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Richard Boulderstone

Director, e-Strategy and Information Systems

"We have made a number of improvements to our core services for Readers this year. These include a complete refresh of our Automated Book Request System technology"

Richard Boulderstone

We have made a number of improvements to our core services for Readers this year. These include a complete refresh of our Automated Book Request System technology that was implemented over Easter 2009. The new system allows Readers to order items over the web at any time and to track orders from request to delivery into the Reading Rooms. This new system has been running for over a year and has proved to be far more reliable than our previous service. We have also provided an online registration portal that allows Readers to pre-register online and order items prior to their first visit to St Pancras. In addition we have also introduced the ‘Search Our Catalogue’ beta service that uses a product called PRIMO from our library systems vendor that provides a far more user friendly way of searching our catalogue data.

To support the identification and access to datasets that underpin research articles we have become founder members of the DataCite initiative. This international initiative supports researchers by providing methods to locate, identify, and cite data with confidence. A pilot project has been started with the British Atmospheric Data Centre to persistently identify datasets in their collection.

We have initiated a number of activities internally to reduce the Library’s consumption of electrical power for IT equipment (‘Green IT’). These include turning off staff PC monitors (1,900) after a period of inactivity, using virtualisation technology to reduce the number of servers in our computer rooms and reducing the number of printers by greater use of networked devices.

Responsibilities

Architecture and Development

  • Applications Development
  • Architecture
  • Service Support

Digital Library Technology

  • Digital Preservation
  • Datasets

Technical Operations

  • Server and Network
  • Infrastructure Strategy and Development
  • IT Security
  • Desktop Services
  • Audio Visual Services

Programmes

  • Digital Library Programme
  • Web Archiving
  • IT support for all major Library programmes

STM (Science, Technology and Medicine)

  • Content and Collections
  • Relationships Team
  • Products and Services Development
  • UK PubMed Central

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