Our special edition newsletter celebrating 5 years of KB+ with comments from the community and a time line of how the service has developed over the years.
In the feedback we have been gathering we are aware of the inclusion of aggretated full text title list in KB+ being a clear priority for a number of you.
The key challenges are how to manage packages in KB+ where there is both a very large number of titles and on-going change to the titles. From initial investigations we have found;
- Because ISSNs are often missing (ISSN is an essential identifier to help us guarantee data quality) it would be difficult to load all of the content from an aggregator into KB+
- Because of the contradictions between the data already in the KB+ system and data from aggregators, which means a lot of manual verification, the inclusion of aggregator title lists will be time consuming and potentially come at a cost to other important activities
We would now welcome your input on the best approach to for us to take in order to meet your requirements:
- Should we only upload journals and magazines (excluding the non-journal/magazine material such as conference proceedings and grey literature)?
- Should we only upload material that has an ISSN. This will include journals, magazines, conference proceedings, etc.?
- Should we only upload a set of “preferred titles”. The list of “preferred titles” would have to be provided by institutions?
In addition, the team is looking for recommendations on which collections are more relevant to institutions
We would welcome your feedback in helping us to decide workflows and set priorities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As KB+ is taken on by more institutions, many of whom were not part of early discussions about preferred workflows and interface layout, it’s very important that we work with libraries to take on feedback and ideas – and also that we have the resources to act on those inputs.
This year’s budget makes provision for this in Releases 4.1 (after Easter) and 4.2 (in the summer).
To be sure we understand your priorities, we will be holding focus groups in three locations in early March as follows. We will cover the following topics at all 3 focus groups
- Management of Issue Entitlements, including package change, renewals, ‘To do’ alerts and JUSP integration
- Licensing & Subscriptions processes
- Potential for inclusion of financial information
- Wednesday, 5thMarch – Central London – Jisc Offices, Meeting Room 2, Brettenham House North, 5 Lancaster Place, London WC2E 7EN.
- Thursday 6th March – Central Manchester –Mimas, the University of Manchester, 5th Floor Roscoe Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL.
- Thursday 13th March – Central belt, Scotland – Causewayside Building, National Library of Scotland.
In order to save your time at the events, we will already have scheduled improvements to address a number of cosmetic and operational ‘irritations’ that users and data managers have reported.
Whilst these meetings are geared to taking feedback and ideas from users with experience of the KB+ system, any academic library is welcome to send one or two delegates.
The meetings will take place from 11am to 3.30pm to allow for travel and will be attended by members of the development and data management teams plus colleagues from JUSP.
In order to finalise dates at appropriate venues, please email email@example.com with your interest in attending or sending colleagues, indicating your preferred meeting(s). On that basis, we’ll finalise dates by 1st February so you can make firm bookings.