I had a fascinating day at the Jisc HIKE project workshop last Tuesday organised by Dave Patten, Graham Stone and colleagues from Huddersfield University. I was asked to talk about KB+ alongside presentations on Intota by Jane Burke from Serials Solutions and on the JISC HIKE project from Graham and Dave. A write up from the day will be available on the JISC HIKE project blog so please keep your eyes peeled if you are interested in library services platforms and future developments in this area.
From a KB+ point of view it was interesting to hear from staff working in libraries about the need for greater integration with other systems. I am pleased to say the KB+ team are already working with institutions to gain a good understanding of their requirements in terms of integration and data sharing between systems.
Libraries were keen to hear how KB+ fits into common library workflows. KB+ already has recently released support for a ‘renewals’ workflow, and we are interested to get feedback on how well this works for libraries, and what other common workflows need to be supported.
In Jane’s presentation she noted the shift in libraries collections from print to electronic and how libraries are dealing with more and more electronic resources. Managing the information about these resources is essential and with Intota they have begun developing a knowledge base from scratch building on their experience. KB+ has also had the opportunity to build a knowledge base from scratch and is learning from this process. The data model for the Knowledge base, and the data in the Knowledge base are both subject to continual review and improvement as we work with institutions to ensure KB+ meets their requirements.
It will be interesting to see as the systems develop the potential for integration. Encouragingly Intota will be working with common standards such as KBART which is also a key principle of KB+
Another key principle to KB+ is the notion of do the work once and share. Learning more out about services such as Intota and being open and sharing the title lists we have worked on I think is important in helping us find a way in with systems can integrate to the benefit of our customers. The concept of community collaboration has been at the heart of KB+ from the very start. At the recent KB+ meeting in London, we presented a vision for how KB+ would support collaboration, and got feedback from attendees on what features they saw as important in this area. The KB+ development team are now assessing different approaches to supporting collaboration and are also working closely with the GOKb project to understand how such collaboration might work at a global level
I think libraries are facing interesting times with new products such as library platform services, discovery tools and even KB+ entering the market and we hope our collaborative approach will help make it a less bumpy ride.