Recommendations from the HIKE project

I enjoyed reading the following article in the latest SCONUL newsletter The HIKE project: evaluating Intota and KB+ for the UK marketplace by Amy Devenney, Graham Stone. I was fortunate enough to attend the Jisc HIKE Project Workshop which I blogged about here and the work undertaken by Huddersfield has been extremely valuable in helping develop and shape KB+ into a system that works for libraries.

I was really pleased to see the following quote

“we firmly believe that KB+ will reduce duplication of staff time and effort in the population and on-going maintenance of individual knowledge and will foster shared community and partnership to reduce the amount of work undertaken by each institution”

as one of the key principles for KB+ is about saving peoples time. Working with the community has also been core to the development of KB+ and am looking forward to gathering more feedback and ideas from our upcoming focus groups.

It was encouraging to see how many of the recommendations from the article have been integrated into KB+, such as;

  • The ability to view a licence from the subscription which was in our recent release
  • The addition of JUSP statistics viewable within KB+ and in the renewal spreadsheet. We are committed to working with JUSP to ensure interoperability and integration, the results from the recent JUSP survey also indicated a keen interest from the community.
  • In release 3.3 we began to load ONIX licences into KB to allow you to view and compare usage terms. Work continues on loading licences and enhancing the ‘license comparison’ function.
  • We continue to work with vendors including Proquest (Serials Solutions) and there is now a Serials Solution format in KB+ to allow you to export data. We have not however established an API but are keen to gather feedback on the value this potentially provides so please do email us at kbplus@jisc-collections.ac.uk

I think the recommendation to other HE institutions to ‘fully embed KB+ into the journal workflow’ is really valuable and provides a good starting point on how to make the best use of KB+.

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KB+ Release 4.0

This release continues to improve and develop the functionality of the system in response to feedback, including changes to the dashboard, the opportunity to search across almost 20,000 titles now available in the knowledge base and continued expansion on our export formats to now include and export for the OCLC link resolver.

New and updated features include;

On Screen Help Information icon

We are introducing information icons on various screens across KB+ to provide additional information. (we are currently working on the text to populate the information icons and this will be available soon) We hope this will help towards making the system more intuitive and easier to use. Each user can decide whether they wish to see the information icons or not, and by default this option is switched off. In order to see this icon you must go to your Profile (menu at the top right of the screen) and edit the new “Show Info Icon” setting to ‘Yes’.

Screenshot of the Show Info Icon profile setting

Changes to the Dashboard

Dashboard

  • Announcements  – you will be notified via announcements of changes or deletions to URLs, these will be applied automatically to your subscriptions so no action is required
  • Announcements  – these will now be created once a day in order to reduce the number of announcements posted during times of busy activity
  • Latest discussion – you will no longer see any automated postings and therefore will be a shorter list focusing solely on discussions created by KB+ users. We hope this will make the dashboard display clearer and make it easier to catchup with the latest discussions.

Log of actions for Licenses & Subscriptions

Under the ‘History’ tab you will be able to see a list of your actions in relations to any ‘To Dos’ for a package. You will therefore have a list of which actions you accepted, rejected or are pending per package providing a useful record of the changes that have occurred.

Search Titles

You can now search across all the titles within the knowledge base by selecting Manage>All Titles and entering a search term. Once you select a title you will also be able to see all the packages where this title appears providing a useful overview of cross-coverage.

The search is currently done by ‘Phrase Searching’ but we are keen to hear how you would like this type of search to work and how you would like the results displayed.

Exports

We are keen to ensure that you are able to use KB+ data with the other systems you work with and therefore continue to develop export formats which may be of value, please let us know if there are other types of export formats you might require. Our latest addition to the formats is one for the OCLC Resolver, which joins the existing ‘Serials Solutions’ and ‘SFX’ exports.

Previously in order to see relevant export formats you had to edit your profile, we have now removed this requirement to improve accessibility and awareness, and so all users now see all the available export options.

Screenshot of exports
Removing a License from a Subscription

You can now remove a licence from a subscription by going to the subscription details screen and changing the Licence value to ‘None’. This removes the link between the licence and the subscription.

Viewing a License from a Subscription

Once a licence is has been added to a subscription there is now a ‘Link’ which you can click to take you directly to the licence details screen to easily check licence  terms and related information. This is in addition to a similar link available from the Issue Entitlement screen.