Here are some of the new licence improvements from the latest release, KB+ R5.
The licence comparison tool has been improved in terms of content and design. Where there is an ONIX-PL (machine readable) version of a licence in KB+ you can now compare the full details of licences including terms such as definitions of Authorised Users, and all usage term information. This comparison tool is available via Institutions->Licence Comparison Tool (ElCat)
You can also now compare the simpler KB+ Licence Properties between 2 or more licences. This new functionality is available via Institutions > “your institution” > Compare Licences (KB+ Licence Properties)
These comparison tools can be useful for example when comparing new and old licences to check for changes or helping answer queries about what different licences permit.
There are new Export options to both individual and a list of licences. You can export the titles associated with a licence or the licensed subscription/package or the licence itself including the licence properties.
For example you can now filter your licences by those that allow “Walk in Access” and export a list of all journals which permit this. (if this property is included in your licences)
When you click on a licence you now see the licence properties first, this was changed in response to feedback about showing the most commonly used information first.
It is also now possible to Link to a subscription from the licence screen as well as copying a licence from the licence details screen rather than going back to the licence list.
The aim of these improvements was to help get to the data you need more effectively as well as streamlining workflows.
For more details about the new features in KB+ R5 please watch the 10min screencast.