Friday, April 30, 2010

Where next for resource licensing? (JIBS / Eduserv workshop 16/06/10)

Where next for resource licensing?

Joint JIBS User Group and Eduserv event
Wednesday 16 June, 10.30am - 4pm
Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Do you know what your staff and students are allowed to do with the journals, databases or e-books your library provides for them?

Are you are an e-resources manager, already grappling with the thorny issues surrounding licence agreements?

This joint JIBS and Eduserv event will explore the issues around licences including :-
· the expanding customer base and distributed sites of most libraries
· the issues raised by cross institution arrangements, collaboration, affiliation and franchising
· our users’ expectations in a digital environment
· varying authentication systems and the management data they provide
· developments in machine-readable licences

Come along to this event to hear from some of the key players, and to put forward and discuss your problems and ideas.

See the programme at:

Booking form is at

We plan to report the event in a live blog. For anyone tweeting, blogging or sharing other material about the event, the event tag is ‘wn4rl’ (‘#wn4RL’ on Twitter).

For enquiries about the event, please contact Sue Cumberpatch ( or Fiona Bowtell (

If you are interested in joining or learning more about JIBS please go to the JIBS User Group website at, or if you would like to know more about Eduserv, please visit:

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Survey of Digitisation of Core Readings in UK Higher Education

The final report of a survey carried out independently by Jane Secker (LSE) and June Hedges (UCL) in March/April 2009 is now available. The survey looked primarily at current activities relating to the scanning of core readings to support taught courses, but also touched on wider issues such as copyright in HE institutions, e-learning support and collection development.

Carried out following the introduction of the Copyright Licensing Agency's new Comprehensive Licence (which allows copying from digital originals) in August 2008, the survey posed questions about the impact of this and of the previous Trial Scanning Licence on services provided by libraries across the sector.

The report is available at the project website:

Thursday, April 01, 2010

JIBS student prize

- - Updated October 2010 - -

THIS CONTEST HAS NOW CLOSED - the winner will be announced shortly

A student award is being offered by JIBS User Group for a research-based project in JIBS area of concern. The JIBS Student Prize will be awarded to a Postgraduate dissertation or a final year Undergraduate project which focuses on the area of library information systems, bibliographic databases or other resource discovery technologies and how such resources or technologies are being developed or exploited. Practical projects that exploit such technologies will also be considered if they have been accepted as Postgraduate dissertation or final year Undergraduate project. Each type will be given appropriate consideration. Each School of Library and Information Studies is invited to nominate one of their students' projects for the award.