I'm delighted to announce that PLS has appointed Jo-Anne Rivers to the role of Technical Lead for the LMS project. Jo-Anne comes to us from LMS vendor Ex Libris where over the last 6 years she has worked as an LMS support librarian, a System Implementation project manager and a Sales Manager. She has also worked in various library sectors including Public, State and TAFE libraries and has professional qualifications in Librarianship, Project Management and Management.
Jo-Anne's depth of knowledge and experience will be welcome additions to the team. Jo-Anne will commence working at PLS on 13 February. She will work closely with several professional project managers to lead libraries through their conversion and implementation of the new system.
We're also pleased to announce that James Kemperman has joined the LMS project team, taking a lead in understanding and exploiting the various "non-core" LMS products. This will include the discovery layer Enterprise, the digital asset management product Portfolio, the Syndetics data feed, and other 3rd party products that are currently under consideration. James will also take responsibility for interfaces between the LMS and other products such as self-check and PC booking systems.
James joins the team with a strong background in IT, which has been strengthened by working within the public library network over the last few years. James drove the development of the original technical specification which formed part of our LMS tender documents, as well as managing the development of the RFID Interoperability specification and the development of the Library IT Group and overseeing the "3rd party product" evaluation group.
I am delighted that these 2 high calibre people will be joining the LMS project team. I am sure that their inclusion in the team will ensure the best possible outcome for libraries as they join the project.