University of Derby integrates for e-resource gateway

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



(2004), "University of Derby integrates for e-resource gateway", The Electronic Library, Vol. 22 No. 3.



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University of Derby integrates for e-resource gateway

University of Derby integrates for e-resource gateway

To create a single gateway into its managed learning environment and library resources, the University of Derby has chosen the Talis Information Environment, based on the TalisPrism Web services architecture. This will create links between the University’s locally developed managed learning environment (MLE) and the Talis system, providing a gateway to e-resources including e-journals, the library catalogue, the Internet and internal resources – such as exam papers – for its 25,000 students and faculty.

University of Derby staff are firm believers in the importance of student-centred learning and electronic access to information resources. Richard Finch, Head of Learning Resources and Development, and University Librarian, explains:

  • It is our intention to provide a complete solution covering e-journals, e-books and all forms of electronic resources, which will integrate into existing search facilities for printed materials. This is part of the move across higher education from teaching to resource-based learning, and will provide a real breakthrough in terms of service improvements. We’re at the start of this process now but we see Talis developments as a key part of this to help us manage our subscriptions and ensure copyright clearance issues are covered.

Derby’s information systems staff will be making use of the flexibility of the Talis enabling platform to extend the LMS to integrate with other systems, especially by means of scripts and new and groundbreaking technology, such as Web services, inherent in the Talis Information Environment platform.

The September term will see the University go live with TalisPrism for resource discovery and access to library catalogues, local and networked information and Internet resources whether on or off campus, along with Talis Alto – the new LMS. Self-service enablers including TalisMessage for loan renewals, and TalisList for resource list management will enable staff to give more attention to individual advice and less on time-consuming administrative tasks. Automated self issue will follow in a second phase.

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