On Thursday 31 May, the Copyright Information & Technologies in Education (CITE) Forum for Higher Education (HE), hosted by CLA, took place at the University of Sheffield, in the wonderful Diamond Building. The event was attended by over 50 HE information professionals and saw some fascinating talks, insightful debate and the sharing of best practice. Catch up on all that went on in our blog!
Our day kicked off at 10am as delegates started to arrive. Registration gave everyone the opportunity to get acquainted with new colleagues and catch up with old ones; we were also able to tuck into a delightful breakfast featuring the most granola and yoghurt anyone had ever laid eyes on.
CITE Committee Chair, Sharon Cocker, welcomed the group to the meeting and gave some interesting facts about the Diamond Building we were sat in. Without further ado, the meeting truly began as she welcomed CLA's Rhodri Hughes and Marte Pedersen as the day's first speakers. Our dynamic duo were presenting on the Digital Content Store (DCS), everything it has achieved in the last year and what we've got to look forward to in the months ahead. Some of the highlights they pointed out included that there are now over 90 institutions using the DCS, and that there have been over 3.5 million student downloads of content. But there's still so much more the DCS can do! And one new feature that the pair demoed were new metrics that will enable institutions to see number of student views, number of downloads to PDF, number of downloads to Kortext, and the number of prints.
Following Rhodri and Marte, was Heather Quinn, from the University of Sheffield, who spoke about how their institution used the DCS with the Leganto RLMS. Straight after Heather, was Chris Beevers, Zoe Johnson and Christine Morelli, from the University of Huddersfield who spoke about how their institution used the DCS but with their own in-house RLMS. Hearing from both these institutions as they shared their best practice and top tips with the room sparked some interesting discussion about how other universities use the DCS with their reading list management systems. It was a great opportunity for colleagues from across the country to learn from one another!
Julie Murray, CLA's Education Licences Manager, was next to speak on a subject that not many of our librarians had heard much about before. Julie works closely with Schools, raising awareness about the CLA Education Licence. She spoke to the room about the importance of encouraging copyright education for future teachers and in Faculties of Education.
Our next speaker, David Duffield from CLA, spoke about our latest exciting project and joint venture with Kortext - KeyLinks, a new RLMS. Firstly, David highlighted our mission to create a next generation resource list management system:
- To assist students in achieving their learning outcomes and give them the best possible learning experience
- To efficiently offer students direct access to valuable content, utilising resources across the institution
- To facilitate open communication between academics, students and library/learning resource staff at institutions
- To offer useful analytics to measure student engagement
He was also able to elaborate on development so far, as well as demoing the work we've put into building DCS integration with KeyLinks. There's more development to come and you can keep up to date with it all on our KeyLinks website.
At this point, we took a break for lunch and a truly fantastic lunch it was! The sausage rolls might have been the best I have ever had and the rocky road... well, it was divine! But enough about lunch! That's not what you're here for.
After lunch, James Bennett from CLA gave a Licensing update, reminding the delegates of new permissions granted to the Licence in January of this year. Following James' quick update, Jo Maguire and David Stevens from the British Library North stepped up to talk about their scanning best practice and to give some advice to the group. It was really interesting to hear from the British Library on how they provided high quality scans, and I'm sure more than a few left with some new ideas on how they could improve their scanning service.
Following the British Library speakers was Rob Talbot, from the University of Warwick, who showed the group how he had utilised the DCS Course Content API to build a front end for his institution. Rob highlighted to everyone how he had worked with the API to build a better Course Extracts workflow to accommodate for all the requests the Resource Delivery Team Received. You can read more about how Rob developed the workflow in his detailed blog!
The last session of the day was a breakout, led by Thomas Peach, from York St John University, who asked the delegates, "If you could, how would you?" Tom wanted to know how the delegates would inform and educate staff and students about copyright in a perfect world, encouraging them to converse with one another, sharing ideas and perhaps landing on a new idea that could work in their institutions. It was a great discussion and definitely one that left CLA thinking of more ways we could be helping the HE community.
As Tom returned to his seat with resounding applause, it was just time for a quick feedback session and we were bidding all of our delegates adieu!
It was yet another great meeting of the CITE Forum, full of new insights, intriguing discussion and fascinating debate. We'd like to give a big thank you to all of our speakers for their fantastic presentations, and the University of Sheffield for hosting the day.
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Another CITE Forum meeting will take place later this year so stay tuned!