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Collaboration on procurement of e-content between the NHS and HE

Urquhart, C., Cox, A.M. and Spink, S. (2007) Collaboration on procurement of e-content between the NHS and HE. Interlending and Document Supply, 35 (3). pp. 164-170. ISSN 0264-1615

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Collaboration on procurement of e-content across health libraries in the NHS and in higher education should have advantages in avoiding unnecessary duplication of purchased content. The aim of the paper is to examine some of the strategies for ensuring that collaboration across the two sectors, works effectively. The paper is based on a report to the Joint Information Systems Committee of the Funding Councils (for higher and further education) in the UK, and the NHS Library and Knowledge Development Network on research conducted in 2006. The methods included interviews (n=39) with representatives from NHS and higher education bodies, representatives of independent health libraries, the National Library for Health, collective agencies, publishers and aggregators. There were common interests in functionality/interfaces, open access, and better metrics for estimating usage that might contribute to discussions with publishers over the licence terms. There are differences in the type of resource each sector might deem core. The extent of existing collaboration on purchasing and related collection management activities varied considerably across the UK. Three possible paths for cooperative activity were identified: 1) sharing information and joint advocacy; 2) building the technical infrastructure; and 3) joint procurement. Mapping of the stages, roles, actors and stakeholders in some processes was done with ‘use cases’ (Unified Modeling Language) to help identify some of the risks involved. Concludes that collaborative procurement of e-content activities should focus on health services research requirements, open access needs across the sectors, and more innovative analysis of usage statistics to profile usage and inform cost analyses of the impact of new roles for health librarians, and cost analyses of e-resources on a life cycle basis.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: econtent, procurement, NHS, JISC
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Dr Andrew M. Cox
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2009 14:02
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2014 09:33
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/02641610710780845
Status: Published
Publisher: Emerald
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1108/02641610710780845
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9050

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