HEAnet LIRgroup Annual Seminar 30th March 2015

My notes from the LIR Annual Seminar, I also tweeted on the day from my own and the NPD Ireland account. full report available WHELF Shared library management system. Engine to provide further collaborative opportunities. Shared the procurement prices – managed by Cardiff university but all participated. Implementation – particular attention needed to introduce Welsh language. Connecting to institutional systems. WHELF were maybe ahead of the market in seeking a next generation lms. Suppliers might be more able to provide solution now.

15 – 28% discounts achieved by consortium. Welsh language facility very important and probably only achieved by having power of consortium.
Collaboration opportunities.
No duty on institutions to buy the chosen product until after the procurement process was completed. They could drop out.
SeeSearch Learning taking place on screens. Technology- new and emergent technologies. Design visualisation to underpin discovery Results are stratified by supplier, users are educated as to where their info is coming from. Can switch between media types/result types, getting articles, YouTube videos, online learning material etc. http://www.SeeSearch.ie Tested with national learning network students and their tutors. IADT using SeeSearch. Cloud hosted. Built from scratch, flat database structure. Analytics element, searches, queries, results used etc can all be tracked.
Discovery tools – Ronan Kennedy Accessing e-resources Primo – discovery solution Primo Implementation Group Sub group: interface group Vocal academic opposition to the radical change that Primo presented in contrast to Aleph. Was there time, space etc to train users. Tried to blend Aleph and Primo, maintain some of the past – this was a mistake.
Librarians want perfection – users just need good enough. Too much customisation can cause errors. Add-ons weren’t being used, reviews, tagging etc. LibQual, surprised at low rating for info control. Listening to the users to find out how much needs to be changed/where emphasis of change is needed. Feedback from students is on their interaction with system – not on the quality of information. Users de facto trust of library. We need to ensure the good, high quality research is discoverable.
Encore – TCD Interfiling of catalogue results and Ebsco results in real time. Link resolver configuration very important. Information Literacy benefits: freeing time to focus on evaluation of sources etc Metadata jumble, deduplication. Still working on relevancy ranking, how to ensure best quality. Relying on sometimes poor metadata from supplier. Can adjust weighting based on number of items available. Library staff can promote relevance of a record. Understanding the indexing that is used by Ebsco very useful so they know what tweaks to make to their own indexing in library catalogue. Facet rationalisation. What do the users understand when reading facet labels.
Panel 1
query origin Need for community pressure to have vendors respond to need for central indexing. Resources being left out. Database a-z very useful, as are subject portals etc. Still finding the balance that is right for info literacy. Meet them halfway, provide this simple solution, then hopefully later in academic path they will receive training/improve info literacy – particularly for their subject. Must assume most basic ability. We assume literacy, info literacy and computer literacy not all are necessarily very high.
Utrecht University Library – a library without a catalogue?
utrech google scholar Shift from discovery to delivery of resources Does it matter where users find information? In 2002 built own discovery tool – Omega. Far more searches originating in Google Scholar Since 2012 have focused on shutting down Omega and improving delivery. Communication vital in process Explain why shutting down Omega, and offer better solutions. Redesigned library site to accommodate these changes. Java bookmarklet – login for off site access. Use of scholarly sources continuing to rise. SFX knowledge base offered to G Scholar and Scopus. Easy authentication is key for off campus access. Moving towards supporting publishing etc Rethink the way you can deliver value to the users. Special Collections access and findability is main issue to challenge. Phasing out OPAC as books can be found in other ways. Still need a management system, this needs to be reviewed.
Maynooth – Summon Imported client profile from UL, and selected IReL databases. Original configuring of data was complex, now is more automated.Focus groups to gauge student experience. Feedback needed to improve and make further changes.

UCD, James Malloy, Instruction & Summon Opportunity to reduce the number of library tutorials offered on using the library. Summon – so intuitive why do tutorials? 3 tutorials: Captivate. Made very quickly, kept simple. Links to tutorials on home page and and on library welcome page for new students. Small number of manageable tutorials to assist users and ensure other areas of info lit are covered.

Carlow IT, Summon Full text linking problems. Width/depth of coverage Indexing – volume of metadata and demand on system has caused problems. Better metadata and information on resources just included needed.

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