Multi-Year Packages and Master lists in KB+

In the recent release of KB+ 4.1 we introduced some new functionality surrounding Multi-Year packages and Master title lists. There will be one title list (package) for the duration of multi-year deals this will be updated as titles join or leave the package (eg title transfers between publishers). For these packages you will no longer need to follow the renewal process of uploading a new list each year which we hope will save time and help reduce confusion.

We now have over 1000 packages and 20,000+ title in KB+. A key objective is to ensure this data is up to date and accurate. With a single list to manage the data managers will be able to maintain a level of accuracy and respond to emerging new requirements such as tracking APC journals.

Multi Year packages can be identified by the date range in their title and by the “Start” & “End” Dates exceeding a single year, for example, JSTOR:JISC Collections:Arts and Sciences I Collections:2012-2015

JSTOR package - multi year

Your subscriptions

Where you have subscriptions linked to a multi year or master list the functionality remains the same aside from a new basic & advanced view and a new set of “start access” and “end access” dates which you can use to manage  your subscription. From the advanced view you will be able to see which titles are ‘expected’ to join and which titles have left, ‘previous”, the package.

If you have created one subscription per year for a multi-year agreements you can convert your most recent subscription by updating the “End Date” to match the end date of the agreement and continue to use.

If you have added various annual packages for the same agreement to the same subscription you will have two different views of the same package in a single subscription. It would therefore be simpler to create a new subscription linking it to the latest package.

Your Renewals

For Multi Year packages you will no longer need to follow the renewal process as the title list will be continually updated. All the changes will be announced as a ‘To Do’ on your dashboard and subscription page.

Please contact us at kbplus@jisc-collections.ac.uk if you have any further questions or require a previous year list of a Multi Year package. We expect the ability to interrogate KB+ to know the content of a package at any given time to be available in the next release, until then you can request a previous year list of a multi year package from us directly.

 

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