BDS is rolling out its new Academic Library Licence, the most important innovation in the delivery of catalogue records to academic libraries in many years.
The Academic Library Licence offers a single source for high quality, RDA compliant, book in hand MARC records created to an agreed standard for English language books, eBooks and Open Access titles, using a fair and sustainable ‘pay to share’ bibliographic metadata ecosystem.
The Academic Library Licence was developed in response to market conditions and following discussion with key industry stakeholders at the academic stock suppliers, metadata experts, SUPC, NAG and JISC. Recommendations from NAG’s Quality of Shelf Ready Metadata report and the aims of Plan M for the metadata ecosystem provided the impetus and framework. The content of records has been agreed with SUPC in consultation with NAG, and are ‘book in hand’ with DDC and LC classifications, NACO authority control for contributors, and Library of Congress Subject Headings. Descriptions and table of contents are provided where these have been made available by the publisher.
“Accurate and rich catalogue records have never been more important for academic libraries to aid cataloguing and resource discovery,” says Heather Sherman, Director of Academic Library Operations at BDS. “The BDS Academic Library Licence revolutionises the supply of metadata records to UK academic institutions by enabling the sharing of BDS records between libraries, and by providing a model where the cost of record creation is shared across the academic community.”
The model is based upon the hugely successful BDS Public Library Licence which is now used by every local authority public library system in the UK and was first introduced by BDS in 2004.
When compared to the current quality of records created in a mixed economy with some records purchased from stock suppliers and some created in-house, the Academic Library Licence offers libraries an extremely cost-effective solution for acquiring high quality records.
The Academic Library Licence will also offer prompt delivery, supporting a data supply chain that supplies records as early as possible, and streamlines workflows for libraries and suppliers. By reducing duplication of effort and cutting down on the number of places from which libraries source their records, the Academic Library Licence enhances efficiency. Records are easily acquired, freeing up expert resources to focus on research repositories, special collections, reading lists and uncatalogued material.
Records are delivered to libraries via stock suppliers or library system suppliers using existing workflows. Alternatively, records can be downloaded directly from BDS. Once a high-quality record has been created it will be available through all routes for all licence holders.
Several universities have already signed up as early adopters of the Academic Library Licence which begins as a service on 1st April. Further institutions are joining the scheme in October – a timescale that will allow all parties to refine and further develop the service to ensure the maximum benefit is obtained both in terms of cost-effectiveness and enhanced resources for students, academic staff and researchers.
Developing With Our Users
A User Group formed of 8-10 customers, including the Early Adopters, will work jointly with BDS to define a road map for future developments. ALL will grow and develop organically over time. From initial discussions with customers we have already identified areas where BDS’s expertise could be used to the benefit of customers.
Help On Hand
BDS provides a dedicated Helpdesk for queries regarding any aspect of the service.
For more information
Contact Heather Sherman: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07711 378 086