KB+ and eBooks

Over the last year we have added a number of Jisc Collection ebook agreements, which provide perpetual access, to KB+ from a range of publishers including Springer, Duke and World Scientific.

KB+ can be used to manage subscriptions to any of these packages. You can use KB+ to record the subscription, link it to the appropriate package for a list of titles, add the relevant licence and include financial information via our new finance module.

Screenshot of an ebook title in KB+

An ebook title in KB+

These collections are maintained by the KB+ data managers ensuring the title lists are up to date and accurate.

Our next step is to help institutions who want to record book titles they have purchased via evidence based Jisc Collection agreements. For these agreements the final set of titles is dependent on the selection made at the end of the year, therefore if you have subscribed to any of the expired agreements below and would
like to see your purchased content in KB+ please email us at knowledgebaseplus@jisc.ac.uk

  • Oxford Scholarship Online Evidence Based Acquisition (EBA) 2016
  • Cambridge Books Online Evidence Based Acquisition 2016/17
  • SAGE Knowledge eBooks Evidence Based Acquisition (EBA) 2017
  • Elsevier eBooks Freedom Collection 2015 (2017)

KB+ Version 7 – New User Interface

We are very excited to share the new KB+ user interface providing librarians with a clear environment where local data (subscription, usage, licence, finance and entitlement) can be stored, managed, exported and compared.

This new user interface accompanied by high quality data (curated by the KB+ team) increases the KB+ potential in making an impact on the HE community through contributing to the metadata supply chain

We would also like to thank all those involved in developing our new more intuitive interface including the valuable contribution from 50 HE librarians (current and non-users of KB+) whose feedback has been essential towards the collective success of this project.

A few highlights of the new user interface include;

Improved visual clarity introducing clear icons, colour based navigation and simplification of the terminology.

Displaying key licence properties alongside subscription information.

A goal oriented dashboard with an emphasis on KB+ expert tools, primary user tasks, and surfacing relevant content.

We are looking forward to hearing your feedback on the new interface. You can contact us either via the green support button in KB+ or emailing us at knowledgebaseplus@jisc.ac.uk.

UKSG17 Highlights

Photo of KB+ party

KB+ celebrates its 5 year anniversary

I was fortunate enough to attend the 2017 UKSG conference this year (recordings and slides from the conference are available online)

One of my highlights of the conference was the KB+ celebration we hosted on Monday evening. Thanks to all who attended, it was such a pleasure to be able to mark our 5 year anniversary with the community who have helped us build the service. We were treated to kind words from Liam Earney (Director of Jisc Collections) & Richard Parsons (Director, Library and Learning Centre, University of Dundee) on the impact KB+ has made to the e-resources landscape. We also had a sneak preview of the work on improving the KB+ user interface. In preparation for the celebration we also contacted the KB+ community to ask them to reflect on the service and we were able to share some of their thoughts too. (see our April Newsletter)

Another highlight was the breakout session on “KBART Recomendations: challenges & achievements”, which included presentations from Magaly and Chrissie as well as Julie Zhu from IEEE. From the early days KB+ has championed the need for standards to help with the management of e-resources and it was really interesting to hear about what progress has been made and what we can still do to help improve the situation. It was clear from the panel that while there needs some initial investment from all stakeholders in the e-resource chain the benefits, for example increased discoverability of content, continue to be worth it.

The final highlight of the conference was the people. From all the excellent speakers who generously shared their experiences and knowledge leaving me enthused, inspired and with a stack of further reading, to the serendipitous meeting of new people & exchanging new ideas and thoughts, to the opportunity of putting a face to a longstanding email relationship and finally the fun in spotting former and current colleagues on the dance floor. For me the heart of the UKSG conference is the community and I was grateful to be a part of it this year.

UKSG 2017

Next week is the UKSG 40th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Harrogate and I am really looking forward to attending this year. From my past experience, attending both in reality and virtually (via the live stream), I have always found this to be an interesting and thought provoking conference as well a great opportunity to meet people and discover new projects.

