Thanks for all the detailed replies so far - it's been a great response! I'll give it a few more days before summarising, and would love to hear from anyone else who has experience of this area.
From: Sarah Halliday [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 10 November 2009 09:29
To: [log in to unmask]
Cc: Halliday, Sarah
Subject: Free e-content - what do you do?
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
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!
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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