BDS’s Academic Library Licence launched with the supply of metadata to the University of the Arts. Service began on 1st June, 2021.
The ALL simplifies, standardises and hence reduces the costs of metadata provision to universities. The service is available throughout the UK.
Two further early adopters have since gone live.
Sheffield Hallam University began receiving metadata on 1st July and Imperial College, London joined on 1st August while the Universities of Bath and Liverpool are preparing to go live.
Simplicity, quality and savings
The ALL provides high-quality, consistent MARC records for new additions to stock. It includes all English language print, ebook or open access titles published after 1st January 2010. Therefore, it covers most records required by UK and Irish universities. Also, access to the complete BDS database provides records for download to upgrade existing holdings.
A service shaped by users
A User Group shapes the future of the Academic Library Licence and thus ensures that it meets the needs of the UK HE library community.
“The response of some of the UK’s major academic institutions is very encouraging,” says Heather Sherman at BDS. “For example, the work we are doing with LMSs and early adopters to implement fully-automated workflows is leading to significant savings in staff time.
New pricing model
“Moreover, we revised our pricing which was originally based on SCONUL statistics. The total number of ebooks inflates the true figure for the resulting number of records that BDS would provide. So, BDS has reduced the prices quoted during Jisc’s consultation exercise.
“As we progress, we feel sure that universities will see the advantages, for example, in terms of financial savings. This, allied with improved service and collection discoverability, will make the ALL an essential part of tomorrow’s academic library service.”