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Journal Cover Insights : the UKSG journal
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   ISSN (Online) 2048-7754
   Published by Ubiquity Press Limited Homepage  [35 journals]
  • Editorial

    • Abstract: Published on 2017-07-10 18:36:17
  • Fake news and alternative facts: five challenges for academic libraries

    • Abstract: In light of recent worldwide political developments, it seems clear that libraries are needed more than ever to combat a rising tide of fake news and public lies, and to help their patrons discriminate between truth, error and propaganda. In order to do so, however, libraries will have to decide where they stand on crucial questions about the social construction of reality; the politics of selection; the privileging of interpretations; the academic necessity of research access to false claims; and the meaning of ‘alternative’. A library that fails to address these questions carefully, and in advance, is doomed to incoherence in its response to fake news and ‘alternative facts’.  Published on 2017-07-10 18:35:39
  • The changing role of research publishing: a case study from Springer

    • Abstract: Using Springer Nature as a case study this article explores the future of research publishing, with the guiding objective of identifying how such organizations can better serve the needs of researchers and those that support researchers (particularly academic institutions, institutional libraries, research funding bodies and academic societies) as we work together to help advance discovery for the benefit of all. Progress in four key areas is described: improving the publishing process, innovating across science communication, driving the growth and development of open research and adding value beyond publishing. The aim of this article is thus to set out a clear vision of what research publishers can achieve if they especially focus on addressing researchers’ needs and apply their considerable resources and expertise accordingly. If delivered with care, this vision should enable research publishers to help advance discovery, publish more robust and insightful research, support the development of new areas of knowledge and understanding, and make these ideas and this information accessible, usable and reusable by humans and machines alike.  Published on 2017-07-10 18:35:11
  • In times of geopolitical and economic instability how can innovative
           technologies drive new revenue opportunities for institutions and research
           funding in the UK'

    • Abstract: This article examines how the emergence of innovative technology platforms, recently introduced by new players in the university services space and public arena, has the potential to open up additional revenue generation opportunities for the university research funding toolkit. How aware are universities of these new technology platforms and their revenue potential' Given anticipated EU funding upheaval (and potential removal/reduction of funding sources), uncertainty surrounding Brexit, and the lack of clarity in the lead-up to Brexit (creating what looks to be a prolonged period of instability and cross-messaging in funding circles), the time is now ripe for university management, financial stewards and library managers to embrace new technology platforms as part of their strategic finance planning in order to take advantage of new emerging revenue models in combination with existing operations.  Published on 2017-07-10 18:34:36
  • E-book usage: counting the challenges and opportunities

    • Abstract: Academic libraries are spending a growing proportion of their increasingly stretched budgets on e-books each year. Within this context, demonstrating a return on investment is imperative, but gathering data about e-resource usage is not always easy.  This article summarizes how libraries and library consortia are acquiring and evaluating e-books, how usage statistics feature within library workflows, the issues faced in doing so and the resulting impact of these issues on understanding usage and informing purchasing of new titles. Discussions with publishers indicate how usage data are being used within the organization, the requirements of customers and the challenges involved in providing usage data for e-books. Assessing and evaluating e-book usage is a complex and challenging task with processes and workflows in development. A transition from print to e-books represents a significant change for libraries, and the availability of reliable usage statistics to support purchase decisions is vital. The article is based on a series of case study interviews with representatives from a small cross-section of academic libraries, library consortia, publishers and aggregators.  This work is of interest to anyone with responsibility for creating, managing, developing, delivering and supporting usage statistics and standards for e-books.  Published on 2017-07-10 18:33:58
  • Optimizing the discovery experience through dialogue – a community

    • Abstract: While end users feel increasingly comfortable with discovery services, librarians and content providers struggle with the inherent ambiguities. Librarians find it difficult to promote tools that they do not fully understand, while content providers are concerned that they cannot accurately measure the return on their investments. Based on a UKSG webinar, this article aims to propose ways in which librarians and content providers can overcome some of these challenges through analysis and dialogue. The NISO Open Discovery Initiative is working with the community of discovery service vendors, librarians and content providers to make discovery services more transparent and to ‘streamline the process by which information providers, discovery service providers, and librarians work together to better serve libraries and their users’.2  Published on 2017-07-10 18:33:26
  • The evolution of an e-book demand-driven acquisition programme at
           Swinburne University of Technology

