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Questions for Eileen Jamieson

In your role as a librarian, have you ever been asked by a platform provider for user testing? 

Only once and that was a long time ago. I went to their office and tried it out there. When the new version went live, they had done some of the things that I suggested. I’m sure other people had suggested them too. 

Hi Eileen, great presentation! Would you be able to tell us which platform you find the easiest to use? If I remember correctly, you said that there were 2 platforms that show clearly which articles are available for you and which are not and you do not have to click on the title of the article to find out about it. 

There are actually three platforms (that I know of) that say both when you do and when you don’t have full text access. These are: GeoScienceWorld, OUP, and ScienceDirect 

 There was another one that had the words ‘get access’ for items we don’t have access to, but I don’t count this as a clear indicator that we have no access. ‘Get access’ could easily mean ‘this is the link to read full text’. 

 It’s hard to say which platform is easiest to use. It would depend on what I was doing. 

Vee: Great presentation and a fantastic illustration of librarian’s experience navigating the world of publishing. A great idea for publishers to adopt SSO for admin portals. 

We need to tell them.

Love the idea of SSO for all of my admin logins.  Any thoughts on how we as a profession convenience them (publishers) to all work with OA to create a SSO feature for us. 

I’m really not sure. It is certainly something that improves the user experience and is therefore ‘a good thing’. Perhaps it is as simple as a lot of librarians asking publishers to do it. It’s possible that nobody ever thought of SSO for library admin. People tend to think users=readers, not users=readers & librarians.

Regarding the license query for allowing ILL for ejournals – is there a site that documents what the baseline status used by various publishers for this kind of resource sharing? 

I’ve not heard of one. Our licences vary. Some publishers allow us to use our ejournals for inter-library loans and others don’t. But our licences are either an altered academic licence or an altered corporate one. Learned societies are neither which complicates matters. There are other specialist libraries that are in the same position. It is a pity that there isn’t a licence type for us.  I wasn’t originally going to mention licences, but this is really where our online access problems start. It is the most difficult and time-consuming part of the process. I’m sure that our reps at the publishers share my frustrations. I could go on at length, but it’s a bit off topic for this conference.

Here you have an example of the granular personally identifiable data release challenge. 

Someone take up the challenge please!