ebooks.lu – a digital offer for public libraries
In 2015, the Conseil Supérieur des Bibliothèques Publiques (CSBP) tasked the Consortium department to propose a new consortial structure to bring ebooks to public libraries (literature and non-fiction). In mid-2015, the ebooks.lu service was launched as a two-year pilot project and has since become a stable self-financing consortium of 12 public libraries, including the National Library. Its innovative feature is the integration of a multi-lingual offer of about 160.000 ebooks from several vendors, whereas most public libraries outside Luxembourg only use one (often single-language) vendor. All ebooks have also been integrated into the a-z.lu discovery tool of the National Library and are available through single-sign-on with existing library cards from the bibnet.lu network. eBooks.lu is trilingual promotion site and contains extensive user guides for accessing ebooks with copy-protection. It won the “Best Marketing strategy 2016” award (Agency: Plan K).
bibgov.lu – Bibliothèque gouvernementale numérique
In 2017, the former governmental library was reborn as a digital service through the initiative of the Ministère de la Fonction publique et de la Réforme administrative (MFPRA). The National Library’s Consortium department and IT services set up a service that offers legal databases, journals and reference works for the documentation and ongoing training of several hundred public servants. A novel feature is the login process, which is managed through the government computing center’s (CTIE) Identity management system, including remote access to the library with eID, Luxtrust tokens and mobile app OTP. More on the bibgov.lu page.
Transition to Open Science
In 2016, an in-depth report on Open Access infrastructures and services was written by the Consortium department. Based on this report, priorities were set together with research stakeholders and a pilot project on “Monitoring the Open Access Transition” was undertaken in 2017 with the startup ConsortiaManager. The pilot was presented in March 2018 at the ER&L conference in Austin, Texas. Based on the pilot, a new “Research Output Module” is gradually integrated into the licence management system during 2018/19, as part of the migration to Consortiamanager version 2.
The pilot project also produced high quality data on the national research output and resulted in a new plan for a data-driven transition towards Open Access (draft working paper, pdf). In our view, the consortial management of the Open Access transition should be policy agnostic and focus on financial aspects of our members relations to publishers. Therefore the main actions are not policy or advocacy, but data collection and analytics. New data on the total spent towards publishers, including for-fee open access publishing and all other publishing charges as well as new article level usage statistics have been identified as key drivers for a successful transition. The Consortium department has been able to win the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) as a strategic partner for this second pilot project.
In 2019 the new metrics will be moved to production using the following tools/APIs: ezProxy, ezPaarse, CrossRef, Kibana and Unpaywall. The resulting data will form the basis to formulate a coherent and sustainable multi-year open access transition and monitoring plan. The goal is to offer better value and predictable cost evolution for consortial members, a sustainable yet clear transition for publishers, and ensure integration of repositories, pre-print services, long-term archiving and identifier stewardship. These transition agreements with publishers are developed with our international partners such as the leading Max-Planck Digital Library from Munich (oa2020 project) and the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC). As part of the transition to Open Science, new domain-specific workflow services will likely be licensed through the consortium and new partnerships will evolve, for example with funding bodies but also publishers and other consortia.
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