Resource Purchasing

E- Resource Purchasing

Co-operative subscription to electronic resources is the principal task of the INDEST-AICTE Consortium with focus on providing consortium wide access to electronic resources to support education and research in core subject areas of its members. The Consortium is responsible for carrying out negotiations with publishers and aggregators of electronic resources for getting better deals. It also negotiates terms of licenses and agreements with the publishers. The Consortium performs all functions including invoicing, receipt of payments, ordering and payment to publishers on behalf of its member institutions. Besides, the Consortium also coordinates with the funding agencies for release of payments for its core and AICTE supported members. The major terms of reference that the Consortium takes into consideration while negotiating with the publishers includes:


i) Lowest rates of subscription for all member institutions;
ii) Access to archival backfiles along with current subscription;
iii) Archival backup or perpetual access to e-resources;
iv) Cap on annual increase in rates of subscription;
v) Print-independent (preferable) subscription to e-resources with deep discount on print;
vi) Print-dependent subscription to e-resources with cap on annual increase in rates of subscription to print; and
vii) Better terms of license for access to e-resources.

Sharing

Resource Sharing

As INDEST-AICTE Consortium does not subscribe to all resources for all its members, the document delivery and inter-library loan is, therefore, crucial to the success of the Consortium. The J-Gate Custom Content for Consortium (JCCC), designed specially for the Consortium, provides content-level access to all the electronic journals subscribed by all IITs, IISc and IIMs (14 institutions) by the Consortium or by these institutions individually. Besides IITs, IISc and IIMs, the JCCC is made accessible to all other core members of the Consortium including New IITs, IISERs, NITs, SLIET, ISM, NERIST, IIITs and NITIE. The service facilitates generation of automated inter-library loan requests directly by a user to one of the IITs, IISc and IIMs. While all requests for articles subscribed by the INDEST-AICTE Consortium are routed to IIT Delhi (Consortium Headquarters), requests for e-resources subscribed by individual IITs, IISc and IIMs are routed to the respective institution(s). Due to the some legal issue the JCCC was discontinued in 2012.The Consortium is making an effort to choose a right solution for the resources sharing including discovery solution/federated search facility.

Training

Training of Users & Library Staff

The INDEST-AICTE Consortium has signed tripartite agreements with the publishers of electronic resources and with their local vendors as third party responsible for providing training on resources at various member institutions. All institutions have been requested to take benefit of this arrangement and organize training programmes on various resources within their institutions.
The INDEST-AICTE Consortium holds extensive training programmes for the benefit of Library staff members from various institutions. Besides, all IITs, IISc, IIMs and NITs have also been assigned the task to conduct training programmes on themes decided by the National Steering Committee at regional level/national level. The Consortium organized following training programmes/Seminars/Workshops during the year under report:


i) Workshop on Web of Science, April 20, 2012, Central Library, IIT Delhi
ii) Workshop on Tips and Tricks in effective use of IEEE Xplore, March 15, 2012, IIT Delhi
iii) Workshop on Euromonitor International- Passport GMID, March 15, 2012, IIT Delhi
iv) Presentation/Workshop on Social Science Citation Index and Journal Citation Report (JCR-Social Sciences), January 6, 2012, IIT Delhi
v) Workshop on COMSOL Multiphysics Modeling, January 5, 2012, IIT Delhi
vi) Seminar/Workshop on Indian Citation Index & IndianJournals.com, December 5, 2011, IIT Delhi

Support

Shared Technology System & Support

As a subscriber to multiple number of electronic resources, the INDEST-AICTE Consortium is considering technology that enables federated searching of resources across all subscribed resources. The Consortium is currently evaluating commercial and open source technological options that are available in the market place. Consortium is also helping the member institutions to develop and maintain the digital library. INDEST-AICTE Consortium has geared itself to provide consultancy services to its member institutions, especially NITs in library computerization, digitization and in the development of computer and network infrastructure.

