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March 21, 2007

Scanning and the British Library new service

Yesterday the RIU hosted a Scanning Practice event for the UK HE community. We held the event in the Mathematics building which was a very nice venue. I learnt much that I would do differently were I to host such an event again, but overall it went very well. One point of warning to anyone else planning an event in room MS04: the air conditioning is very noisy! But Maintenance did manage to do something about it for us for the afternoon.

We had presentations from 4 other Universities about their scanning under the licence, including one about the CLA audit process. We also had a presentation from the BL where we learnt the following about their new service for supplying unencrypted files for use under the CLA Trial Scanning Licence:
  • orders are being processed through the ARTEmail service [or the ARTTel that we use].
  • Cost per item is : £7.45 + copyright fee
    (Copyright fee is variable for journal articles and is £5 for book chapters.)
  • BL do not check what is covered by the CLA trial scanning licence: you must do this yourselves.
  • The turn-around time for the standard service fee of £ 7.45 is 2-5 days, but it is often done within 24h and you can pay extra to get a guaranteed 24h turn around, and even more for within 2 hours.

I also presented the results of our survey of what other HEIs are doing with the licence, and some interesting statistics from the CLA.

It was a great opportunity to network and meet others in similar situations to ourselves. Very reassuring to know what the others are doing, and especially to hear about the CLA audit.

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