Easier access to content
The SCD places the user at the heart of its collections. Under this approach, it works hard to optimise its offer, promote its content and make it easier to access. Its many different partnerships have enabled it to extend its documentary network beyond the university libraries, as this network now includes public librairies and museums.
With their area specialisations, acquisition staff, regardless of the medium, are in a position to promote the collections they generate while at the same time developing a close relationship with renowned researchers and lecturers in their field. This involves:
- formalising collection management policy with close collaboration between associate libraries and the university libraries/Learning Center ;
- determining procurement needs with teaching staff and researchers ;
- promoting collections that extend beyond thematic boundaries and can be showcased externally at conferences, exhibitions and on social media ;
- contributing to user training with resources specific to their discipline.
Optimal oversight of digital technologies
Any collection management policy must be built on knowledge of the collections and the needs of users but also on statistics. To compensate for the heterogeneity or absence of statistics provided by publishers, the SCD relies on a proxy server to develop local data for a refined approach to the way e-resources are used.
This collection management policy should also include the development of open archives, essential infrastructure if we are to work towards openly available science as well as Open Access publishing.
The SCD must do this against the backdrop of emerging article processing charges (APCs) which now replace (in the case of open access journals) or are in addition to subscription fees (so-called “hybrid” journals). Ensuring a balance in this expenditure is the subject of careful consideration at the SCD.
A dynamic network with multiple partnerships
The SCD contributes to several conservation plans in the national interest (performing arts, migration period art, mediaeval history, antiquity, physics, chemistry) under the auspices of national operators.
At a local level, the SCD also participates, in partnership with AR2L, in a shared conservation scheme of periodicals in the region, with the aim of offering Hauts-de-France library users streamlined collections. Indeed, the regional centre for serial publications in the university documentation system (CR SUDOC-PS) is piloted by the Humanities & Social Science BU, which, under the authority of the ABES, oversees the recording and identification of all collections of periodicals stored across the region’s documentary structures, regardless of their size or the scope of their usage.