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1 What’s new? A fast skate on thin ice

2 The pace of change  A true story  An economics lecture

3 What is document supply today? A spectrum Book/serial on shelf Books/serials available electronically Free on the internet Full open access

4 BLDSC 

5 Big Deals  Now widespread, flexible and sticky  But price pressure is relentless  And much material is unused: Spanish research consortium Spanish research consortium OhioLink OhioLink

6 Journal usage  “Most articles are read only by the author and their mother” True or false?  Research sends mixed messages  45%-73% of titles unused  BUT rational use of document supply more difficult because of pricing

7 E books  A ‘killer app’ – a long time coming.  Still a niche market  BUT mass digitisation

8 Mass digitisation of books  55 million books  1 million every year (OCLC)  Project Gutenberg – 17,000  Microsoft - 100,000 from BL  Open Content Alliance – 150,000  Google – 10 million?  OCLC’s NetLibrary – 100,000  Marketing and readership?  A small study – BLDSC non current books

9 Retrospective conversion  250,000 serial titles  Started with JSTOR  Elsevier  BUT pace is accelerating – Springer, Sage, OUP etc  Researchers’ attitudes  Impact on library budgets

10 Document suppliers  British Library: mixed experience in last 5 years  INIST – French only except Articlescience  SUBITO – Legal saga  CISTI – No obvious way to search for articles without registering  INFOTRIEVE – Commercial and innovative  Publishers – PPV  Google and Google Scholar

11 Performance – an amateur’s experience  Articles by Mike McGrath in Interlending & Document Supply (19)  BL = one – on vacuum pumps  INIST = three  CISTI = none  SUBITO – no article search engine  INFOTRIEVE = 2001 profile in DSC news - for US$22!  GoogleScholar – 19 hits – all articles captured and easy to use – and most available via BL Direct! (But not direct from BL site!)

12 Copyright and DRM  EU ‘harmonisation’ of copyright law  Significant shift of power towards the publishers using DRM.

13 Open Access  The elephant in the library  Caution needed as emotions are high  Majority of authors are hostile to OA – true or false?  UK government policy  BUT RCUK, Wellcome and JISC are requiring deposit from Autumn  BUT using the ‘author pays’ model

14 Costs  Lack of understanding about when document supply should be used  Peter Shepherd – COUNTER – compares the average cost of article with the cost of DS.  Cost of low use articles is relevant to DS

15 SUNCAT  A union catalogue for the UK holdings of serials  History of failed projects  Hats off to EDINA  90% coverage achieved – 98%? envisaged

16 Two failures  Docusend – An attempt at a one stop shop for document supply. Technology and cost appear to be the main reasons for failure  Monograph interlending – failed on cost?

17 Resource sharing – public libraries  Long history of disunity (1993-)  LASER, WALES and East Midlands versus the rest  OCLC bought Viscount – possibility of unity re established  Not to be. OCLC won the Combined regions tender and TALIS are going it alone.  Different business models  OCLC has 75% and TALIS 25%  Future unclear.


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