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Technical Issues on Korean Online Database Group Purchases. Mikyung Kang (UCLA) Jaeyong Chang (UCB) Korean Studies Librarian. Experiences on Korean CD-ROM group purchase in 1998 …. What I dreamed was…. Sharing costs Getting more bargaining power

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Technical Issues on Korean Online Database Group Purchases

Mikyung Kang (UCLA)

Jaeyong Chang (UCB)

Korean Studies Librarian


Experiences on Korean CD-ROM group purchase in 1998 …


What I dreamed was…

  • Sharing costs

  • Getting more bargaining power

  • Collaborating among EAALC (East Asian Academic Librarians of California)


But,what I faced was …


Technical problems

  • Required Korean Windows to install

  • All file names were Korean

  • UnionWay was not stable enough,

    but the only available way to input for

    Korean characters to

    search in English

    Windows


Communication problems

  • Ignorant of technical language (Computer technicians are using different languages!!)

  • Hard to understand technical terms for hardware/software

  • Not able to translate of course


Commitment problems

Started with 5 libraries which promised to participate

Only 2 libraries left in the end


Lessons from the past experiences …

  • Wait for the right timing:

    • Technically ready

    • Financially ready

    • Psychologically ready

  • Let Korean DB vendors know of potential oversea customers


In the meantime …

  • Online Services for all CD-ROM titles and more DB titles available

  • Global IME works fine with Korean online databases

  • PDF format full-text files available

  • Free trial online service offers


Free Trial Services

Offered from three Korean DB vendors for initial 6 mo.

  • Nuri Media: KRpia & DBpia

  • Dongbang Media:

    EncyKorea & Korea AtoZ

  • KSI: KISS


When you have online DBs..

  • No installation needed

  • No Korean Windows required

  • No special software needed, except Global IME

  • Global IME is good enough for searching

  • Easy access

  • Convenience


In 2003 …

  • Expanded free trial services until June 30, 2003

  • Web-based Survey on usage of Korean Studies online databases during Jan.-Mar. 2003


After the survey and the trial services …

  • Not much technical problems reported

  • Usage statistics available from the vendors

  • Many recommendations from users

  • Consensus among UC Korean Studies Librarians for consortial purchases of Korean online databases


KSI online statistics


UCLA EAL homepage


So, finally decided to purchase/subscribe Korean Online databases as a group again…


Experiences on Korean Online Database group purchases in 2003 …


Again, what I dreamed was…

  • Sharing costs

  • Getting more bargaining power

  • Collaborating among Korean Studies Librarians, UC-wide as well as Nation-wide

  • Easy access

  • Time and energy savings


But, still problems …


Technical Problems

  • Proxy server connection

  • Computer configuration at home

  • Not easy to help users’ home access problems

  • Han’gul typing through Global IME (not familiar with Korean keyboard mapping)


Communication Problems

  • Time difference between Korean vendors and US libraries

  • Hard to communicate with the vendors, if you don’t know them in person

  • Users’ searching technique problems for Korean words


Many Thanks to…

  • Jaeyong Chang (UC Berkeley)

  • Hee Sook Shin (Columbia Univ.)

  • Yunah Sung (Univ. of Michigan)


Any questions?

Thank you!


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