The Content Working Group completed the first of twice a year voting for Content in NERS. These are requests to have new content collections/targets/databases added into all Ex Libris ProQuest KnowledgeBases (Alma CZ, SFX KB, 360 KB) and indices (Primo Central, Summon). Thank you to all the ELUNA and IGeLU members who voted and helped strengthen the voice of the Ex Libris user community. The top 10 vote winners, including the top from each of the 4 regional groups that were highlighted (Danish, ANZREG, German and Spanish) plus runners-up were sent to Ex Libris. The current status is that the requests to add HeinOnline and RILM Abstracts of Music Literature have been declined by the vendors, and several new negotiations will take place from 2019.
The H2 2018 ballot is in progress, with voting to take place December 3 to December 23. The regional groups boosted in this round will be Chinese, Hebrew, Finnish and Polish.
We welcomed Jennifer Eustis (University of Connecticut) as liaison with and from the Primo ELUNA WG and Xiaotian Chen (Bradley University) will serve as SFX WG liaison. Additionally, Stew MacLehose (University of New England) has become our third NERS coordinator, helping Ulrikke Greve
Olufsen (University of Oslo) and Molly Beisler (University of Nevada, Reno) in their tasks.
Both ELUNA and IGeLU SCs have been recently working on guidelines for joint Working Groups. Based on these, the Content WG will launch a call for volunteers in December 2018.
The Content WG also continues to work with Ex Libris on specific content issues, in particular:
– Currency of adding new titles to SFX/Alma CKB
– Future of the Institutional Repository program for PCI
– Contribution of local electronic collections in Alma
– Knowledge Center Content Corners – feedback and suggestions for Knowledge Articles
– ORCID IDs: Vendors are starting to include ORCIDs in the metadata they send, but there are issues with a lack of standards, and with how they will be displayed and indexed in the discovery indexes
Questions and feedback on any content-related issue are always welcome – send to Content-WG[at]exlibrisusers.org.
Kathy Varjabedian, Los Alamos National Laboratory
François Renaville, University of Liège
Co-chairs, Content Working Group (Joint)