Apr 082009

Last week, two SUNCAT team members (Natasha and Moira) attended the UKSG annual conference in Torquay. This was a fascinating three day meeting, covering anything and everything to do with serials and e-resources. It was also a chance to meet up with some of our contributing libraries’ representatives on a face-to-face basis.

As far as the plenary and breakout sessions were concerned, the highlights included a talk by Joseph Janes from the University of Washington Information School, who commented that an environment which looks familiar, but is slightly off-kilter, is highly disorientating; referring this to scholarly communications, he said that comfortable territory was being left behind in the march forward, but that the future is not yet an alien landscape. However, the serial as it exists now is evolving, and that has to be accounted for in library practices.
Three sessions on e-books were also interesting. One session of note concerned the JISC national e-books observatory project, which concluded that e-books which were free at the point of use did not have a significant impact on print sales. Moira particularly liked these sessions, as she likes to keep abreast of developments in e-resources as a whole, not simply serials, and so found them useful.
Both Natasha and Moira appreciated the talk by Jill Taylor-Roe from Newcastle University, which considered the current economic climate and the “Big Deal” packages offered by publishers. It was interesting to note that a number of libraries are considering cancelling their Big Deals to concentrate on more specific journal titles.
A highlight for Natasha was the breakout session offered by Dave Pattern, from the University of Huddersfield, which illustrated how Web 2.0 can infiltrate the library OPAC to give increased functionality and usability.

However, the high point of the conference had to be the infamous UKSG quiz – with EDINA representatives on the winning team!

Next year, the UKSG annual conference is being held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. SUNCAT hopes to see some of you there!

(For more details of the UKSG conference, please see the website: http://www.uksg.org/ and the live blog from the conference: http://liveserials.blogspot.com/ )

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at http://www.suncat.ac.uk or the SUNCAT blog at http://suncatblog.blogspot.com
 April 8, 2009  Posted by at 10:09 am News Tagged with:  No Responses »
Mar 232009

Two members of the SUNCAT team, Natasha Aburrow-Jones and Moira Whitson, will be attending the UK Serials Group (UKSG) conference in Torquay next week, March 30th to April 1st.

Natasha and Moira will be attending the sessions (and no doubt the social gatherings!), but you will find them at the Edina stand at break times. Please take a few minutes to visit the EDINA stand to pick up the latest SUNCAT Newsletter, to ask any questions you have about SUNCAT or just to catch up on the latest news.

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at http://www.suncat.ac.uk or the SUNCAT blog at http://suncatblog.blogspot.com
 March 23, 2009  Posted by at 2:56 pm News Tagged with:  No Responses »
Mar 312008

Some of the SUNCAT team are being allowed out again this month, this time to attend the UK Serials Group (UKSG) conference in Torquay (April 7-9). We are looking forward to attending the presentations and workshops as well as networking with our UK library colleagues. We have created a SUNCAT highlights report for UKSG and copies of this will be available on the EDINA stand, where you will also find us, in between sessions. Please come and talk to us (Nicola, Natasha or Zena) about SUNCAT, we will be happy to answer any queries you might have.

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK. Visit the service at http://www.suncat.ac.uk.
 March 31, 2008  Posted by at 3:40 pm News Tagged with:  No Responses »