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1 Developing European Library Services in Changing Times Dr Paul Ayris Director of UCL Library Services and UCL Copyright Officer President of LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) Web: UCL LIBERUCLLIBER 10 th Anniversary special EISZ Consortium Members Meeting 2 December 2011, Budapest, Hungary

2 Contents 1.Economic crisis and the impact on library budgets 2.Shared Cataloguing – the Next Generation 3.European Research Area – libraries as research infrastructure 4.Conclusions

3 Economic crisis and the impact on library budgets In the current economic crisis, what should libraries do? Joint Procurement Collaborate to innovate through Shared Services Fundraising Contracts to run new services for third parties EU Project funding / national project funding Philanthropic funding Secure the robustness of your management information, so that all your decisions are evidence-based

4 Joint Procurement JISC Collections procures digital content for UK HE JISC Electronic Information Resources Working Group acts as Steering Group for this activity JISC Collections oversees Big Deal purchases for the Higher and Further Education communities Rationale is that the bigger the consortium which comes to the table, the bigger the saving that can be made Efficiency gains of £50 million for members in

5 Recent successes Hardline negotiation with academic publishers One publisher wanted c. 25% increase in one year Average price increases being negotiated is c % a year Explicitly because of the economic downturn New features to negotiated deals Single payment, with JISC Collections paying the invoice to the publisher and collecting the dues from participants, who opt in to the deal Invoices being paid in £ sterling, not euros

6 Contents 1.Economic crisis and the impact on library budgets 2.Shared Cataloguing – the Next Generation 3.European Research Area – libraries as research infrastructure 4.Conclusions

7 The Problem Our key finding is that the current arrangements for producing and distributing bibliographic data for both books and journals involve duplications of efforts, gaps in the available data, and missed opportunities....[T]here would be considerable benefits if libraries, and other organisations in the supply chain, were to operate more at the network level.

8 Open and Linked Data The Open Knowledge Foundation identifies a number of advantages to libraries opening up their bibliographic data: Shared cataloguing New services Linked Data refers to a set of Best Practices for connecting structured data on the web

9 Open and Linked Data Library catalogue becomes re-positioned in terms of its relationship to the wider context of the web, and the social network of links that the web represents Benefits to a shared approach Cost savings Improved access

10 Recommendations Best solution is for a cloud-based implementation to stand in for both local and central management of systems Local library management functions Centrally shared metadata catalogue (community zone) Metadata issues will need to be addressed Duplication of records for same item needs to be replaced by concept of Master record

11 Recommendations RLUK databases need to be re-positioned in the wider context of the web Expand coverage to include new media types, e.g. blogs, wikis, Open Access content, E-Books Shared cataloguing service reduces the footprint of local library management system and so will re-define how libraries work

12 Recommendations Top-level Recommendations That funding is identified to investigate the requirements and feasibility of a shared UK cataloguing service To co-sponsor with the JISC a full cost-benefit analysis of providing an overall, above-campus shared cataloguing system solution

13 Contents 1.Economic crisis and the impact on library budgets 2.Shared Cataloguing – the Next Generation 3.European Research Area – libraries as research infrastructure 4.Conclusions

14 LERU Roadmap Towards Open Access A consortium of 22 research-intensive universities in Europe See LERU is committed to Education through an awareness of the frontiers of human understanding Creation of new knowledge through basic research, which is the ultimate source of innovation in society Promotion of research across a broad front, which creates a unique capacity to re-configure activities in response to new opportunities and problems The purpose of the League is to advocate these values, to influence policy in Europe and to develop best practice through mutual exchange of experience

15 LERU LERU wanted to know what position, if any, it should take on the Open Access debate General meeting of LERU Chief Information Officers/University Librarians in December 2009 Appointed a Working Group to draw up a LERU Roadmap towards Open Access Road Map was considered by LERU Vice-Chancellors at their meetings in London (2009) and Paris (2010) Launched in Brussels on 17 June 2011

16 LERU Purpose of the Roadmap is to offer guidance on how to position your University in the European Open Access landscape Builds on the Open Access Statement of the European Universities Association See innovation/Open-Access.aspxhttp://www.eua.be/eua-work-and-policy-area/research-and- innovation/Open-Access.aspx A Roadmap for all European Universities, not just LERU members

17 LERU Open Access in a wider context: Open Scholarship and Open Knowledge The Green route for Open Access – Steps to Take LERU and the Gold route for Open Access Models of Best Practice to support the Roadmap Benefits for researchers, Universities and Society LERU is considering European E-Press developments Agreed at Workshop on 28 November 2011 to consider pan- European infrastructure for LERU members interested in Open Access Publishing

18 Contents 1.Economic crisis and the impact on library budgets 2.Shared Cataloguing – the Next Generation 3.European Research Area – libraries as research infrastructure 4.Conclusions

19 Conclusions Economic crisis is an opportunity as well as a threat Collaboration through Shared Services is a way forward Libraries have to re-position themselves in the Information Landscape in order to stay relevant RLUKs Shared Cataloguing Initiative a model for future development Open Access is part of the European research infrastructure Libraries playing a leading role in taking this forward

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