Knowledge Base+ (KB+) provides a centrally maintained knowledgebase of e-journal data and Electronic Resource Management (ERM) functionality, offering libraries a way to manage their e-resources more efficiently.
It means we save libraries time and duplicated effort, allowing them to concentrate on collection management rather than data checking and administration.
By collating, verifying and updating metadata for national and regional consortium agreements of e-resources, our members use KB+ to:
* Aid with discovery and delivery as KB+ provides trusted and up to date title lists and licence properties about access entitlements and makes these available in vendor knowledgebases
* Ensure ongoing access by understanding long-term access rights and routes to digital content, and maintaining detailed records of e-resource entitlements
* Share information about subscriptions, licences and resources across the organisation, reducing the time spent looking for information in different places.
* Inform decisions about subscriptions and renewals by evaluating the value of your subscriptions and examining licences to prepare for new deals.
It means that publishers and vendors can be confident that that their customers have accurate and up to date data about their e-resource subscriptions in a format that suits their needs.
We also make all our metadata available under an open licence and is therefore available to all parts of the library supply chain whenever it is needed in the recognized KBART format. Currently Ex Libris, OCLC and EBSCO all ingest the KB+ data into their systems. For a full list of the packages available from KB+, please visit the Export page.
KB+ was started to address the needs of the UK academic community in managing e-resources and we know that it will only be used if it continues to meet the changing needs of the community. Therefore, we are always interested in hearing about your ideas and suggestions to develop and improve the service. Please feel free to get in touch with us by emailing email@example.com (please mention KB+ in the subject line).
To keep up to date with developments to our library support services (including KB+) as we transform them into a more cohesive offering to meet our member’s needs please follow the blog: https://libraryservices.jiscinvolve.org/wp/
To contact the KB+ team please email firstname.lastname@example.org and mention KB+ in the subject line.