UKSG E-Resources Technical Update: Belfast

22 Jun 2016

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 within the business and technology constraints has become the mainstay of information provision.  This course provides attendees with a balanced overview of the technical environment which 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 (subscription-based or OA), online databases, datasets, and e-books, and will help you feel more confident in your day-to-day work.

Why you should attend

ERTU has become a standard part of the training programme for many e-resources librarians in the UK and beyond and is considered invaluable for anyone working with journals and other e-resources.

Course level and previous knowledge required

If you are an early-year professional, it is recommended that you 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 journals and e-resources industry.  Otherwise 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:  £200.00 + £40.00 VAT [20%] (total £240.00) 
Non-members:   £250.00 + £50.00 VAT [20%] (total £300.00)

The fee includes refreshments and lunch.


Riddel Hall (Lecture Room 2)
Queen's University Belfast
185 Stranmillis Road

Tel.: 02890 975664

Course presenters

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

Feedback from ERTU courses held in 2015

“Excellent training and update, highly recommended, filled with all the essentials needed."

"The presenters were the best I've encountered anywhere.  It was inspirational.  The sessions covered a huge area and it was all clear, extremely interesting and a lot of fun."

"The topics gave me a good understanding of technical terms used."

"The sessions were jam packed with valuable tips and inside information."

Course content

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

Types of E-Resources
•    Identifying the major players involved in e-resource provision
•    The differences between resource discovery, publisher websites, aggregators, search engines and library web pages

Resource Discovery
•    Where do users choose to begin their research?
•    Advances in user navigation
•    Semantic web and text mining

Managing Reader Navigation
•    Linking through URL and OpenURL, the development and importance of Link Servers
•    The role of library web pages, A-Z lists, A&Is and Resource Discovery Services

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

How to book

Booking for this course has now closed.  For further information please contact Karen Sadler by email or phone +44 (0)1865 310834.

Venue location details will be sent with confirmation of booking.


By Tuesday 14 June 2016 - full refund
From Wednesday 15 June 2016 - 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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