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

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"Packard, Sarah" <[log in to unmask]>

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Sound like we do the same as University of Plymouth:
free resources are available via SFX and those from more reliable publishers
(e.g. DOAJ,PUBMED) are uploaded monthly to our OPAC using MarcIt. However
this is rather arbitrary, as resources made accessible in SFX via "Misc free
e-journals" etc. are not uploaded due to the inconsistency of the record and
access.

We also provide access to free websites via Metalib if appropriate and
include them in the relevant categories.

Regards,
Sarah P
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Sarah Packard
Digital Resources & Repository Coordinator 
University Library, Chelmsford
Anglia Ruskin University
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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 Nicette Ammar
Sent: 10 November 2009 10:22
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Subject: Re: [LIS-E-RESOURCES] Free e-content - what do you do?

I agree, this sounds interesting.  We seem to be going the other way in that
we were vetting all inter-library loan requests to see if they were available
for free electronically before sending off the request.  Now, we don't have
the staff resources to be able to do this, so we are no longer checking for
free resources.

However, Via SFX and our A-Z list we do provide access to some free resources
including DOAJ.  We then use MarcIt to upload all new & changed records from
SFX onto our OPAC on a monthly basis.

Any papers that go into our institutional repository are not accessed through
our OPAC.

I also am not aware of any policies or strategies for looking at or dealing
with free e-resources in a consistent way.  

Regards

Nicette Ammar
Content Lifecycle Manager
Content and Development (308)
The Library
Univeristy of Plymouth
Drake Circus
Plymouth
PL4 8AA

Tel: 01752 587142
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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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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
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