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Managing e-content in an academic library


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Presentation for UKSG webinar, April 2013

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Managing e-content in an academic library

  1. 1. Louise ColeKingston University
  2. 2.  Shift from print to e (both journals and books) E-resources – currency, convenience, reliability Journals important because of primary researchoutputs and REF results Types of journal◦ Print only / Print and e / E-only / Born digital / Freelyavailable / Open access or hybrid
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  4. 4.  Pricing models of e are changing:◦ Historical print spend◦ Pay per view◦ Patron-driven (or demand-driven)◦ Usage-based◦ FTE based◦ Open access/hybrid open access◦ Chapter or article delivery◦ Rolling archives◦ ‘Seat-based’ pricing
  5. 5.  Resource Discovery Systems◦ Goodbye to the A-Z …? Removing the distinction between the ‘type’ ofcontent – to just ‘content’◦ ‘Published’ – what does this mean? How to reach the customer who is not physicallyin front of you Mobile devices and apps◦ What, where, when, how, who, why
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  7. 7.  Budgets often separated into ‘print’ and ‘e’◦ Books and journals?◦ E-books and e-journals?◦ Databases (full-text, A&I)? Budgets shrinking or not keeping pace with journalinflation and continued full VAT on e-only products Cost per use: value for money A resource, in whatever format, has to earn itsplace
  8. 8.  Authentication – proxy, Shibboleth, Athens Browser compatibility Digital Rights Management (DRM) (Payment models …) Licence agreements – contract law, complex Ts &Cs, interpretations, systems Licensee responsibilities
  9. 9.  PORTICO, CLOCKSS, etc.◦ “Digital preservation” & “electronic archiving” Post-cancellation access (PCA) Definition of e-journal – ‘scholarly journal’ or‘intellectual magazine’ only? Definition of digital content – music, images andinformation to be downloaded or distributedelectronically◦ Who is preserving all this? Do we have a role?
  10. 10.  Usage should not represent the be all and end all,but data must be accessible◦ Think about how customers use the resource and whatthat represents in terms of value Consider how best to manage this area◦ Time, staffing, storage, usability COUNTER project The role of the subscription agent?
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  12. 12.  Consortia are there to help – use them!◦ Discounted pricing◦ Central point for management of information◦ Strength in numbers, whether local or national◦ Products and services Are the consortia negotiators now in competition with thesubscription agents?
  13. 13.  The Electronic Resource Management system, orERM◦ Effective management of the e-resources life cycle◦ One place to assemble all relevant data relating to e-content (subscribed or not)◦ A home for links out to content, delivered through RDS orOPAC◦ A commercial alternative to intranets and spreadsheetsto manage e-resources But ‘can they fix it’?
  14. 14.  Acquisition (pricing, trials, licensing) Providing access (link resolvers, A-Z lists) Administration (URL maintenance, admin) Evaluation and monitoring (usage, user feedback,software needs, incident log)
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