Project: Looking at the potential of the Open Access Button tool for university libraries

Client: Jisc

We worked with Jisc to assess the value and feasibility of a new service using the Open Access Button (OAB) open source tool to aid the discovery, creation and promotion of open access (OA) content. The OAB tool is currently used mainly by individual researchers to access free articles. The project looked at how OAB could be used by institutional libraries to support discovery and Inter-Library Lending (ILL) workflows, in order to:

  • Prevent multiple ILL requests for the same article
  • Improve the user experience of the ILL process
  • Contribute to making more articles open access
  • Offer cost and time efficiency by checking if requested material is already available under OA conditions

We were responsible for:

  • Gathering evidence on institutional requirements and developing use-cases for a possible service (WP1)
  • Developing delivery options for a possible service

We developed three key use cases and three service options. You can read about the project findings on the Jisc scholarly communications blog.

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