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)

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.

KB+ eBooks Decision Support Development Workshop

I recently attended an ebooks workshop focusing on developing a tool as part of KB+ which would provide ebook decision support, providing useful information on ebook platforms to support purchasing decisions and helpdesk queries. This work follows on from the ebook jisc co-design project and provided an opportunity to comment and provide feedback on this potential support tool,

From the report, anecdotal evidence, surveys etc. it was clear that the selection, provision, delivery and management of ebooks for libraries comes with a number of challenges. The ebook report refers to them as ‘pain points’  examples include being bound by DRM, inability to print, download etc. It was also interesting to hear what new challenges were beginning to rise such as how data migrates in changes of platforms, improving navigation to content etc.

The focus of this workshop related to collating the appropriate data for evaluating the available platforms. University of Hull had created a useful spreadsheet noting different criteria across a number of ebooks platforms, for example what devices is the platform compatible with, does it work with speech recognition software etc. The Northern Collaboration have also done work along the same lines, building on all this work and in discussion with other institutions the team were able to put together a prototype of a potential tool using the foundation of KB+/GOKb. This tool allowed you to either filter by category to see a list of platform that match your requirement or alternatively identify a package/platform and then view its criteria.

During the workshop there was a lot of discussion on what type of data would be useful to collect and who should be responsible for collating the data.

It was encouraging to see that the core foundations KB+ was built on, such as collaboration, sharing information and de-duplicating efforts, continues to be used in this new ebook development. There was also some positive feedback during the workshop on KB+’s approach with regards to being able to gather together common issues and talk to the publishers/vendors on behalf of the community.

I left the workshop with a better understanding of how collating and sharing this information on a national scale not only helps institutions in saving time and resource but also in terms of analysing the data and identify what improvements are needed in this landscape.