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Re: Free e-content - what do you do?

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Annette Ruehlmann <[log in to unmask]>

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An informal open list set up by UKSG - Connecting the Information Community <[log in to unmask]>

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Hi Sarah, 
We use the 856 field on library management system SirsiDynix to catalogue relevant websites and online reports that we also keep in hard copies. We usually catalogue our own books and just create similar entries (with title, keywords, class marks) for the website, electronic journals or papers with the link in the 856 field. We use the URL checker to find out of date websites, as well as spelling errors. I try to email people the link rather than lending hard copies of reports, as it is quicker and they can keep it. (especially now with the postal strike).
The 856 field also allows to link to the Hyperion part of Sirsi which can store and make available catalogued PDFs of material we scan ourselves, which is very useful.

Annette

Annette Ruehlmann
 
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-----Original Message-----
From: An informal open list set up by UKSG - Connecting the Information Community [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Taylor, Sarah
Sent: 10 November 2009 09:52
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Subject: Re: [LIS-E-RESOURCES] Free e-content - what do you do?

Hi Sarah,

Sounds like a really interesting project on a topic I'd not given a
great deal of thought to.

We do have access to a number of free resources, namely the contents of
DOAJ and some free JISC Collections resources. DOAJ journals are
available through our link resolver, and we have a link to it on our A
to Z list of resources. We do the same with free JISC Collections
resources and Intute. We don't have any electronic resources listed on
our OPAC at all, and we just don't have the time or resources to start
putting DOAJ content on the OPAC. Plus the content is forever changing!

We also provide access to a number of other free websites. These are
presented in an online reference library, again on the library website.

Of course, for reports/papers produced by the university, we use our
institutional repository! Again, these items don't go on the OPAC.

As far as I know we don't have a strategy as such as far as I'm aware,
but I'm always keen to make sure that we do provide access to quality
free resources - they provide a useful augmentation to our collection
and can address gaps in our collection that we otherwise may not be able
to fill.

Hope this helps!

Best wishes,

Sarah



Sarah Taylor
Electronic Resources Librarian
Library
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton 
BL3 5AB

01204 903099
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-----Original Message-----
From: An informal open list set up by UKSG - Connecting the Information
Community [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Sarah
Halliday
Sent: 10 November 2009 09:29
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [LIS-E-RESOURCES] Free e-content - what do you do?

Hello 

At the University of Hertfordshire we're undertaking a project to make 
available as much 'free' e-content as possible to our users. We're
really 
interested in finding out what other institutions do and would be very
grateful 
if you could reply to any or all of the following questions (and add any
other 
comments):

Do you put records for free e-content (such as reports, free to access
e-
books, websites) in your OPAC?  If not, how do you make this content 
available to your users? 

What strategy do you use to determine what free content you will make 
available to your users? How do you capture the content?

If you add records for free content to your OPAC, do you only add items
that 
have Marc records, or do you create records? If you create records, what

tools and methodology do you use?

Do you use a link checker, and if so, which one and how do you rate it?
Does 
anyone have experience of using an open source link checker?

Are you aware of any UK or international forums where free content
capture is 
discussed, any JISC or SCONUL initiatives addressing this, and any
relevant 
conferences/events featuring this?

I'll happily summarise responses for the list!
Many thanks,

Sarah Halliday 
Assistant Knowledge Consultant (Information Management)
Information Hertfordshire, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Herts.
AL10 9AB
email:      [log in to unmask] / phone:   01707 285769

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