There are a number of Jisc sessions both on and off the main conference programme, full details available on the Jisc website.

For those attending the conference I wanted to highlight a few of the sessions which involve KB+.

Magaly and Chrissie are on a panel, joined by Julie Zhu from IEEE, talking about, ‘Knowledge Bases and related tools (KBART) recommendations: challenges and achievements’ on Tuesday 11 April at 16:00 and Wednesday 12 April at 11:00 (breakout session group D).

On Monday 10th April between 14.30-16.30 there will be someone from the KB+ team on the Jisc stand (84 & 85) in the exhibition hall so if you have any questions about the service do drop by for a chat.

In the evening on Monday 10th April at 17.30 KB+ is celebrating 5 years since the service was launched. So come and celebrate with us and hear more about what KB+ can offer; how the service is embracing new challenges and see a preview of the new user interface. Register for this special KB+ session via eventbrite.

Monthly Webinar – eBooks

In this months webinar we are looking at eBooks in KB+.

We have only recently starting adding eBook packages into KB+ and this 20 min recording covers:

  • The type of eBook packages currently available in KB+
  • The level of eBook information available in KB+
  • How to record an eBook subscription linking to a title list and licence
  • How to export an eBook title list from KB+
  • Which eBook agreements we are looking at next

Please do email knowledgebaseplus@jisc.ac.uk if you have any feedback or comments.

Investigation of training needs

You are invited to participate in a survey that forms part of a research project investigating the training needs of current and potential KB+ users.

The research is being conducted by Jo Alcock Consulting on behalf of the KB+ team.

The survey asks about your training needs as well as asking for feedback on current training materials. The full survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes of your time.

The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/kbplustraining and will remain open until Friday 10th February.
If you have any questions please contact jo@joalcock.co.uk

Monthly Webinar – 2017 title lists

This is the 10th in our monthly webinar series looking at how you can use KB+ to compare two title lists and identify additions and deletions.

Watch this 30 mins webinar for:

  • an overview of how we alert institutions to new 2017 packages being added to KB+
  • a summary of using the renewal comparison sheet to compare a 2016 title list with a 2017 title list
  • identifying additions and deletions in a multi year title list
  • using the ‘Compare Packages’ tool in KB+ to get an overview of packages.

Please do email knowledgebaseplus@jisc.ac.uk if you have any feedback on our current userguides, workshops and webinars and if there are any other topics you want us to cover.

Monthly Webinar – Marking Core Titles

This is the 9th in our monthly webinar series, in this recording we look at how you can mark titles as core in KB+.

Watch this 30 mins webinar for:

  • instruction on how core titles can be marked in KB+ and then shared with JUSP
  • information on how the KB+ team can bulk upload core title information for institutions
  • information on adding dates to core titles as a record to aid with Post Cancellation Access
  • instruction on marking single titles as core within KB+
  • viewing your core titles

We are always keen to hear from you on other types of support we can offer and suggestions for our next series of webinars.

Please do email knowledgebaseplus@jisc.ac.uk if you have any feedback on our current userguides, workshops and webinars and if there are any other topics you want us to cover.

Monthly Webinar – Support

This is the 8th in our monthly webinar series looking at what support is available in KB+ ranging from help answering basic queries to populating your account with your institutional data.

Watch this 40 mins webinar (excuse the long pauses) for:

  • an introduction to the KB+ Data Managers and how we can help
  • examples of common queries we are asked
  • an overview of our KB+ one day workshops
  • information on how we can save you time by populating your licence and subscription information into your account
  • information on how we can populate core title information for you

We are very keen to hear from you on other types of support we can offer and suggestions for our next series of webinars.

Please do email knowledgebaseplus@jisc.ac.uk if you have any feedback on our current userguides, workshops and webinars and if there are any other topics you want us to cover.

