While there is still money in the budget I'm being allowed to attend staff development events. (Or as another member of the team put it, go off on my jollies) The fact that our Library Management System provider happens to be based in Oxford certainly makes these events more enjoyable but that aside the open day yesterday at Heritage was certainly valuable.
The main aim was to introduce Cirqa, a major upgrade for the system that will be available next year. While I have a natural tendency to distrust anything a LMS provider says until proven otherwise I am genuinely excited about the difference Cirqa will make to the way we use our systems. It's just starting BETA though so I think it'll be a while before we see it live.
After the technical bits in the morning we had a chance to talk to our support guys and discuss the failings of Heritage amongst ourselves. It turns out we're not the only ones experiencing weird systems stuff so we all had plenty to discuss.
In the afternoon we had an excellent tour around Christ Church, including the Great Hall from Harry Potter (much smaller than you would think) and a visit to the library, something that is not normally on the public tour.