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1 Serving the interests of e-resource users in Research, Higher and Further Education Libraries JIBS Enhancement Groups Sue Cumberpatch JIBS Chair

2 Serving the interests of e-resource users in Research, Higher and Further Education Libraries JIBS - history Started as an enhancement group – BIDS User Group – in 1991 –Single provider This is now one of the JIBS-supported enhancement groups – the Web of Science Enhancement Committee Expanded to include all nationally-licenced databases and providers --- JIBS

3 Serving the interests of e-resource users in Research, Higher and Further Education Libraries JIBS - now Represents users of resources available via various national agreements – JISC, CHEST, independent providers Membership base is users and librarians in HE, FE and research councils The types of resource JIBS represents have also extended beyond bibliographic material to all electronic content of interest to our user community

4 Serving the interests of e-resource users in Research, Higher and Further Education Libraries The Enhancement Groups Some are called User Group Some established by providers, who invite JIBS to take part. Others initiated by JIBS Meet usually two or three times a year, also have active mailing lists. JIBS members request input via various lists e.g. lis-jibs-users, lis-link JIBS representatives report to JIBS committee meetings Summary reports on JIBS website

5 Serving the interests of e-resource users in Research, Higher and Further Education Libraries What the groups do Have confidential access to pre-release versions of software and other updates - to comment on and suggest changes, which are taken on board JIBS reps raise issues fed to them by users Providers use JIBS reps as avenue to users, for suggestions and publicity Dont discuss pricing

6 Serving the interests of e-resource users in Research, Higher and Further Education Libraries Some examples of issues addressed WoSEC –Persuaded ThomsonReuters to tweak recent amendments to WoK, to make it clearer to users which database they are using, and to be able to select a database earlier in the session rather than starting off in All Databases –Keep reminding ThomsonReuters to include export to RefWorks format in WoS/WoK – ongoing! OvidSP Group –Input to content and coverage of databases e.g. Evidence- based medicine reviews –Protecting the needs of "power searchers" while end-user basic search is developing; incremental enhancements following original OvidSP release

7 Serving the interests of e-resource users in Research, Higher and Further Education Libraries Current Groups WoSEC – may become ThomsonReuters Group BSOL – British Standards EBSCO IBSS Intute – new chair needed. Volunteers? OvidSP MDL – Elsevier chemical databases Scopus

8 Serving the interests of e-resource users in Research, Higher and Further Education Libraries Potential new groups Other providers (may already have a group) –Proquest –CSA E-book providers? Do not cover ejournals (leave that to UKSG)

9 Serving the interests of e-resource users in Research, Higher and Further Education Libraries Other JIBS liaison activity Meets at least once a year with reps from JISC Collections, Eduserv CHEST, EDINA and MIMAS JIBS reps sit on various JISC working groups and other national groups: –Journals W G –E-books W G –Visual and Sound Materials Demo Project (ex Images W G) –JISC Geospatial WG –Library Advisory W G –(Online Film & Sound WG - awaiting next stage of development) –JISC E-books Observatory Project –On Management Boards of MIMAS and EDINA –RESCOLINC and SCONUL representation

10 Serving the interests of e-resource users in Research, Higher and Further Education Libraries Comments/suggestions? Should we be aiming towards standardisation in interfaces? Is Googlisation inevitable? Lowest-common denominator? Separation of data and software – is this possible or desirable? Difference between undergrad and PhD level users – how to address this?

11 Serving the interests of e-resource users in Research, Higher and Further Education Libraries Let us know Any suggestions for new groups or for interface standards, please


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