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IREL: PAST, PRESENT AND
FUTURE
How the libraries of the IUA and RCSI have collaborated to deliver essential
information re...
HISTORY
 Increase in Irish government
investment in research from 2000,
especially in ICT and Biotechnology!
 Recognitio...
FUNDING
 Demand from Humanities & Social
Sciences Researchers
 HEA Funding 2006-2009
STEM HSS
CURRENT FUNDING
CORE PRINCIPLES
 Centrally funded (Maintenance of existing spend)
 Strictly online resources only
Emphasis on current, f...
WHO IS IREL?
IUA
Librarians ‘
Group
IReL
Steering
Group
IReL Staff
@
Maynooth
University
Monitoring
Group
HOW ARE RESOURCES SELECTED?
Researchers identify
resource for inclusion
Usage is reviewed each
year (IReL Staff, MG)
Resou...
WHAT’S IN IREL?
VALUE FOR MONEY
Decreasing Cost per Use
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...
VALUE AND IMPACT
 Evaluating both the value & impact
of IReL on research - Bibliometrics +
Usage Statistics
 Increase in...
MEETING RESEARCHERS’ NEEDS
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
Top 200 Journals with IUA & RCSI Authored
Articles
Top 200 Jou...
Economic downturn
Reduced budget for 2009
Real blow - 2010…
No IReL beyond 2010???
23% of original allocation
planned at some stage
Final al...
…AND HOW WE SURVIVED
 Resources reviewed based on
 Cost per use
 Discipline
 Consultation
 Relevance of national vs l...
WHERE AREWE NOW?
 Challenges cont’d!
 National budget for higher education
 Focus on not losing more resources
 titles...
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 20...
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 ...
AGREEMENTTYPES
Similar to institutional licences:
 FTEs
 Previous expenditure
 “Big Deals”
 Access fees
 JISC banding
… group discounts
… central
negotiations
… central invoicing
… central funding
… model licence
“WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?”
We asked some publishers – what are the benefits of working with
IReL?
Well, it’s not just money, ...
 Stability –2-3 years
 Time saver
 Fast moving industry – OA?
 Confidence in negotiations
 Publisher – Institution re...
 International links - licensing and open
access
 ICOLC – International Coalition of Library
Consortia
 LERU – League o...
WHAT’S NEXT?
High Expectations
Value for money - Supporting the needs of our research
community
IReL review
Review of curr...
THANKYOU!
Hosts
Funders
Current and past members of IReL
Working Groups
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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

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