Monthly Webinar – To Dos

In July we had the 7th in our monthly webinar series looking at To Do’s which alert you to any changes to your licences and titles in KB+

Watch this 20mins webinar for:

  • Examples of the changes which trigger To Dos
  • They type of information To Dos can alert you to
  • How to manage the number of notifications received using Child/Parent
  • How to manage affiliation requests to your KB+ account

Monthly Webinar – Renewals

This is the 5th webinar in our monthly webinar series, today we looked Renewals. The renewals process in KB+ allows you to create a new subscription based on an existing subscription. It is useful to complete this process when subscriptions are due to expire in order that you have the correct title list for the duration of your subscription.

Watch this 30 mins webinar to discover;

  • how to add expiring and forthcoming title list to the ‘basket’ in order to generate a ‘comparison worksheet’
  • identify usage statistics per title from the comparison worksheet
  • identify additions and deletions within a package from the comparison worksheet
  • edit and uploading the worksheet to create a new subscription
  • navigate existing subscriptions to view ‘previous’ and ‘expected’ titles

Our next webinar will be on Wednesday June 29th at 11.00 and will be about Licence Comparisons, please email knowledgebaseplus@jisc.ac.uk for full details on joining.

 

Monthly Webinar – Package Comparison

This is the 4th webinar in our monthly webinar series, this month we are looking at the various tools available in KB+ which allow you to compare titles lists to help answer queries about what titles have joined/left a package, overlapping titles etc.

Watch this 30 mins webinar to discover;

  • how to use the package comparison tool to compare 2 titles lists for information on additions, deletions, updates and overlapping titles
  • how to use the package comparison tool to compare the same title list on 2 different dates
  • how to filter your subscribed title list to indicate which ones are available in 2 or more packages
  • how to use the comparison spread sheet to help with renewal decisions based on usage and information on titles entering/leaving a package
  • how to filter a title list to see transfers, expected and previous titles.

Our next webinar will be on the 25th May at 11.00 and is about Renewals, please email knowledgebaseplus@jisc.ac.uk for full details on joining.

 

Monthly Webinar – Subscriptions

The third webinar in our series looks at how you can use KB+ to record, manage and track e-resource subscriptions.

Click here to watch a 20min webinar where I look at;

  • recording different types of e-resource subscriptions in KB+, such as large collections, single titles, A&I databases etc.
  • creating a subscription in KB+
  • linking a package to a subscription (providing you with a list of titles)
  • the integration with JUSP allowing you to view JR1 statistics for a title within a subscription
  • using the advanced view to see which titles are expected in the package in the future and which have left the package.

Our next webinar will be on the 27th April at 14.00 and is about Package Comparisons, please email knowledgebaseplus@jisc.ac.uk for full details on joining.

 

Usability Workshops

The KB+ team has started working on the improvement of KB+ user interface to enhance user experience and usability. On the first phase of this work, we are carrying out some user research to try to understand the needs of our audiences better. Part of this research will consist of two user workshops with existing and new users.

Location and dates

There will be two usability workshops.

  • Manchester on Wednesday 27 April 2016 from 11.00-15.00
  • London on Tuesday 5th April 2016 from 11.00-15.00

You are welcome to join either the workshop in Manchester or  London. Each workshop will run with only a small number of participants from 11.00am to 15.00pm.

Some goals of the study include;

  • To try and understand the needs of our audiences better
  • To identify the key tasks that are being performed with KB+
  • To identify how users would like to see KB+ improved in the future

What should you expect?

An interesting interactive day whereby you are given the opportunity to put forward your ideas for the improvement of the user experience of this increasingly used application. The session will involve discussions, be quite hands on, interactive and hopefully enjoyable !

Please can you can you confirm your attendance to either workshop, including your chosen venue as soon as possible as places are limited to anita.martin@jisc.ac.uk. Once attendance has been confirmed directions to the venue will be sent out to you.

