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.

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JUSP Statistics for a Single Title in KB+

KB+ and JUSP are continuing to collaborate, work undertaken in our recent release is a step towards further integration around the area of marking up core titles.

From our focus group several people asked for the ability to download JUSP statistics for a single title and this has been added to our list for possible future enhancements.

In the meantime our Technical Authority and User Functionality Lead, Owen Stephens has shared a work around which allows you to download the statistics as a CSV file.

Owen has written a ‘bookmarklet’ – this is a browser bookmark that instead of taking you to a specific page can instead carry out a function on the page you are currently viewing. In this case the bookmarklet creates a csv file containing the JUSP statistics. It will only work when you are viewing a ‘Issue Entitlement’ page with the JUSP statistics displaying.

The bookmarklet and instructions on how to add it to your browser are available at http://demonstrators.ostephens.com/kbplus/jusp-stats-bookmarklet.html

See below for a short video demonstrating the bookmarklet

Knowledge Base PLUS Newsletter

Knowledge Base PLUS Newsletter (April 2014)

The newsletter will keep you updated with news related to Knowledge Base+, details of events we are running and aspects of KB+ functionality. The Knowledge Base PLUS Newsletter will be issued quarterly.

PDF Knowledge Base PLUS Newsletter

 

Making the most of JUSP

JUSPI was pleased to be invited to attend a ‘Making the most out of JUSP’ KB+workshop to talk about how JUSP and KB+ have been working together. It was a really useful day in terms of gaining a better understanding of the benefits JUSP provides to institutions and also how they have worked in building an engaged and enthusiastic community. I was also pleased to be able to chat about e-resources with librarians, something I never tire of.

The day started with a presentation from Tim Peacock, from the University of Derby and their experience of using JUSP, his talk concluded with some questions which were a useful springboard for discussion amongst the table with regards how they use JUSP, who in the institution they need to share the data with etc. Tim noted that the content coverage in JUSP does not cover all the titles which they subscribe to, this is also the case for KB+ and I can see an opportunity to work together to help prioritise and increase our knowledge base coverage.

JUSP provided practical exercises for groups to work through which highlight the available reports, features and functionality of the system. Judging from the animated discussion and buzz in the room these exercises were really successful and is something I think would be useful to try with KB+.

For my presentation I talked about our similar core foundations in terms of both being a shared service and the importance of collaboration with the community to create systems fit for need. JUSP and KB+ grew from a need to help tackle challenges faced across many institutions and in providing a national solution we offer the opportunity to reduce time and effort.

The need for integration between KB+ and JUSP has  been echoed in both communities so I was pleased to demonstrate how you can view JR1 stats in KB+ and also that JUSP are making use of the title lists created in KB+. We have further plans for more effective data sharing between the systems, including aiming to allow institutions to only mark up titles in one system and then sharing this with the other system which again will hopefully save time and effort.

The day ended with a recap of some of the new developments in JUSP including a website refresh, the introduction of Usage Profiling, Counter 4 and discussions with vendors regarding interoperability between systems and use of the JUSP API.

An enjoyable and useful day which I hope is the start of more joint events. Presentations from the day will shortly be available from the JUSP website.

Recommendations from the HIKE project

I enjoyed reading the following article in the latest SCONUL newsletter The HIKE project: evaluating Intota and KB+ for the UK marketplace by Amy Devenney, Graham Stone. I was fortunate enough to attend the Jisc HIKE Project Workshop which I blogged about here and the work undertaken by Huddersfield has been extremely valuable in helping develop and shape KB+ into a system that works for libraries.

I was really pleased to see the following quote

“we firmly believe that KB+ will reduce duplication of staff time and effort in the population and on-going maintenance of individual knowledge and will foster shared community and partnership to reduce the amount of work undertaken by each institution”

as one of the key principles for KB+ is about saving peoples time. Working with the community has also been core to the development of KB+ and am looking forward to gathering more feedback and ideas from our upcoming focus groups.

It was encouraging to see how many of the recommendations from the article have been integrated into KB+, such as;

  • The ability to view a licence from the subscription which was in our recent release
  • The addition of JUSP statistics viewable within KB+ and in the renewal spreadsheet. We are committed to working with JUSP to ensure interoperability and integration, the results from the recent JUSP survey also indicated a keen interest from the community.
  • In release 3.3 we began to load ONIX licences into KB to allow you to view and compare usage terms. Work continues on loading licences and enhancing the ‘license comparison’ function.
  • We continue to work with vendors including Proquest (Serials Solutions) and there is now a Serials Solution format in KB+ to allow you to export data. We have not however established an API but are keen to gather feedback on the value this potentially provides so please do email us at kbplus@jisc-collections.ac.uk

I think the recommendation to other HE institutions to ‘fully embed KB+ into the journal workflow’ is really valuable and provides a good starting point on how to make the best use of KB+.

Webinar for KB+ release 3.3

If you would like to see some of the new features of release 3.3 in action, hear more about how KB+ and JUSP are working together and other exciting future developments please take a look at the recording of last weeks webinar.

https://jisccollections.webex.com/jisccollections/ldr.php?AT=pb&SP=MC&rID=24984732&rKey=c3fd8622087707dc

The webinar starts with an introduction from Liam highlighting how KB+ has grown over the last couple of years in both content and features. A focus for the future includes building on communication and collaboration including highlighting how KB+ can be integrated into library workflows.

Owen provides a live demo of the system covering the basics such as adding licenses and subscriptions while showing some of the systems new features.

Jo talks about the benefits of JUSP and KB+ working together and the importance of getting feedback and ideas from the community on how we develop the systems further

The webinar ends with David talking about possible future developments including work with GoKB and the investigation into ebooks and whether or not KB+ could offer a solution.

KB+ and JUSP

KB+ and JUSP

One of the new features of release 3.3 in KB+ is the inclusion of JUSP JR1 and JR1a statistics. You can view the statistics by selecting one of your subscriptions, clicking on the title and scroll down. Please note, statistics are only available for those packages which are also part of JUSP.

We hope this information will help with the renewal process and therefore when you generate a comparison worksheet from KB+ you will also get the current year (plus previous 4 years) worth of statistics. Details on how to generate a compartions worksheet are available at https://knowledgebaseplus.wordpress.com/kb-support/renewing-a-subscription/the-comparison-basket/

Screenshot of comparison basket spreadsheet

We are continuing to work closely with JUSP and look forward to developing further integration. As reported in the latest JUSP newsletter there will also be a joint JUSP & KB+ Community Advisory Group meeting.

As always we would welcome your feedback on this new feature so please get in touch just click on the Support button in KB+

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