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An online library service for Open University MBA Alumni: challenges and opportunities

Smith, Geri; Street, Kelvin and Wales, Tim (2007). An online library service for Open University MBA Alumni: challenges and opportunities. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 39(3) pp. 162–176.

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This article outlines a pilot project to offer a personalized online library service to Open University MBA Alumni. A review of the literature and results of a desktop analysis of other UK Higher Education alumni library services is included. Content procurement and systems issues are considered along with the underlying organizational, resource and technical challenges experienced by the librarians involved. An analysis of initial usage and the results of a user survey are presented. Finally, practical advice is provided for other libraries considering similar initiatives.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1741-6477
Extra Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Journal of Librarianship and Information Science 39/3, 2007, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2007 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science page: on SAGE Journals Online:
Keywords: academic libraries; alumni; authentication; licences; online resources; personalization
Academic Unit/School: Learner and Discovery Services (LDS) > Library Services
Learner and Discovery Services (LDS)
Item ID: 8893
Depositing User: Tim Wales
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2019 19:30
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