Monthly Webinar – Licences

We ran the second in our monthly webinar series focusing on different areas of KB+ and this weeks topic was licences.

Click here to watch the 50 mins webinar on licenses on KB+ where I talk about how you can store your licenses, view key properties, export useful information and use our comparison tools to help you identify what is permissible across different licences.

Following feedback from the community we have worked on improving existing licences functionality as well as introducing new features and this webinar attempts to cover the range of tools now available in KB+.

In this webinar I show:

  • How to add licences to your KB+ account, by copying from the knowledge base or adding a blank licence
  • How you can edit the key properties table within a licence to add your own properties
  • How to link to a subscription from the licence
  • How to search across the licences including filtering by properties and export this information
  • How to use the Licence Comparison Tool – comparing ONIX-PL licences
  • How to ‘Compare Licences (KB+ Licence Properties)

Our next webinar will be on the 23rd March at 11.00 and is about Subscriptions, please email knowledgebaseplus@jisc.ac.uk for full details on joining.

 

Checking for duplicate titles across entitlements

At a recent KB+ One Day Workshop there was some interest in how KB+ can be used for comparing journal packages, examples of potential use include checking for duplication of titles across different packages, identifying which titles are potential gains or loses when considering moving from one package to another, comparing your entitlements with a publisher title list etc.

There are a number of ways in which KB+ can help answer these questions and we have a series of blog posts covering the tools available. Our last posts looked at comparing a package over time and comparing one package with another.

For full details of all the features in KB+ please see our help section with user guides, use cases and webinar recordings.

Identifying duplicate titles across your entitlements

You can see a list of all the titles relating to the subscriptions you have recorded in KB+ by going to Institutions>(your institutions)>Titles. You can filter this’ list by selecting ‘Titles we subscribe to through 2 or more packages’ to see a list of those titles which appear in 2 or more packages including their coverage details.

all titles subscribed - with labels

Contact us at knowledgebaseplus@jisc.ac.uk if you require any support in using the tools I have mentioned above or if you have any examples using the comparison features in KB+ to share with the community.

We have recently added some new Use Cases showing how KB+ is currently being used across the community.

Comparing Journal Packages using renewals worksheet

At a recent KB+ One Day Workshop there was some interest in how KB+ can be used for comparing journal packages, examples of potential use include checking for duplication of titles across different packages, identifying which titles are potential gains or loses when considering moving from one package to another, comparing your entitlements with a publisher title list etc.

There are a number of ways in which KB+ can help answer these questions and we have a series of blog posts covering the tools available. The last post covered using the Comparison Tool to compare the same package over time or two different packages.

Comparing a journal package with one or more packages

You can compare a number of journal packages by using the Generate Renewals Worksheet, select Institutions > (your institution) > ‘Generate Renewals Worksheet’.

Search for the packages you wish to compare and click the ‘add basket button’ Once you have made your selection click ‘Generate Comparison Sheet’ for an excel spread sheet listing all the titles in the packages.

generate subscription sheet - with labels

You can edit this spread sheet in excel by adding Filters and then Filtering by colour for those columns with the package name as a heading. If you filter by colour ‘green’ for all the packages you will see the titles which are duplicated across the packages.

Comparing your journal entitlements with a package

The Renewals workflow (see user guide for full details and screenshots) allows you to compare one of your subscriptions with another package. This is similar to the process above whereby your subscription is added to the basket with another package and click on ‘Generate Comparison Sheet’. As above you can then edit this spread sheet to filter by colour to see which titles are in both packages (both cells will be green) and which titles are in one package but not the other.(one cell will be green the other blank). This could be useful for when you want to compare your titles against the latest publisher list to see if there are any new titles or any deletions, this could include titles that are transferring in or out of the publisher list.

Contact us at knowledgebaseplus@jisc.ac.uk if you require any support in using the tools I have mentioned above or if you have any examples using the comparison features in KB+ to share with the community.

We have recently added some new Use Cases showing how KB+ is currently being used across the community.