    • Abstract: In 2006 Swinburne University of Technology became the first library in the world to launch a large-scale implementation of a demand-driven acquisition (DDA) programme for e-books. At that time, the 34,000 e-books made available through the EBL DDA programme accounted for almost all the e-books available from the Library. In the intervening years the demand-driven collection has grown to almost 300,000 e-books but these now form only a component of a much larger collection of 765,000 e-books in total, acquired through a range of acquisition models. When changes in publisher charging models caused a large increase in short-term loan-based DDA expenditure from late 2014, the library took action during 2015 to put the DDA programme on a sustainable footing. Further changes were introduced in 2016 when Swinburne became one of the launch customers for a new DDA model developed for ProQuest’s Ebook Central platform called Access-to-Own (ATO). This paper describes the evolution of DDA at Swinburne and the early experiences of using the new ATO model.  Published on 2017-07-10 18:32:40
  • Easy access to the version of record (VoR) could help combat piracy: views
           from a publishing technologist

    • Abstract: In the 1990s many publishers saw the potential of the internet and started to move their content online. This consolidated the need for a shift in their business models from a focus on individuals to IP-mediated institutional access. Libraries were purchasing institution-wide subscriptions with access facilitated through fixed computers, in libraries and offices on campus. Over time, publishers added other institutional authentication mechanisms – trusted referrer URLs, library cards, EZProxy support, and so on – but we never addressed the poor user experience associated with off-campus access. Now, with the rise in mobile and tablet devices and increasing flexibility in work spaces, access control is failing.  In this article, I argue that we need to find a balance between our desire for security and lowering barriers to access. As an industry, we can make use of technologies and initiatives which are already in place to help us to strike that balance, encouraging users to access versions of record instead of resorting to less legitimate copies through services such as Sci-Hub.  Published on 2017-07-10 18:31:50
  • Six students and early career professionals at the 2017 UKSG Conference
           and Exhibition

    • Abstract: Our 40th Annual Conference was held in Harrogate in April. Jisc, LM Information Delivery and SAGE Publishing generously sponsored places for six students and early career professionals (ECPs). They are (from left to right, front row of photograph) Amanda Brennan (Glasgow Caledonian University/City of Glasgow College), Amy Campbell (University of Sheffield/Leeds Beckett University), Mary Murray (Leyton Sixth Form College), Hannah Broadbent (Leeds Beckett University), Dominic Walker (University of West London) and James Barnett (University of Sheffield/University of Birmingham). They all kindly shared with us their conference experiences.  Published on 2017-07-10 18:31:17
  • Crowdsourcing e-book accessibility information and the impact on staff

    • Abstract: For students with print impairments, e-books offer great potential to remove barriers to information. However, for various reasons, not all e-books are fully accessible. Significant variability exists between different platforms and titles. To benchmark e-book accessibility, a group of library and disability professionals across the UK higher education sector organized a crowdsourced e-book accessibility audit, using simple criteria to capture end-user experiences. The audit can act as a framework for librarians and e-book providers to discuss accessibility and effect improvements. This audit was of 275 e-books from 65 publishers across 44 platforms, resulting in an interactive spreadsheet on the project website and individual feedback reports for each platform. Most of the volunteer auditors had little accessibility expertise so a by-product of the process was training to introduce key accessibility concepts and support for those using the audit tool. This paper explores the process, including key findings from a follow-up questionnaire for testers. The results indicate increased awareness of e-book accessibility and empathy for disabled learners and an appetite for further training, in particular using e-books with screen reading and text-to-speech software. The study suggests crowdsourced research can be highly effective on multiple levels.  Published on 2017-07-10 18:30:49
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