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2 - 4 April 2001


This year the group sessions will comprise nine workshops and nine briefing sessions running concurrently on Monday afternoon, and repeated on Tuesday morning and again on Tuesday afternoon. Delegates can attend a different workshop or briefing session at each of these three times and are requested to indicate their preferences on the delegate booking form. As the workshops will be generally practical and participative in nature, attendance will be limited to 20. Briefing sessions will be more akin to lectures, allowing larger numbers to be accommodated, although delegates will still have the opportunity for questions and discussion. (W = workshop, BS = briefing session)

  1. (BS) EEVL: context and content
  2. Roddy MacLeod and Linda Kerr, EEVL, the Hub for Engineering, Mathematics and Computing, Heriot-Watt University Library

    The DNER, the RDN, EEVL, Hubs, Gateways and Portals - how do they all fit together and what do they do? This briefing session will place EEVL in context, and will also look at some examples of the types of resources included in EEVL.

  3. (BS) Electronic copyright issues
  4. Judy Watkins, British Library

    This session will look at some of the copyright concerns which are limiting the ability of libraries to fully embrace new technology. The EU Draft Copyright Directive will be examined to see how far it addresses these concerns and what its implementation may mean for information suppliers.

  5. (BS) Winning deals: modelling and economic evaluation of National Electronic Site Licence Initiative (NESLI) offers
  6. Eric Davies, LISU, Loughborough University

    The National Electronic Site Licence Initiative (NESLI) seeks to promote the widespread delivery and use of electronic journals in UK higher education. Its basis is the development of collective agreements between academic libraries and publishers through which serials are made available as 'package deals'. The deals offered vary according to publisher and need to be carefully evaluated in relation to institutional needs and budgets. The briefing will draw on the macro-modelling work undertaken by LISU.

  7. (W) E-journals and library management systems: what librarians want, what systems can offer
  8. Steve Oberg, Endeavor Information Systems Inc

    Effective management of e-journals is a major concern for libraries these days, as they rely more and more on providing access to an increasing array of e-journals in response to customer demands for 'instant access' to content, especially full text content. Does the library management system that libraries have in place facilitate good management of e-journals, or is it instead an ineffective tool in this regard? This workshop will focus on this issue by examining several current library management systems from the perspective of e-journal management. Participants will come away with a better understanding of what current systems can offer, as well as where they need to be improved to meet the changing needs of libraries and their users.

  9. (W) Licensing serials - an interactive workshop
  10. John Cox, John Cox Associates

    This workshop will present the issues that have proved contentious between publishers and libraries, and indicate possible resolutions to them, using examples and input from attendees. The legal context will be examined, and the reasons for such legalese as warranties and indemnities will be discussed. Those who attend will leave with a renewed sense of ownership and participation in negotiation and in setting out its results in legal terms.

  11. (W) Licensing issues
  12. Sally Morris, Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers

    The licensing process consumes time and money for both libraries and publishers. Certain key issues always hold up negotiations, and there are various model licences which can help to resolve these problems. Working together, whether as libraries (e.g. in consortia) or as publishers, and/or involving intermediaries such as subscription agents, can also help to reduce the problems. Future pricing models for licences should not necessarily be based on print subscriptions, and these are also presenting difficult challenges for all players.

  13. (W) E-journal usage statistics
  14. Roger Brown, SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals

    This workshop will investigate some, or all, of the following aspects of e-journal usage statistics. Who produces them? Why? What's in them (and what's not in them!)? Good examples? Who do they benefit? What does anyone actually do with them? What are the differing perspectives of publishers, intermediaries and librarians? Participants should come along to share their thoughts, examples and expectations - there will be something here for everyone.

  15. (W) 21st century working - changing patterns of work
  16. Lyndsay Rees-Jones, Library Association

    Life is changing apace and libraries are not immune. It appears that, whilst we have access to state-of-the-art systems, e-journals, e-books, in fact e-anything/everything, our working practices are stuck in a time warp. What will the future look like? How do we adapt to the new world of work?

  17. (BS) Standards and interoperability
  18. Paul Miller, UKOLN

    In this session participants will be introduced to some of the standards important in ensuring interoperability between systems and institutions, such as Z39.50 and the Bath Profile.

  19. (BS) The latest web developments
  20. Brian Kelly, UKOLN

    The web continues its rapid development and deployment in many areas of our lives. We have seen how the web has progressed from the mid-1990s (when organisations were typically mounting HTML pages to provide static information resources) to today's deployment of interactive websites providing e-commerce and e-business services. The developments in the underlying web standards and protocols supporting the current generation of web services will be described in this briefing session.

  21. (BS) Electronic only journals: issues for publishers and librarians
  22. John Haynes, Institute of Physics Publishing
    Melvin Morbey, University of Reading Library

    This briefing session will look at the current issues surrounding electronic only journals as they affect publishers and librarians. The briefing will be based on the presenters' practical experience of publishing and running e-only titles and of their use in libraries.

  23. (BS) Impact factors: the arguments for and against
  24. Ryan Sheppard, ISI

    Since their invention in the 1960s journal impact factors have become a staple market research tool for the publishing industry, providing quantitative evidence for editors and publishers to position their journals in relation to the competition. However, users may be tempted to jump to ill-formed conclusions based on impact factor statistics unless several caveats are considered. This briefing will demonstrate how impact factors are calculated, how they are applied, and their limitations as a stand-alone measure of the usefulness of a journal.

  25. (BS) Developments in serials cataloguing
  26. Matthew Searle, Radcliffe Science Library, University of Oxford

    This briefing session aims to look at recent thinking on the cataloguing of conventional and electronic serials and other resources, the role of metadata, and relationships with linking. The possible development of a serials National Union Catalogue will also be considered.

  27. (W) The role of currencies in subscription management: agents' and librarians' perspectives
  28. Keith Renwick, Everetts

    This workshop will explore the role and effects of currencies in the administration and management of subscriptions. Particular aspects to be considered will be consolidation services and the possible effects of the Euro.

  29. (W) Managing access to e-journals: challenges from a cataloguer
  30. Paul Cunnea, Napier University Learning Information Services

    This workshop will focus on the management and bibliographic control of electronic journals. Discussion will cover WebPacs, cataloguing issues, direct access, print versus electronic, 'free' titles, access restrictions, acquisition, and licences.

  31. (W) Minimising the costs of the claim process
  32. Michelle Edney, John Wiley & Sons Ltd

    This workshop will review how management of publication and dispatch information allows publishers, subscription agents and libraries to reduce the cost of the claim process, both in financials costs and overhead to all the respective organisations involved. Recent development of the EDI claims and claims responses between publishers and subscription agents has allowed this process to link directly with the automated supply of the library customer. The session will follow the project cycle of how publishers, agents and customers are working together in this initiative.

  33. (W) The end user, the librarian and e-commerce: living in perfect harmony?
  34. Liz McNaughton, RoweCom UK Ltd

    This workshop explores the differences between centralised and decentralised purchasing models and how both can coexist within an organisation. What part does e-commerce play both now and in the future? And what role does the librarian have in establishing the most appropriate model and environment for their own institution?

  35. (BS) Linking
  36. Simon Inger, CatchWord Ltd

    This briefing session will cover all aspects of linking between journals: from OPACs, agent gateways, abstracting and indexing sources and CrossRef to full text sources and vice versa. In addition the session will examine why libraries find themselves increasingly as the de facto arbiter of 'appropriate copy' through technologies such as SFX.

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