KB+ is a new service from Jisc Collections to provide a
shared academic knowledge base for the UK academic community. It captures and represents information
that institutions need to manage their subscribed resources, for example the
details of titles in publisher packages, e-resource licences and institutional
entitlement and holding information. It seeks to
provide a one-stop shop for the management of this information for and by UK
institutions but also making sure that this information is widely available
throughout the supply chain to any other systems, vendors and services that require
KB+ was originally funded through HEFCE's Universities Modernisation Fund in response to studies by Jisc and SCONUL that found significant demand from library directors for shared services in the areas of library management systems, e-resource management and licensing.
KB+ is available free of charge to all UK academic institutions at www.kbplus.ac.uk.
What can KB+ do?
KB+ aims to avoid duplication of effort and ensure that all parts of a library’s supply chain have access to all the information they need whenever they need it. It is remarkably easy to use – very little training is required for new users to ‘get up to speed’. It is a one-stop shop for the management of e-resource information.
Specifically, KB+ provides:
- A centrally maintained and managed knowledge base in which Jisc Collections collates, verifies and updates knowledge base data, to avoid costly and wasteful duplication of effort by libraries all trying to do the same thing by themselves. More and more institutions are taking advantage of the fact that Jisc Collections will do a lot of the work involved in getting local institutional information uploaded into KB+.
- Verified, accurate and up-to-date publication information for e-journal agreements, including national and regional consortium agreements from across the UK and a growing number of non-Jisc packages. All of this is made available under an open licence and disseminated throughout the library supply chain so that the right organisations have the data they need when they need it. Currently Ex Libris, Proquest, OCLC and EBSCO all use KB+ data in their systems. For a full list of the packages available from KB+ please visit the public exports page.
- Subscription information and management tools to help institutions track details of entitlements and journal coverage, manage renewals, compare different journal packages, view usage statistics from JUSP, and exports formatted for use with link resolvers.
- Licence information covering key values such as walk-in users, concurrent access, Post Cancellation Access and more. Institutions can create their own licence information, making use of templates created by Jisc Collections or their own licences.
- Communications and collaboration support – ‘to do’ lists, announcements regarding additions and changes to data in the system, discussion spaces and the ability to add notes and documents to subscriptions and licences.