Posted by: bluesyemre | June 24, 2013

Facilitating access to free online resources: challenges and opportunities for the library community (A white paper from Taylor &Francis)

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As you may know Taylor & Francis recently commissioned research on facilitating discovery of free online content to understand  the challenges that librarians face in facilitating access to free-to-view online resources, alongside the paid resources they are more traditionally used to managing. As a publisher of both types of content, we wanted to provide help and support for librarians in the new challenges that they face in their evolving roles.

Research Headlines

  • 92% of librarians agree that free online resources are ‘very important’
  • Librarians feel they are well-placed to provide expertise in free content selection and discovery
  • 84% of respondents said that 10% or less of their time was currently devoted to indexing free online content
  • Key challenges for librarians relating to making free resources more discoverable within their institutions are: volume  growth, unknown permanence, and difficulties relating to quality assessment;
  • The most important criteria for selection of free online access was relevance of that content to the institution’s activities  but brand and reputation factors were also key.
  • Librarians are already investing in understanding their user community needs and in developing their catalogue interfaces accordingly.

White Paper:

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