Rolfe, Vivien; Pitt, Beck (2018)The pilot phase of the UK Open Textbook project reached completion in April 2018. This article discusses the project, what open textbooks are, and why they are an untapped opportunity for universities, colleges and schools. The North American models of open textbook creation and uptake (adoption) are designed to help reduce university student financial worries and enhance learning opportunities, and provide much-needed resources for schools (or the K12 system in the US and Canada). The abilit...
Understanding and supporting researchers’ choices in sharing their publications: the launch of the FairShare Network and Shareable PDFRapple, Charlie (2018)Researchers have for many years had access to new platforms and channels for networking and sharing resources, but the pace of growth in their usage of these networks has substantially increased recently. This has led to full-text sharing on a scale that concerns publishers and libraries, because of the proportion of such sharing that infringes copyright. This article summarizes key findings of a 2017 survey that explored researchers’ awareness of and behaviours in relation to scholarly colla...
User engagement analytics case study: how customer behaviour can drive intelligent library decision makingAdey, Helen; Eastman-Mullins, Andrea (2017)For many years, libraries and publishers have been working with and using usage statistics as core metrics in decision making. Items that have low use are often relegated or discarded and cost-per-use data are frequently used in serials renewals decision making. Usage data on their own, however, give libraries and publishers very little insight into how content is being used or how much it is being looked at. In spite of the huge amount of data that are now available to libraries, it feels as...Sharp, Steve; Estelle, Lorraine (2018)
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