Simple automation can solve problems for libraries and their users – Introducing Article Galaxy Scholar
In universities and academic labs around the world, both students and faculty are tight on time and faced with immense volumes of published literature, growing exponentially every year. Scholars of all ages have become reliant upon Google-like speed and simplicity of web-scale information experiences.
As the librarians on their campuses are well aware, no one has access to everything they may need in the course of their research and higher education. Lately, these challenges are exacerbated by demands for high-volume remote access to both distance learning resources as well as digital content platforms – alongside declining academic enrollment, budget erosion, and lost revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Article Galaxy Scholar can help
These factors have inspired the just-in-time collection development strategies popular with many college and research libraries. The software solutions that facilitate such demand-driven licensing must be fast, precise, and easy to use, offering library users instant and legitimate routes to the full-text materials they seek.
Article Galaxy Scholar (AGS), launched this year, just might address these needs in many libraries. As the automated sibling to the original Article Galaxy Academic Collection, AGS offers libraries a new automated approach to easy and affordable fulfillment at the article level.
AGS addresses the common institutional challenges of scaling remote learning and maintaining continuity of access as libraries continually adapt, doing more with less. AGS provides fast and reliable access to the journal articles library patrons need to do their best work, while reducing ILL workload. The AGS platform is easy to set up and integrates with any existing library tool, technology or service, as well as providing access to open access articles.
AGS allows libraries to stay on budget and strategically control spend by providing librarians customization options to configure user, journal, publisher, and purchasing settings. Libraries can make evidence-based collection development decisions with the insightful data provided in the AGS summary reports.
AGS better prepares libraries to respond to user demand for immediacy and speed in content access, while not breaking the bank and still facilitating access beyond your collection. Alison L. Davis, Head of Access Services, Purdue University Libraries and School and Information Studies stated “We have found this service to be a valuable tool as part of our goal to prioritize access over ownership”.
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