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Unhiding African collections: SCOLMA presentation 2013
Unhiding African collections: SCOLMA presentation 2013
Unhiding African collections: SCOLMA presentation 2013
Unhiding African collections: SCOLMA presentation 2013
Unhiding African collections: SCOLMA presentation 2013
Unhiding African collections: SCOLMA presentation 2013
Unhiding African collections: SCOLMA presentation 2013
Unhiding African collections: SCOLMA presentation 2013
Unhiding African collections: SCOLMA presentation 2013
Unhiding African collections: SCOLMA presentation 2013
Unhiding African collections: SCOLMA presentation 2013
Unhiding African collections: SCOLMA presentation 2013
Unhiding African collections: SCOLMA presentation 2013
Unhiding African collections: SCOLMA presentation 2013
Unhiding African collections: SCOLMA presentation 2013
Unhiding African collections: SCOLMA presentation 2013
Unhiding African collections: SCOLMA presentation 2013
Unhiding African collections: SCOLMA presentation 2013
Unhiding African collections: SCOLMA presentation 2013
Unhiding African collections: SCOLMA presentation 2013
Unhiding African collections: SCOLMA presentation 2013
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  • 1. Rachel Playforth Repository Coordinator 9 July 2013 SCOLMA Annual Conference Unhiding African collections at the British Library for Development Studies
  • 2. Our collection National resource for development studies Largest research collection on economic and social development in Europe Over 200,000 titles, 1 million physical items 60% published in developing countries High proportion of unique holdings
  • 3. Cataloguing figures
  • 4. Unhiding 1: retrospective conversion Pre-1988 government publications from Southern countries 23000 online records created Complete holdings of Anglophone African government publications now on OPAC 25% of all card records Resource-intensive!Illustration by Adam Rex from Chu’s Day by Neil Gaimon http://www.meanboyfriend.com/overdue_books/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/20130508-211850.jpg
  • 5. Unhiding 2: article indexing 175 journals indexed in OPAC Mostly published in the South Detailed subject headings applied at article level Abstracts where possible
  • 6. Unhiding 3: digitisation Series papers from Southern research institutes To be hosted at BLDS in a digital library Digitised material also returned to the original institute Rationale: inherent value + pragmatism
  • 7. Staffing and workflow Kept in-house (Project Assistants worked on every stage) Physical and online cross-checking Permission seeking (project manager) Scanning & OCR Uploading to repository OPAC record creation
  • 8. Permissions and licensing Balance of openness with IP protection Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- NoDerivatives license chosen • 14 permissions received, 5 refusals. (And lots of non- responders and incomplete negotiations...) Reasons for not getting permission: 1. couldn’t locate contact or couldn’t get a response 2. concerns over loss of revenue 3. publications already digitised or going to be Ask a librarian!
  • 9. Populating the Digital Library First agreement from University of Nairobi – June 2010 Added over 700 of their publications from our holdings Official launch - September 2011 By June 2013 had 13 more organisations on board 1900+ full-text papers
  • 10. The BLDS Digital Library http://blds.ids.ac.uk/digital-library DSpace open source software Searchable and browsable Community/ collection structure
  • 11. OPAC integration Don’t scan and dump! Bibliographic record links to full text and vice versa Multiplies access points Continues retrospective cataloguing work
  • 12. A virtuous circle
  • 13. Measuring impact 1: the numbers Around 3000 downloads per month Around 1500 unique site visitors per month... based in over 100 different countries 75% come via search engines An invisible repository is a successful repository?
  • 14. Measuring impact 2: demand From supply to demand Joining up with enquiry and document delivery services ‘On demand’ digitisation of IDS publications
  • 15. Measuring impact 3: the international picture African capacity, African repositories National-level in Ethiopia and Malawi
  • 16. Next steps DFID funding for the Global Open Knowledge Hub Digital Library continuing to grow In-country digitisation
  • 17. Thank you http://blds.ids.ac.uk http://blds.ids.ac.uk/digital-library r.playforth@ids.ac.uk @blds_library @archelina And thanks to Henry Rowsell and Helen Rehin for their contributions to this paper.

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