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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

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

Experiences on Korean CD-ROM group purchase in 1998 …


What i dreamed was

What I dreamed was…

  • Sharing costs

  • Getting more bargaining power

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


But what i faced was

But,what I faced was …


Technical problems

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

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

Commitment problems

Started with 5 libraries which promised to participate

Only 2 libraries left in the end


Lessons from the past experiences

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

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

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

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

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

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

KSI online statistics


Ucla eal homepage

UCLA EAL homepage


So finally decided to purchase subscribe korean online databases as a group again

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


Experiences on korean online database group purchases in 2003

Experiences on Korean Online Database group purchases in 2003 …


Again what i dreamed was

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

But, still problems …


Technical problems1

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 problems1

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

Many Thanks to…

  • Jaeyong Chang (UC Berkeley)

  • Hee Sook Shin (Columbia Univ.)

  • Yunah Sung (Univ. of Michigan)


Any questions

Any questions?

Thank you!


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