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June 20 2012 - 17:00
June 21 2012 - 00:00

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 the UKSG Introduction to Journals and E-Resources Today, a one-day seminar run in a variety of locations which covers all aspects of the serials and e-resources industry and features an introductory technical session.  If you are not completely new to 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:  £195.00 + £39.00 VAT [20%] (total £234.00) 
Non-members:   £245.00 + £49.00 VAT [20%] (total £294.00)

The fee includes refreshments and lunch.


Conference Room
Causewayside Building
National Library of Scotland
33 Salisbury Place
EH9 1SL     

Tel.: 0131 623 3312 (Security, Main Entrance)

Course presenters

The course is presented by Simon Inger and Tracy Gardner from Renew Training who between them have over 40 years' experience in scholarly publishing.

Feedback from ERTU courses held in 2011

“Was very good in terms of overview, coverage and level of explaining things."

"The presenters were great – extremely knowledgable and approachable."

"Excellently organised, engaging presentations."

"Good review of e-content provider platforms and good coverage of how linking works."

“Excellent!  This is the most useful course I have ever attended.” 

Course content

Please refer to the day's schedule for times.  The course is continually updated, but core content will include:

Classifying E-Resources
• Identifying the major players involved in e-resource provision
• The differences between gateways, platforms, publisher websites, aggregators, search engine-based gateways and library gateways.

Reader Behaviour
• Where do users choose to begin their research?
• What are the differences in preferred starting points for researchers and undergraduates?
• Advances in user navigation.

Managing User Navigation
• 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 web scale discovery
• Accessing Open Access content.

Managing Authentication
• User authentication methodologies
• IP address ranges, proxies and firewalls
• Athens, federated access and Shibboleth
• OpenID developments.

How to book

Please note the closing date for this course has now passed.   For further information please contact Karen Sadler by email or by telephone: +44 (0)1865 310834

Venue location details will be sent with confirmation of booking.


By Wednesday 13 June 2012 - full refund
From Thursday 14 June 2012 - no refund

NB:  UKSG 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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