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Two Cows by Martin Gommel, via flickr

Just a brief post to share two pieces of news that impact our work at the library at Brock.

Brock University signs Access Copyright license.

It was announced on July 5th that we have signed on to the Access Copyright model license. More details, including the email message from the Provost and fact sheets are available on the Copyright page :  http://brocku.ca/library/campus-copyright-information . This was disappointing news, especially following the letter that we librarians submitted urging the University not to sign:  http://bufa.ca/files/files/BUFALibrarianLetterforAUCC.pdf . Following the announcement, Sam Trosow tweeted:

Brock buckles on #ACDeal  … ignoring well documented call for rejection from librarians …

Well, that’s it on that front I suppose. It is interesting to follow Sam’s list of institutions opting-out of the deal.

SuperSearch beta launch: Web-Scale Discovery at Brock!

On a more positive note, I’m pretty excited that about this beta launch since much of my work these days has been focused on this web-scale discovery implementation project. It’s out there now & we are soliciting feedback from any and all users. You can read our  news brief, or try it out here (guest access enabled). There are known issues of course (we called it ‘beta’ for a reason) & we hope to have many of them sorted out in time for a splashier launch in September.

This is a big step forward for our team and man, has it been a lot of work to get to this point.

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My college also signed with Access Copyright – a slightly better deal than the one for universities, but we (library) were disappointed in the decision (by administration).

The Super Search looks great and I like the name, too. I’m not very happy with our product Encore, so I’m a little envious. I’m sure you will get a lot of positive feedback from students!

Thanks for the comment, Leigh!
Funny thing is, I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear very little from students. From our brief UX testing in advance of this launch, we found that several students thought something like this (that searched both books and articles) already existed, they just didn’t know where to find it! We shall see :)

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