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JISC Collections 2012 Conference and AGM: Paddles, Propellers, Sails and Steam

Event description

Last year it was trains, this year it’s Brunel’s ss Great Britain, one of the most important historic ships in the world. Come and join JISC Collections on Tuesday 20th November at Brunel’s ss Great Britain in Bristol for our 2012 Conference and AGM.

Our theme this year is Paddles, Propellers, Sails and Steam. Brunel originally designed the ss Great Britain with huge paddle wheels but quickly realised that the new and innovative propeller would operate more efficiently and continually drive the ship forward, even in rough seas. He also designed the ship to be a sail assisted steamship – relying mostly on its engine but also its sails. Later the ship was adapted to become primarily a sailing ship relying mostly on wind and only using engines as a back-up. The Captains and crew of the ss Great Britain learned to use the combination of sail and steam efficiently, balancing the need to save fuel against the aim of reaching their destination quickly.

As we sail through the choppy waters of open access and navigate through the complex sea of licensing, how can we work as a crew to balance the need to save money against the aim of rising expectations of users and how do we drive this forward?

We are delighted that Chris Banks, University Librarian & Director, Library, Special Collections & Museums at the University of Aberdeen will be our keynote speaker. The day itself will comprise a series of breakout sessions designed to showcase the work of JISC Collections and give our librarian and publisher partners the opportunity to help shape their future development. The formal business of the AGM, an overview of highlights of the past 12 months, lunchtime tours of the ship and the opportunity to see treasures from the Brunel Institute Archive will also feature in the programme for the day.

The programme for the day and how to register

The morning session will consist of a series of presentations, and then after tea and coffee we will move into breakout sessions.

1. Programme

10.00 – 10.30 Registration and Tea and Coffee Viridor Theatre Foyer
10.30 – 10.40 Welcome from David House, Chair of JISC Collections Viridor Theatre
10.40 – 11.10 Chris Banks, University Librarian & Director, Library, Special Collections & Museums at the University of Aberdeen Viridor Theatre
11.10 – 11.30 Lorraine Estelle, CEO of JISC Collections Viridor Theatre
11.30 – 11.45 JISC Collections AGM Viridor Theatre
11.45 – 12.15 Refreshments and move to breakout sessions  
12.15 – 13.00 Breakout session A TBC
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch and tours of the ship Haywood Saloon (on the ship)
14.05 – 14.45 Breakout session B TBC
14.55 – 15.30 Breakout session C TBC
Attendees are free to explore the ss Great Britain further at the end of the conference

2. Breakout Sessions

There are three opportunities to attend breakout sessions. When you register, you will be asked to select your top 2 sessions for each strand. Please review the below before completing the online registration form:

Breakout Session Strand A Choices

1. Licensing - partner organisations and drop in clinic JISC Collections has made available a Decision Tool to help address the ticklish issue of licensing users at partner organisations. As part of the toolkit we have been negotiating a standardised access fees matrix for additional users to use if relevant. We will provide a short update report on progress and outcomes to date. This is an interactive session and we invite librarians to send in completed "Partner Charts" in advance of this session, or bring on the day, in order to discuss decision outcomes with JISC Collections' licensing staff and publishers, and to share thoughts and ideas about complex scenarios. It's not all about additional users however! We'll be talking about other licensing concerns and hope to answer a range of queries on the day.
2. Archives and Collections – what we have and where next Since 2002 JISC Collections has invested over £40 million in licensing journal archives, historic books and documents, newspapers and multimedia collections on behalf of its members. We have developed the JISC eCollections service and by November will have a new set of archives and collections licensed as a result of the current call. This session will provide a brief overview the archives and collections licensed in perpetuity, take a look at JISC eCollections as an example of a community driven service and open up a discussion as to how we can work collaboratively to provide researchers, students and teaching staff with the content they need in the ways they need it.
3. Librarian tools - ELCAT, ADAT and JUSP Over the last 5 years JISC Collections has responded to feedback from libraries and developed a range of tools to assist with the management of e-resources:JUSP - the Journal Usage Statistics Portal
elcat - the electronic licence comparison and analysis tool
ADAT - the Academic Database Assessment Tool. This session will provide an update on all of them, look at plans for their development, and give institutions an opportunity to provide feedback on the plans.
4. At your service - Getting the most value from the JISC Collections helpdesk Through a combination of web technology and experienced, customer-focused staff, we attempt to make life easier for our librarians and publishers by saving them time on the various administrative tasks associated with managing online content agreements. This interactive session will focus on how to get the most value from the JISC Collections’ transactional website and how our helpdesk team can support you and your colleagues more effectively, and will especially be of value to anyone new in post and whose job involves regular interaction with our helpdesk team.

