Ex Libris Group®, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that Roger Brisson has been appointed Strategy Director for Ex Libris Europe. As the former head of Metadata Services at Boston University, which has run Ex Libris Alma for the past year, Mr Brisson brings with him a wealth of real-world knowledge of academic libraries and their evolving needs.
“Roger’s experience as a working research librarian, together with his knowledge and his wide professional network, will help him to guide librarians and to be their voice within Ex Libris,” commented Koby Rosenthal, corporate VP and general manager of Ex Libris Europe. “Roger will be an asset to Ex Libris in shaping a long-term strategy for the next generation of unified resource discovery and management solutions that enrich the working lives of librarians, researchers, faculty members and students.”
“Roger will work closely with libraries so that both they and Ex Libris are responding to the opportunities and challenges that contemporary libraries are facing,” added Mr Rosenthal.
Mr Brisson’s broad experience of the library industry includes expertise in building next generation libraries, development of digital and metadata systems and in addressing the strategic challenges that libraries face. Prior to his role at Boston University, he served in senior positions at Harvard and Penn State Universities. Mr. Brisson is well-known for his work on several national and international working groups as well as his active involvement in the development of the Dublin Core standard and in the translation of the AACR2 Cataloguing rules into German.
Mr Brisson will be based at the Ex Libris offices in Hamburg. Having studied and taught in Germany for a number of years, Mr Brisson speaks German fluently and is familiar with the requirements of the European market.
“I am delighted to be joining one of the leading global library software companies,” stated Mr Brisson. “I am looking forward to supporting Ex Libris and our customers as they adapt to new challenges and opportunities. Primo has long been a powerful discovery tool. Now Alma represents a major leap in library management systems. Together they provide libraries with a powerful platform that enables them to focus on developing innovative services for their patrons.”