Joint Archive & Core Collection

Joint Archive & Shared Core Collection

Establishing archival centres for electronic resources subscribed through the INDEST-AICTE Consortium has been identified as one of the important activities. The Consortium is planning to establish archival centres for different resources at different institutions. Besides subscription to full-text electronic resources and bibliographic databases, the INDEST-AICTE Consortium has purchased selected electronic backfiles of journals from Elsevier Science, Springer and Wiley InterScience and is considering purchase of electronic books and reference sources. Some of the publishers offer e-books wherein each member of the consortium may buy a definite number of e-books and all its members may share them.The Consortium has considered such acquisitions given the fact that the purchase of electronic backfiles of journals and e-books through above mentioned publishers provides for one-time payment, outright purchase and their cross sharing. The metadata of backfiles of e-journals purchased by the Consortium may be made available through JCCC to encourage resource sharing amongst its members. The INDEST-AICTE Consortium has agreements with most of the publishers to supply their data on CD ROM on completion of a year. Most publishers have provided the backup CDs. Under the agreement reached with ACM Digital Library, the Consortium now hosts ACM Digital Library at IIT Delhi, which has been made accessible to all its subscribing members.

 

Shared Collection

Joint Archive & Shared Core Collection

Establishing archival centres for electronic resources subscribed through the INDEST-AICTE Consortium has been identified as one of the important activities. The Consortium is planning to establish archival centres for different resources at different institutions. Besides subscription to full-text electronic resources and bibliographic databases, the INDEST-AICTE Consortium has purchased selected electronic backfiles of journals from Elsevier Science, Springer and Wiley InterScience and is considering purchase of electronic books and reference sources. Some of the publishers offer e-books wherein each member of the consortium may buy a definite number of e-books and all its members may share them.The Consortium has considered such acquisitions given the fact that the purchase of electronic backfiles of journals and e-books through above mentioned publishers provides for one-time payment, outright purchase and their cross sharing. The metadata of backfiles of e-journals purchased by the Consortium may be made available through JCCC to encourage resource sharing amongst its members. The INDEST-AICTE Consortium has agreements with most of the publishers to supply their data on CD ROM on completion of a year. Most publishers have provided the backup CDs. Under the agreement reached with ACM Digital Library, the Consortium now hosts ACM Digital Library at IIT Delhi, which has been made accessible to all its subscribing members.

INDEST Extended

 INDEST Extended

The INDEST-AICTE Consortium has taken up activities that are not associated either with the purchase of electronic resources or their usage but with completely different activities that require collaborative efforts where the Consortium with its infrastructure can act as a catalyst. The Consortium is taking up additional activities related to content creation under a new MHRD initiative named as “INDEST Extended”. Some of the important activities that the Consortium is taking up in addition to its existing activities are:


i) Setting up Interoperable Repositories for Electronic Submission of Theses and Dissertations;
ii) Institutional Repositories for all Consortium Members;
iii) Manual of Procedures for Management of Libraries and Information Centres of INDEST-AICTE Member Institutions;
iv) Development of search engine for searching the fulltext of e-resources subscribed by the INDEST-AICTE Consortium;
v) Web-based Union Catalogue of Journals and other Serial Publications;
vi) Web-based Union Catalogue of Books; and
vii) Cooperative Cataloguing of Internet-based Electronic Resources

Workshops on setting up the Institutional Repositories were organized at the IISc Bangalore in 2004 and at IIM Kozhikode in 2006. The Consortium sponspored for the organization of such workshops in 2007 and 2008 at ISI Kolkata and IIT Roorkee, respectively. All participants were requested to establish institutional repositories in their respective institutions. Directors of these institutions were requested to provide infrastructural facilities required for setting up institutional repositories. As a result of persistent follow up, a number of institutions have already set up their e-print archives or are in the process of accomplishing it. The Consortium website provides link to institutional repositories set up by the member institutions.

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