Posts Tagged ‘slides’

What’s it worth? EMALINK event in Lincoln on Wednesday

Posted on June 27th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

There’s an EMALINK (East Midlands Academic Libraries Information NetworK) workshop taking place at the University of Lincoln on Wednesday – the theme being collection management and development.

A colleague (Acquisitions Librarian, Di Walker) and I are giving a presentation about how we’ve used e-resources usage data to help make collection decisions about ‘Big Deal’ databases. Our slides are online.

We’re hosting this EMALINK workshop jointly with Bishop Grosseteste University College and Nottingham Trent University.


University of Lincoln

The Library

EMALINK event on 29th June 2011, 2pm

Meetings room 1, 1st floor, enterprise@lincoln building (adjacent to the University Library)

2.00                             Introduction, arrangements – Lys Ann Reiners

2.05                             All change at NTU:  new ways of building and managing collections           Helen Adey and Heather Shaw

2.20                             Is the library collection fit for purpose?         Philippa Dyson

2.35                             What’s it worth?  Getting value for money from e-resources

Di Walker and Paul Stainthorp

2.50-3.30                     Breakout and refreshments

Discussion topic:  “What information do we need to support collection management decisions”

3.30-3.45                     Feedback from groups

3.45                             Green disposals          Susan Rodda

4.00                             Disperse


Options for reading list management: LIG

Posted on June 18th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

InnovationAt our Library Innovation Group (LIG) meeting this coming Monday (20 June), we’re going to be taking a fresh look at how we support the use of online reading lists in the University of Lincoln.

At the moment, we use a reading list product called LearnBuild LibraryLink, which integrates nicely with our Blackboard VLE and allows subject librarians to keep on top of multiple lists. However, it’s fair to say it’s not always the easiest software to use. Here are my instructions on maintaining reading lists in LibraryLink [PDF].

When I gave a presentation about our experiences of using reading list software at the second ‘Innovations in Reference Management‘ event last year (#irm10), Owen Stephens the event organiser liveblogged our situation quite nicely:

Paul reflecting that Lincoln only partially successful in implementing ‘reading lists’.

University of Lincoln – bought reading list system, funds were only available for short period, so had limited time to assess full requirements and how far chosen product met their requirements.


  • filled a void
  • improved consistency
  • gave library an ‘in’ on launch of new VLE (Blackboard)
  • hundreds of modules linked in by 2000
  • students are using them – have usage stats from both LearnBuild and Blackboard
  • some simple stock-demand prediction

Unfortunately there were quite a few areas not so successful:

  • not intuitive; time-consuming
  • software not being developed
  • no community of users
  • competing developements (EPrints, digitisation, OPAC, RefWorks)
  • too closely linked to Blackboard module system
  • Subject libraries don’t like it, but lack of uptake from academics means that it is the subject librarians who end up doing the work.

However, unless library can demonstrate success, unlikely to get money to buy better system… So library putting more effort into make it work.

So: on Monday, I’m hoping to kick off a discussion by giving a quick run-through of the various online reading list management options available to UK Higher Education libraries. These screenshot slides (which are a visual aid / aide mémoire rather than a proper presentation) list the various products and approaches to reading list management. Some are commercial software projects; others are Open Source projects; still others are being developed in-house at various universities (and are not necessarily available for the University of Lincoln to use – e.g. the University of Huddersfield’s MyReading Project); there are a couple of wildcard solutions in there too.

Here are the slides:

In the background at Discovery event

Posted on May 26th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

A few of the Jerome project team are at the JISC/RLUK event in London: ‘Discovery – building a UK metadata ecology‘. Our slides are running on a screen in the foyer; I’ll be hanging around to talk about them.

An elastic bucket down the data well (#rdtf in Manchester)

Posted on April 20th, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

I was in Manchester on Monday for Opening Data – Opening Doors, a one-day “advocacy workshop” hosted by JISC and RLUK under their Resource Discovery Taskforce (#rdtf) programme. I delivered a five-minute ‘personal pitch’ about Jerome, open data, and the rapid-development ethos that’s developing at Lincoln.

Ken Chad is writing up a report from the day and Helen Harrop is producing a blog, both of which will be signposted from the website:

The big data question

All the presentations can be viewed on slideshare, but there were some particular moments that I think are worth picking out:

The JISC deputy, Prof. David Baker was first up. His presentation, ‘A Vision for Resource Discovery‘ should be compulsory reading for university librarians. See, in particular, slides #6 (guiding principles of the RDTF), #8 (a future state of the art by 2012), and #11 (key themes).

Slide from David Baker's presentation Slide from David Baker's presentation Slide from David Baker's presentation

Following this introduction, there were three ‘perspectives’, short presentations “reflecting on the real world motivations and efforts involved in opening up bibliographic, archival and museums data to the wider world”: from the National Maritime Museum, the National Archives

…and from Ed Chamberlain of (Jerome’s ‘sister project‘) COMET (Cambridge Open METadata), the perspective from Cambridge University Library on opening up access to their non-inconsiderable bibliographic data. N.B. slides #4 (what does COMET entail?), #9 (licensing) and—more than anything else—slide #16 (“beyond bibliography”).

