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

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AlanSingleton <[log in to unmask]>

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That's interesting and thanks, Mike. It would seem this could be quite an
issue - although the uptake of 'optional' OA (i.e. leading to hybrids) is
often a small single figure (or less!) percentage, it is increasing, and it
is in a few cases up to 20% or more, and one piece I have seen estimates
that some 30% of journals (in the sciences) do now have some OA - all in all
that's got to be a fair amount of literature (quite skewed by discipline, of
course).

My guess would be that most librarians, whatever their general views on open
access, would like to give users access if they can?

Alan 


Alan Singleton 
Editor
Learned Publishing 
The Clock Tower
Horton Hill
HORTON
BS37 6QN 
44 (0 )1454 323642
 

-----Original Message-----
From: An informal open list set up by UKSG - Connecting the Information
Community [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mike Poulin
Sent: 10 November 2009 16:01
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [LIS-E-RESOURCES] Free e-content - what do you do?

I try to avoid the hybrid titles if at all possible and will at times not
select collections if they have large numbers of them because it is very
frustrating to undergrads to get led to materials which they can get access
to only parts.  That said - there are occasionally a few which I will make
as exceptions with a note.

Our link resolver (SS) is based on titles selected and dates.  It does not
deal with hybrids which makes them (the hybrids) to me to have little value.
It is one of the great quandaries when considering open access - if it is
provided via hybrids rather than stand alone OA journals - how does one get
to the content?  If I cannot lead users reliably to the content - I won't
provide links.

If anyone was thinking that the available free content was not worth
pursuing -  I ran a quick analysis of our free content - easy to do via SS
but it was early this morning and I had a meeting to go to so did not to it.

Here are the numbers on what I track at present -

Title Unique    16876
Total    titles tracked 22301

It does overlap more with subscribed titles but there is substantial full
text which is provided - many of which have great value.

Mike

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Mike Poulin
Digital Resources Librarian & Coordinator of Digital Initiatives Colgate
University Libraries
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346
315-228-7025
fax: 315-228-7934
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On Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 10:57 AM, AlanSingleton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I wonder if I could add two related questions? - (and advance 
> apologies for my ignorance on this!):
>
> (i) how do libraries get access to 'freely available' journal papers 
> from 'hybrid' OA journals (i.e. ones that are essentially 
> subscription-based, but will carry some OA material)? - I'm assuming 
> cases where they are non-subscribers to the journal.
>
> (ii) do link resolvers prevent access to these hybrids in some way 
> (i.e. if not everything is free)? - if so, can they be reconfigured to
allow it?
>
>  Alan
>
>
> Alan Singleton
> Editor
> Learned Publishing
> The Clock Tower
> Horton Hill
> HORTON
> BS37 6QN
> 44 (0 )1454 323642
>
>
> -----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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