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    • Developing European LibraryServices in Changing TimesDr Paul AyrisDirector of UCL Library Services and UCL Copyright OfficerPresident of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries)E-mail: p.ayris@ucl.ac.ukWeb: UCL LIBER10th Anniversary special EISZ Consortium Members’ Meeting2 December 2011, Budapest, Hungary
    • Contents1. Economic crisis and the impact on library budgets2. Shared Cataloguing – the Next Generation3. European Research Area – libraries as research infrastructure4. Conclusions
    • Economic crisis and the impact on librarybudgets In the current economic crisis, what should libraries do?  Joint Procurement  Collaborate to innovate through Shared Services  Fundraising Contracts to run new services for third parties EU Project funding / national project funding Philanthropic funding  Secure the robustness of your management information, so that all your decisions are evidence-based
    • Joint Procurement JISC Collections procures digital content for UK HE  JISC Electronic Information Resources Working Group acts as Steering Group for this activity JISC Collections oversees Big Deal purchases for the Higher and Further Education communities  Rationale is that the bigger the consortium which comes to the table, the bigger the saving that can be made  Efficiency gains of £50 million for members in 2009-10
    • Recent successes Hardline negotiation with academic publishers  One publisher wanted c. 25% increase in one year  Average price increases being negotiated is c. 2-2.5% a year  Explicitly because of the economic downturn New features to negotiated deals  Single payment, with JISC Collections paying the invoice to the publisher and collecting the dues from participants, who opt in to the deal  Invoices being paid in £ sterling, not € euros
    • Contents1. Economic crisis and the impact on library budgets2. Shared Cataloguing – the Next Generation3. European Research Area – libraries as research infrastructure4. Conclusions
    • The ProblemOur key finding is that the currentarrangements for producing anddistributing bibliographic data for bothbooks and journals involve duplications ofefforts, gaps in the available data, andmissed opportunities. ...[T]here wouldbe considerable benefits if libraries, andother organisations in the supply chain,were to operate more at the network level.
    • Open and Linked Data The Open Knowledge Foundation identifies a number of advantages to libraries opening up their bibliographic data: Shared cataloguing New services Linked Data refers to a set of Best Practices for connecting structured data on the web
    • Open and Linked Data Library catalogue becomes re-positioned in terms of its relationship to the wider context of the web, and the social network of links that the web represents Benefits to a shared approach Cost savings Improved access
    • Recommendations Best solution is for a cloud-based implementation to stand in for both local and central management of systems Local library management functions Centrally shared metadata catalogue (community zone) Metadata issues will need to be addressed Duplication of records for same item needs to be replaced by concept of Master record
    • Recommendations RLUK databases need to be re-positioned in the wider context of the web Expand coverage to include new media types, e.g. blogs, wikis, Open Access content, E-Books Shared cataloguing service reduces the footprint of local library management system and so will re-define how libraries work
    • Recommendations Top-level Recommendations That funding is identified to investigate the requirements and feasibility of a shared UK cataloguing service To co-sponsor with the JISC a full cost-benefit analysis of providing an overall, above-campus shared cataloguing system solution
    • Contents1. Economic crisis and the impact on library budgets2. Shared Cataloguing – the Next Generation3. European Research Area – libraries as research infrastructure4. Conclusions
    • LERU Roadmap Towards Open Access A consortium of 22 research-intensive universities in Europe  See http://www.leru.org/index.php/public/home/ LERU is committed to  Education through an awareness of the frontiers of human understanding  Creation of new knowledge through basic research, which is the ultimate source of innovation in society  Promotion of research across a broad front, which creates a unique capacity to re-configure activities in response to new opportunities and problems The purpose of the League is to advocate these values, to influence policy in Europe and to develop best practice through mutual exchange of experience
    • LERU LERU wanted to know what position, if any, it should take on the Open Access debate General meeting of LERU Chief Information Officers/University Librarians in December 2009  Appointed a Working Group to draw up a LERU Roadmap towards Open Access  Road Map was considered by LERU Vice-Chancellors at their meetings in London (2009) and Paris (2010)  Launched in Brussels on 17 June 2011
    • LERU Purpose of the Roadmap is to offer guidance on how to position your University in the European Open Access landscape Builds on the Open Access Statement of the European Universities Association  See http://www.eua.be/eua-work-and-policy-area/research-and- innovation/Open-Access.aspx A Roadmap for all European Universities, not just LERU members
    • LERU Open Access in a wider context: Open Scholarship and Open Knowledge The Green route for Open Access – Steps to Take LERU and the Gold route for Open Access Models of Best Practice to support the Roadmap Benefits for researchers, Universities and Society LERU is considering European E-Press developments  Agreed at Workshop on 28 November 2011 to consider pan- European infrastructure for LERU members interested in Open Access Publishing
    • Contents1. Economic crisis and the impact on library budgets2. Shared Cataloguing – the Next Generation3. European Research Area – libraries as research infrastructure4. Conclusions
    • Conclusions Economic crisis is an opportunity as well as a threat  Collaboration through Shared Services is a way forward Libraries have to re-position themselves in the Information Landscape in order to stay relevant  RLUK’s Shared Cataloguing Initiative a model for future development Open Access is part of the European research infrastructure  Libraries playing a leading role in taking this forward
    • If you have been… Thanks for listening Happy to answer questions