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Presentation at a break-out session on the economics of information at UKSG conference, Edinburgh, 12-14 April 2010

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  1. 1. Economics of Information Supply – is free information good enough? Tom Roper Head of Learning Resources, South Thames College Tom Roper, Break-out session B
  2. 2. Mimi & Eunice http://mimiandeunice.com/ copyleft Nina Paley Tom Roper, Break-out session B
  3. 3. A short introduction to further education Tom Roper, Break-out session B
  4. 4. Colleges <ul><li>352 Colleges in England </li></ul><ul><li>22 Colleges and 2 FE institutions in Wales </li></ul><ul><li>43 Colleges in Scotland </li></ul><ul><li>6 Colleges in Northern Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>79.7% of 16-18 year-olds in education and training </li></ul>Tom Roper, Break-out session B
  5. 5. Colleges in England <ul><li>229 General Further Education Colleges (GFE) </li></ul><ul><li>93 Sixth Form Colleges (SFC) </li></ul><ul><li>16 land-based Colleges (AHC) </li></ul><ul><li>4 art, design and performing arts Colleges (ADPAC) </li></ul><ul><li>10 special designated Colleges (SD) </li></ul>Tom Roper, Break-out session B
  6. 6. Meat One and Plasterers Two <ul><li>FE as I knew it circa 1971: CCAT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VIth form college </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adult education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vocational education </li></ul></ul>Tom Roper, Break-out session B
  7. 7. FE today <ul><li>Diverse range of subjects, modes of study, funding </li></ul><ul><li>All the levels: from E to 7 (8=doctoral degrees) </li></ul><ul><li>But </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Little cooperation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Little interoperability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Little comparison </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low horizons </li></ul></ul>Tom Roper, Break-out session B
  8. 8. HE in FE…or not <ul><li>Open access </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarly communication </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional repositories </li></ul><ul><li>Falling visitor numbers </li></ul><ul><li>Shared services </li></ul>Tom Roper, Break-out session B
  9. 9. HE in FE <ul><li>11% of higher education is delivered in FE colleges </li></ul>Tom Roper, Break-out session B Source: Association of Colleges
  10. 10. HE in FE <ul><li>Licensing: when can FE college users use resources licensed by HEI? </li></ul>Tom Roper, Break-out session B
  11. 11. South Thames College <ul><li>Rapid expansion of e-content </li></ul><ul><li>Link librarians </li></ul><ul><li>STCLive/Sharepoint/Catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>Budget of £600,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Merger </li></ul><ul><li>Restructuring </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New e-resources co-ordinator post </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apprentices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30 staff (mostly part-time) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New flagship building </li></ul>Tom Roper, Break-out session B
  12. 12. What is free? <ul><li>Arxiv, PubMed </li></ul><ul><li>Free at point of use… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Institution pays or… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bill paid outside the institution </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Licensed and unlicensed </li></ul>Tom Roper, Break-out session B
  13. 13. Expanding e-content <ul><li>2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Infotrac </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Britannica </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spellzone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authentik </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>69 e-collections of one sort or another, 17 on paid subscription </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-books for FE </li></ul></ul>Tom Roper, Break-out session B
  14. 14. Types of free e-resource <ul><li>JISC Collections material </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rich, varied but.. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Limited relevance to FE curriculum </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Low levels of use, even of some obviously relevant tools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>E-books for FE </li></ul>Tom Roper, Break-out session B
  15. 15. Types of free e-resource <ul><li>Hairdressing training </li></ul><ul><li>Archival material </li></ul><ul><li>JORUM </li></ul><ul><li>Providers include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>British Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EDINA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JSTOR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oxford University Press </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proquest </li></ul></ul>Tom Roper, Break-out session B
  16. 16. Deploying free resources <ul><li>Adding value: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Describing and making discoverable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promoting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Future of JISC funding </li></ul><ul><li>Does pump-priming work? </li></ul>Tom Roper, Break-out session B
  17. 17. Low levels of use, in spite of our best efforts Tom Roper, Break-out session B
  18. 18. What’s coming? <ul><li>Major cuts in funding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More mergers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adult provision to be cut by £200 million </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Average cut of 16%...some as much of 25% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bonfire of quangos </li></ul><ul><li>The return of the pay wall </li></ul>Tom Roper, Break-out session B
  19. 19. Sustainability <ul><li>What happens when licences come up for renewal? </li></ul>Tom Roper, Break-out session B
  20. 20. What next? <ul><li>The positives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E-books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HE in FE: leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cf M25/ Kingston University </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HE can learn from FE too </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Massification </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Doing more with less </li></ul></ul></ul>Tom Roper, Break-out session B
  21. 21. The curious incident of the FE consortia Tom Roper, Break-out session B
  22. 22. The learner voice ‘ Going to go library, innit’ Tom Roper, Break-out session B

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