Forthcoming article: Walk-in Access to e-Resources at the University of Bath

A ‘tooled up’ feature article is in preparation in which the authors describe a low-cost solution to walk-in (visitor) access to licensed e-journals, drawing on their practice at the University of Bath with a wiki ERM and OPAC terminals.

Kate Robinson, Lizz Jennings and Laurence Lockton draw our attention to the changes that the move from printed journals to electronic resources has wrought over the past 20 years in relation to the granting of special access. They explain how the different relationship between publishers and libraries has curtailed the discretion of librarians. They provide an account of their own approach to finding a solution to this problem which has grown all the more pressing in these days of widening participation and the growth of non-typical visitors to HE libraries. Readers interested in this particular aspect of library operation may recall John Paschoud's article Don't You Know Who I Am? in Issue 63.

Kate Robinson is Head of Academic Services within the University of Bath Library.  She is responsible for the subject teams, their teaching and collection development, the institutional repository and the Library's reader-facing services. Kate will be taking up the post of University Librarian in August 2012.

Lizz Jennings joined the University of Bath Library as the Information Librarian for E-Resources in 2008 and chartered shortly afterwards. Her background has taken in workplace, public and prison libraries, but her current interests include usage statistics, wikis for e-resources and resource discovery.

Laurence Lockton has been Systems Librarian at the Library of the University of Bath since 2002. As well as the day-to-day administration of the Symphony library management system, he has been responsible for the implementation of systems for resource discovery and linking, remote access to electronic resources, campus cards and door access control, printing and photocopying, and numerous others. Previously he worked for Sirsi Limited, providing support, implementation and training for the Unicorn library management system.

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