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‘Irish Research eLibrary (IReL): Past, Present and Future – how the libraries of the IUA and RCSI have collaborated to deliver essential information resources to researchers’ - Arlene Healy (Trinity College Dublin) & Rita Pinhasi (IReL)

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‘Irish Research eLibrary (IReL): Past, Present and Future – how the libraries of the IUA and RCSI have collaborated to deliver essential information resources to researchers’ - Arlene Healy (Trinity College Dublin) & Rita Pinhasi (IReL)

  1. 1. IREL: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE How the libraries of the IUA and RCSI have collaborated to deliver essential information resources to researchers Arlene Healy (Library,Trinity College Dublin), Rita Pinhasi (IReL at MU)
  2. 2. HISTORY  Increase in Irish government investment in research from 2000, especially in ICT and Biotechnology!  Recognition of insufficient information resource access to support growing research community  Lobbying by senior researchers and university librarians for funding Shared research electronic Library for all the Universities  Essential piece of research infrastructure
  3. 3. FUNDING
  4. 4.  Demand from Humanities & Social Sciences Researchers  HEA Funding 2006-2009
  5. 5. STEM HSS CURRENT FUNDING
  6. 6. CORE PRINCIPLES  Centrally funded (Maintenance of existing spend)  Strictly online resources only Emphasis on current, full text journals/databases  Access to ALL resources for ALL staff, students and researchers of the seven Universities and selected resources for Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland  Resource selection based on consultation across research community  Resources included reflected greatest demand across all eight members  Value for money was key from the outset  Impact and usage analysed from beginning
  7. 7. WHO IS IREL? IUA Librarians ‘ Group IReL Steering Group IReL Staff @ Maynooth University Monitoring Group
  8. 8. HOW ARE RESOURCES SELECTED? Researchers identify resource for inclusion Usage is reviewed each year (IReL Staff, MG) Resources is assessed for suitability for national licence (ISG, IReL Staff) National Licence is obtained by IReL (ISG, IReL Staff) Annual Review of Resources: Usage, Value for money, Relevance (ISG, IReL Staff) Researchers consulted about retention or cancellation (ISG)
  9. 9. WHAT’S IN IREL?
  10. 10. VALUE FOR MONEY Decreasing Cost per Use
  11. 11. USAGE - 2,000,000 4,000,000 6,000,000 8,000,000 10,000,000 12,000,000 14,000,000 16,000,000 18,000,000 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 E-journals 5,351,077 6,126,016 8,841,658 9,600,963 9,662,182 10,248,748 10,455,325 10,689,690 11,013,564 E-Book 367,873 544,712 660,903 724,971 705,666 881,587 825,927 936,771 934,720 Database 1,078,243 2,418,358 2,752,768 2,437,962 2,423,326 3,810,097 4,301,084 4,387,470 4,224,208 Overall usage of IReL resources by type 2007 - 2015
  12. 12. VALUE AND IMPACT  Evaluating both the value & impact of IReL on research - Bibliometrics + Usage Statistics  Increase in IUA & RCSI research productivity & research impact since the establishment of IReL  Several factors important including the availability of online information resources
  13. 13. MEETING RESEARCHERS’ NEEDS 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Top 200 Journals with IUA & RCSI Authored Articles Top 200 Journals that Cite IUA & RCSI Authored Articles %OFJOURNALSAVAILABLEVIAIREL Full Access Partial Access
  14. 14. Economic downturn
  15. 15. Reduced budget for 2009 Real blow - 2010… No IReL beyond 2010??? 23% of original allocation planned at some stage Final allocation:VERY lean
  16. 16. …AND HOW WE SURVIVED  Resources reviewed based on  Cost per use  Discipline  Consultation  Relevance of national vs local licence  Several resources cancelled – strong reactions  Contracts renegotiated – Funders’ instructions: reductions
  17. 17. WHERE AREWE NOW?  Challenges cont’d!  National budget for higher education  Focus on not losing more resources  titles moving between publishers  Publishers changing policies  => rationale: fairness! => 50% increase!
  18. 18. 0% -9% -11% -15% -21% -29% -30% -30% 0% 0% 1% 12% 19% 23% 28% 33% -40% -30% -20% -10% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Changes in funding for Higher Education in Ireland and Publisher X proposed pricing in USD since 2009 Changes in funding since 2008 X publisher US$ pricing change since 2008
  19. 19. 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 1.332 1.316 1.368 1.284 1.311 1.349 1.084 1.108 1.060 USD How much US Dollar is your EURO worth?
  20. 20. AGREEMENTTYPES Similar to institutional licences:  FTEs  Previous expenditure  “Big Deals”  Access fees  JISC banding
  21. 21. … group discounts … central negotiations … central invoicing … central funding … model licence
  22. 22. “WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?” We asked some publishers – what are the benefits of working with IReL? Well, it’s not just money, money, money… National licence – prestige Central negotiations Exposure
  23. 23.  Stability –2-3 years  Time saver  Fast moving industry – OA?  Confidence in negotiations  Publisher – Institution relationship “WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?” Central negotiations Access? Pricing Licensing
  24. 24.  International links - licensing and open access  ICOLC – International Coalition of Library Consortia  LERU – League of European Research Universities  EUA – European Universities’Association  Preparing the ground & research, network for any potential changes
  25. 25. WHAT’S NEXT? High Expectations Value for money - Supporting the needs of our research community IReL review Review of current holdings Cancellations? End of the Big Deal? Changes in national policy? Moving to publication rather than reading focused model? OA – leadership and strategy
  26. 26. THANKYOU! Hosts Funders Current and past members of IReL Working Groups

Editor's Notes

  • Stability –2-3 years
    IReL is working on behalf of several institutions – saves time
    General publishing business moving very fast – ex.: if OA becomes the norm in Ireland, IReL could channel the negotiations
    Institutions have more confidence as they have 1 central negotiations – much less hassle
    Publisher – Institution relationship: as licensing is looked after centrally, publishers can discuss other things with members
    Marketing of Publishers’ resources to publisher: IReL = trusted source
  • While IReL, through its current set of resources can cater for the essential requirements of its members, investments beyond the funding request will be required to equip Ireland with a globally competitive research infrastructure. With additional funding IReL could develop a collection that would provide a level playing field to its researchers against a backdrop of an increasingly competitive international landscape etc. see pge 5.
    IReL falling behind with major scholarly c.ollections such as JSTOR, OUP, Sage etc. (pge 9)

    The SG in collaboration with researchers – submitting a proposal on potential areas for growth and associated costs BUT ALSO CANCELLATION. Improving on the content available to the consortium nationally the HEA, IUA Council and DJEI will provide an environment which could not only support research to an international level but will also be capable of attracting and nurturing world class talent, including researchers who seek new opportunities, for e.g. Brexit.

    Are we going to go down the Project DEAL route, similar to Germany. ??? TBD. Dutch model, Read and publish rather than Big Deal etc.
    Ensuring continuing compliance with government procurement guidelines – databases challenges in this area.

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