[Bcoel] open content in federated search

Lin Brander Lin_Brander at bcit.ca
Mon Mar 7 16:08:50 PST 2022

Hello Everyone,
I have a question.
We are wondering about adding open content to Summon. If we do this, it would be a lot of content and would appear as part of the library collection. I have concerns about this for two reasons:

-          The result list might be overwhelming, is of varying quality, and may prevent the paid content in the catalogue, which is specific to the curriculum, from displaying in a way that students can find it.

-          Some of the offered paid content is from publishers like Elsevier and, even though we pay for some Elsevier content, I have deep reservations about 'open' collections from for-profit publishers.
We do have the option to hand-pick some of the open collections on offer. What has your Library done about adding open content to your collections?
Thanks for your help,

Lin Brander| Librarian, Electronics & Computer Systems; Open Education|British Columbia Institute of Technology  T 604-432-8922<tel:604-432-8922>| E lbrander at bcit.ca<mailto:lbrander at bcit.ca>| W bcit.ca/library<http://www.bcit.ca/library/> | O https://www.bcit.ca/open/

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