the facilities it offers.

The event is limited to a maximum of 40 participants, so space may be limited.

Introduction to the Day  – 10:00 – 10:30 (coffee from 9:30am)

  • Introduction to the Shared LMS for Scotland day – Mark Toole
  • Introduction to the JISC LMS Pathfinder Programme – Ben Showers (JISC)
  • Overview of sessions for the day – Stephanie Taylor, facilitator (Critical Eye Communications)

Session 1 – 10:30 – 12:00

  • What do we need from an LMS?
  • What does an LMS mean to us?

12:00 – 12:45 – Lunch break

Session 2 – 12:45 – 14:15

  • Are there particular areas of work that benefit from a shared LMS?

Session 3 – 14:15 – 15:30

  • Would a shared LMS work for Scotland? Facilitated by Sheila Cannell

Summary and Close – 15:30 – 16:00