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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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+.