Slide from Ed Chamberlain's presentation Slide from Ed Chamberlain's presentation Slide from Ed Chamberlain's presentation

The first breakout/discussion session which I sat in on looked at technical and licencing constraints to opening up access to [bib] data. This was the point at which the tortured business metaphors started to pile up. ‘Buckets’ of data. ‘Elastic’ buckets that can expand to include any kind of data. And (my personal contribution, continuing the wet theme): data often exist at the bottom of a ‘well’. Just because a well is open at the top, it doesn’t necessarily make it easy to get the water out! You need another kind of bucket – a service bucket that makes it possible to extract and make use of the water. Sorry, data. What were we talking about again?

Then a series of 5-minute ‘personal pitches’, including mine just after lunch. I didn’t use slides, but I’m typing up my handwritten notes on Google Docs and I’ll post them as a separate blog post when I get a chance.

David Kay (SERO), Paul Miller (Cloud of Data) and Owen Stephens delivered the meat of the afternoon session in their presentation, ‘The Open Bibliographic Data Guide – Preparing to eat the elephant‘. The website containing the Open Bib Data Guide (which has not been formally launched until now) can be found at:

The site itself is going to be invaluable in hand-holding and guiding institutions through the possibilities in opening up access to their own bibliographic data (OBD). Slides from the presentation that are particularly worth noting are #8 (which shows the colour-coding used to distinguish the different OBD use-cases) and #14 (examples of existing OBD).

Slide from the OBD presentation Slide from the OBD presentation

Paul Walk’s presentation, ‘Technical standards & the RDTF Vision: some considerations‘, is the source of the slide which I photographed (at the top of this blog post). Paul talked about ‘safe bets'; aspects of the Web that we can rely on playing a part in allowing us to create a distributed environment for resource discovery: including “ROASOADOA” (Resource- / Service- / Data-Oriented Architecture), persistent identifiers, and a RESTful approach. See also this blog post.

In the second breakout/discussion session, we discussed technical approaches. One of the themes which we kept coming back to was that of two approaches (encapsulated by Paul’s slide) which—while not mutually exclusive—may require different business cases or different explanations in order to be taken up by institutions. We characterised the two approaches as:

  • Raw open data vs Data services
  • Triple store vs RESTful APIs
  • Jerome vs COMET (bit of a caricature, this one, but not entirely unjustified!)

I was gratified that Lincoln’s approach to rapid development and provision of open services was also referred to in non-ungratifying terms, as a model which could be valuable for the HE sector as a whole.

Finally, we heard what’s next for the #rdtf programme. It’s going to be rebranded as ‘Discovery‘ and formally re-launched under the new name at another event: ‘Discovery – building a UK metadata ecology‘ on Thursday, 26 May 2011, in London. See you there?

Ken Chad is writing up a report from the day and Helen Harrop is producing a blog, both of which will be signposted from the website:

JISC #rdtf meeting, Birmingham (Jerome)

Posted on March 1st, 2011 by Paul Stainthorp

I’m in Birmingham for the JISC Infrastructure for Resource Discovery start-up meeting. We’re here to get to know the other 7 projects that JISC has funded. Here’s what we’ll be talking about:

The objectives for this meeting are:
  • To introduce the bigger picture of the resource discovery taskforce work and all of the projects that are involved
  • To share approaches and knowledge on the key issues for the programme – technical approaches, licensing and aggregation.
For this session each project will need to prepare a 5 minute overview of their project. We would like your overview to address the following questions
  • What content and metadata are you working with?
  • How will this data be made available?
  • What are your use cases for the data?
  • What benefits to your institution and the sector do you anticipate?
12.30 Discussion of technical approaches
  • Each project will be asked to briefly outline the biggest technical challenge they face in their project. We will then look for common issues and opportunities for projects to collaborate.
  • What technical approaches and tools are you using?

And here are my slides for the 5-minute presention on Jerome:

EMALINK reimagine the OPAC

Posted on November 25th, 2010 by Paul Stainthorp

Chris Leach and I took Jerome to Loughborough University yesterday (24 November 2010), to an EMALINK seminar on next-generation OPACs. Here’s a copy of our presentation slides.

It was a particularly useful event, especially so for being packed into 2½ hours (and worth learning to drive an automatic in order to get there!), with a presentation from Loughborough about their project to select a next-generation OPAC system; group discussions around some of the factors involved in launching such services; and our own contribution, which led to some interesting conversations about the benefits and risks of experimentation in libraries.

Jerome itself passed something of a milestone this week: having finally crawled its way round the whole of Lincoln’s catalogue, it now contains a full set of our MARC records (all 214,006 of them!); each work with its own stable, persistent URL (/work/<bibnumber>). Nick Jackson has also started to play around with pulling in additional data and services from external APIs (e.g., book cover images).

Screenshot of a Jerome work record

(Yes, there’s a problem with authors being attached to the wrong records. We’re on it. In fact, Jerome will self-heal its “leaky array” problem over the course of the next week.)

September already?

Posted on September 8th, 2010 by Paul Stainthorp

<Wilhelm scream>: it’s student induction season in the Fens again.

Library induction presentation for new students beginning foundation degrees (FdSc Food Manufacture / FdSc Agriculture & Environment) at the University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing, Holbeach Campus, south Lincolnshire: September 2010.

(Explanation: even though I haven’t really been a subject librarian for a couple of years, I’ve kept up my relationship with the National Centre for Food Manufacturing in Holbeach. I’ve spent a bit of time this summer working with colleagues to improve the University of Lincoln’s small campus library there. Next week’s will be an interesting induction: for the first time, all of the students beginning foundation and full undergraduate degrees this year will be studying via distance learning online.)