Product development

Part of the purpose of ANZREG is to participate in wider product advocacy groups, and to develop regional priorities in relation to Ex Libris products.

Members are encouraged to submit ideas for product improvements to NERS and/or Idea Exchange, and to vote in both systems for suggestions submitted by other libraries.

NERS (New Enhancement Request System)

IGeLU and ELUNA have a contractual agreement with Ex Libris for the enhancement of defined Ex Libris products.  This is the only channel for “Roadmap commitment”.  NERS is the system used to enable IGeLU members to submit and vote on these enhancements requests.

To use NERS to vote:

  • Check your membership on the IGeLU members’ list, or email
  • Log in to NERS with your institutional credentials. (If you are not certain about your credentials, please contact
  • Once logged in, all open ballots will appear
  • Go to the “Vote” tab
  • Review each enhancement request and enter the number of votes your institution wants to assign it in the “Your Votes” column (nb each individual IGeLU membership gives 100 votes per ballot for subscribed products)
  • Once you have assigned the votes, click the “Submit Votes” button
  • You can adjust your vote at any time before the end of the voting period

Ideas to get the most bang from your NERS votes:

  1. Try to choose just two or three enhancement requests that will have major impact for your organisation and spend your votes in blocks. This will have far more impact on the voting outcome, than adding 10 or less votes to 10 or more enhancement requests
  2. If you have an enhancement request you want the rest of the ANZREG community to get behind, send a tweet with a short justification to @anzreg_ and we’ll post your suggestion to this page for the community to consider, or post to the anzreg-l listserv

Idea Exchange

The purpose of the Ex Libris Idea Exchange website is to facilitate communication between the user community as individuals directly and the Ex Libris product management team, to help set development priorities.  Popular ideas suggested on the Idea Exchange site can influence the Ex Libris Roadmap but do not have an guarantee or Roadmap commitment.

Another key difference of Idea Exchange to the yearly enhancement process is that any individual member of an institution with Ex Libris products may submit and vote on the Idea Exchange at any time, rather than at the institution level.

When submitting an idea, see the Ex Libris Idea Exchange guidelines.  If you’ve had an idea in the Idea Exchange for more than 12 months and you’d still like to see it developed, think about submitting it to NERS by the deadline for the yearly enhancement round.

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