Alumni Library
Online – the Cranfield
University alumni library
service

Rachel Daniels - 11th December 2013

www.cranfiel...
Background
and Context

About Cranfield University
•Wholly Postgraduate University
•Based on two campuses – Cranfield in B...
Where we are now
Current service overview

- Free and open for all!
- Still an online service focussed on CPD
- Individual...
Access via Alumni area or direct from the Library website
Listed with their other online benefits
Quality free web resources
General Resources
Keeping up to Date
Making the most of the service
Service Development on a
budget
7 suggestions to help
that don’t have to cost
the earth…

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Make your ...
Future developments

New era in Alumni support at Cranfield
What we want to achieve:
- More members!
-Better authenticatio...
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Cranfield University presentation by Rachel Daniels at the Alumni Library Forum event at Cass Business School on 11th December 2013.

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Alumni Library Forum 2013 Cranfield University - Alumni Library Online: the Cranfield University alumni library service

  1. 1. Alumni Library Online – the Cranfield University alumni library service Rachel Daniels - 11th December 2013 www.cranfield.ac.uk
  2. 2. Background and Context About Cranfield University •Wholly Postgraduate University •Based on two campuses – Cranfield in Bedfordshire and Shrivenham, Oxfordshire (large number of PT students – 85%) •60 years in operation and 50,000+ alumni Back where it all began… • • • • • • Cranfield sets up Alumni Library Online in 2007 Focussed on continuing professional development Management-oriented Originally a tiered service • Basic access was free • Full service was charged at £50 per annum No service at Shrivenham Campus Small uptake and usage www.cranfield.ac.uk
  3. 3. Where we are now Current service overview - Free and open for all! - Still an online service focussed on CPD - Individual username and password using EZPublish - Rise in membership of ALO service over last few years - Annual work plan for the service What’s included: Access to three major databases • ABI/Inform Alumni • Ebsco Business Source Complete • Sage RefWorks for Alumni Trialling Udini until 20th December Quality free web resources www.cranfield.ac.uk
  4. 4. Access via Alumni area or direct from the Library website
  5. 5. Listed with their other online benefits
  6. 6. Quality free web resources
  7. 7. General Resources
  8. 8. Keeping up to Date
  9. 9. Making the most of the service
  10. 10. Service Development on a budget 7 suggestions to help that don’t have to cost the earth… 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Make your alumni feel special Offer free quality web resources Create awareness of your service Get library staff on board Find who else can help you Be brave in your negotiations Make it official – have a strategy www.cranfield.ac.uk
  11. 11. Future developments New era in Alumni support at Cranfield What we want to achieve: - More members! -Better authentication -Better planned communications with alumni -Wider online resources such as e-books, and wider subject coverage -More joined up with Careers -Encourage more feedback from alumni and participation in bi-annual survey Any questions? www.cranfield.ac.uk

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