Breakout Session Strand B Choices

5. Knowledge Base+ In September JISC Collections launches Knowledge Base+ (KB+), a shared community knowledge base of e-resource management information such as publication, package, subscription, licensing and usage data.KB+ was established to start addressing the challenges of accuracy, availability and exchange associated with this data that has resulted in duplication of activity by librarians across the UK.This session will provide an overview of the service at launch and how we intend to deveop it in its first year. The session will be of interest to all those associated with the management of e-resources for their libraries.
6. Ebooks - consortia licensing How can consortia licence ebooks at the title level? JISC Collections is undertaking a project to explore how libraries can work together to leverage buying power and gain access to a wider range of titles than they would if purchasing alone. This is a challenging project, but if successful, the result will be a financial model that any group of institutions could use to collaboratively buy and share ebooks.This presentation will outline what other consortia have found using this model and their success and failures! How the project hopes to address the failures and what we aim as outputs in years’ time.
7. Open Access monographs and the role of librarians and publishers The OAPEN-UK project is exploring the issues and challenges around moving to an open access publication model for scholarly monographs in the humanities and social sciences. We have completed focus groups, surveys and analyzed sales and usage data. In this session we will take a look at how the roles of librarians and publishers may better support an open access model for monographs according to the awareness, perceptions and attitudes of 690 researchers.
8. Getting the most out of the Federation The session will provide librarians with an overview of RAPTOR, an innovative tool developed by JISC and Cardiff University, designed to collect and visualise the usage of authentication systems such as Shibboleth and thus support librarians in making their purchasing decisions. There will be a demonstration of the simple features of Raptor's web interface to find out usage stats for your online resources.The session will also look at publisher interfaces highlighting, the good, bad and the ugly of the discovery to delivery process.

Breakout Session Strand C Choices

9. Flotsam, Jetsam and open access publishing How many of the current practices in scholarly publishing are going to be cast overboard as we move towards open access models? What is going to be the extent of the wreckage washed-up on the shore, and can we re-use any of it? This session will focus on recent developments in open access publishing and how JISC Collections is responding to the changes on behalf of its members. It will be of interest to anyone managing open access agreements as a librarian or publisher or for those new to this whole area and wanting to find out more.
10. Treasures from the Brunel Institute This is a special session for those that wish to see some of the items from one of the world’s leading maritime collections – The Brunel Institute. The collections include books, periodicals, ship plans and models, photographs, diaries and letters written by passengers and crew travelling on the ss Great Britain, a 1703 book of naval tracts and original sketches by a young Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The 20 minute tour, led by the Institutes librarians, will introduce you to some of the special items in the collection.
11. What should we be doing for further education and skills? JISC Collections provides further education colleges with a well-used collection of ebooks, resources to support Hairdressing Training, and will shortly provide a 3D model of human anatomy. It is also working on a project to provide FE colleges with the opportunity to license interactive educational games.This session will provide a short summary of what is on offer so far, but more importantly will explore what other resources are needed as a priority to support teachers and students in further education and how JISC Collections can help further education colleges to licence affordable and relevant resources.This will be an interactive session – so please bring along your lists of priorities and issues!
12. The New JISC Bands: what it means for publishers and libraries From August 2014 JISC Collections' banded agreements will be renewed using the new 10 band, all-income model. From August 2013 many totally new agreements may use these bands. What are the implications of the change from old to new? How will the process be managed and what do librarians need to think about? How can publishers prepare for the change and what are the guiding principles to consider? This is an informative session which will explain how the new banding will be implemented with an emphasis on minimum disruption all round.

Booking information

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To register for the conference, please complete the registration form. The deadline for registration is Friday 19 October 2012.

  • Because of limited space, a maximum of two persons from the same institution may attend. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes, but we want to ensure that as many of our members as possible are able to attend.
  • We are providing minibuses to shuttle delegates from Bristol Temple Meads station to the conference venue and back again. If you would like to take advantage of this option, please select the relevant section in the registration form.
  • Car parking is available but must be booked in advance via the registration form and costs £2.50 for the day.
  • A non-attendance fee of £25 will be charged to those that do not attend or provide us with 24 hours notice.

Further information

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