Top tip: use reference lists from dissertations to help inform decisions on which are the most important journals.
Are students satisfied with ebook-only? Some replies I received on Twitter:
- daveyp @laurajwilkinson I’d say the stats we’ve got show the answer is increasingly “yes”, despite DRM & iffy vendor platforms
- MT @daveyp We’ve not crunched stats properly, but seems age is a factor with younger students more likely to have higher usage
- MT @daveyp average number of ebook platform logins per student per year is growing an at exponential rate for us at the moment
- .@daveyp That’s what we do [buy e where available, and fewer print copies]. Students say they prefer print, but data suggests they use e if no print alternative
- MT @ostephens when asked, students still want print but are pragmatic & pref[erence] depends on task, location etc
- MT @daveyp given increase in [ebook] usage, I think libs should be pushing pub[lisher]s harder for a better user experience
Idea of restricting ebook access to subject groups of students to reduce costs, but higher risk of breach of licence (if the “wrong” students gain access), and reduced opportunity for interdisciplinary work if readers can’t access texts outside their field.
Helsinki Uni Library’s online acquisition proposal form for students & academics to make recommendations. They also use patron-driven acquisition (PDA) and evidence-based selection (EBS).
We discussed the legal/logistical issues around selling deselected books to students. I liked the idea of using the money raised to buy plants for the library!
Terkko Navigator – an excellent site. It’s a single search interface with all the usual info sources, plus library and academic staff profiles, and RSS feeds. Please will a funding body give @Terkko money to make the system open source so we can all use it? The journal and database functionality is powered by SFX and MetaLib, the rest is built in-house. Various journal metrics are displayed alongside journal titles.
The library has a duty to serve the university community and the public community. Machines are users too! [think libre open access and machine indexing]
Aalto chair – a tool for strategic IT planning:
‘More with less’: In IT, anything is possible; but we must prioritise – we can’t do everything for everyone.
Layers of authentication for Helsinki Uni e-resources: Shibboleth-type single sign-on is widely used (Haka is the Finnish uni federation), and IP address access too. As in the UK, there is a mismatch between the potential granularity of SSO and the reality of ‘authorised user’ clauses in most e-resources licences.
“IT should be the servant of library services, not the master”
Importance of informal contact and regular communication between library & IT in working well together. It was reassuring to learn that many of our e-resources issues are common to all our countries. For example, licence compliance; especially when tech or Uni business model exceeds imagination of the licence.