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November 10 2009 - 10:00
November 10 2009 - 16:00

About the Event

Course summary

Many of us working directly with e-resources in libraries would like to feel more confident in our understanding of the related technology.  Managing e-resources and making them available to end-users is quite different from dealing with print products, but many of us have moved from one to the other, picking up expertise informally.  As a result we probably all have gaps in our knowledge and understanding, and the need to gain a proper balanced overview of the technical environment is crucial if we are to do our jobs effectively.

The UKSG E-Resources Technical Update course will give you a good understanding of the underlying technicalities involved in e-resource set-up and delivery including e-journals, online databases and e-books, and will help you feel more confident in your day-to-day work.

Why you should attend

The course will be invaluable for anyone from a non-technical background working with
e-journals and other e-resources.  The atmosphere of the day will be friendly and supportive and participants will be encouraged to share any issues or problems they encounter in their work.

Course level and previous knowledge required

It is recommended that those completely new to dealing with journals should first attend UKSG’s introductory course on e-resources and serials, a one-day course run in a variety of locations which covers all aspects of the serials industry and includes an introductory technical session.  If you are not completely new to dealing with journals no previous knowledge is required.

Learning objectives

• Learn how to overcome common problems in implementing e-resources
• Have the tools to help you decide the best way of setting up access to e-resources in your institution/organisation
• Be confident that you understand the technical landscape when dealing with
e-resource providers.


UKSG members    £175.00 + £26.25 VAT (total £201.25)
Non-members     £235.00 + £35.25 VAT (total £270.25)
The fee includes refreshments and lunch.


The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (Library)
1 Carlton House Terrace

Tel.:  020 7451 7300 (Reception)

Feedback from previous courses held in 2009

"It met needs that I didn't know I had, especially on e-books."

"Good coverage on all aspects, and the technical aspects were well explained for the lay person."

"Very thorough coverage of technology affecting libraries."

"Excellent interaction and commentary - well done."

"This course covered lots of things that I sort of thought I knew but was never quite sure.  It's all fallen into place now, so thanks!"

Course content

The course will be continually updated, but core content will include:

The E-Resource Environment: An Overview
• Identifying the major players involved in e-resource provision
• The differences between gateways, platforms, publisher web sites, aggregators, search engine-based gateways and library gateways.

E-Resource Discovery
• Where do users choose to begin their research?
• What are the differences in preferred starting points for researchers and undergraduates?

Access Control and User Authentication
• Definition of terms – authentication, authorisation, access control
• User authentication methodologies
• IP address ranges, proxies and firewalls
• Athens, Athens DA, digital certificates and Shibboleth
• Identity 2.0 developments.

Library Technology in E-Resource Management and Discovery
• Linking through URL and OpenURL, the development and importance of Link Servers
• The role of library web pages, OPACs, A-Z lists, Federated Search and administration/admin. tools.

The Future of User Navigation to E-Resources
• Technologies that are enabling gateways of the future: RSS feeds, blogs, collaborative authoring, professional networking technologies.

How to book

This course is now fully booked.  For further information, please contact Karen Sadler at UKSG by e-mail: or by telephone: +44 (0)1865 310834.


By Monday 2 November 2009 - full refund
From Tuesday 3 November 2009 - no refund

NB:  UK Serials Group reserves the right to alter or vary the programme
due to events or circumstances beyond its reasonable control without
being obliged to refund monies.


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