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Metalib – dead or alive?. Results of the 2013 Metalib User Survey. Andrew Brown. Brief introduction. “Da ddy works around the corner, on the beach, and in the University and he helps students to find books” “Da ddy works in the library with computers”. An unrivalled location.

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Metalib dead or alive

Metalib– dead or alive?

Results of the 2013 Metalib User Survey

  • Andrew Brown

Brief introduction

Brief introduction

  • “Daddy works around the corner, on the beach, and in the University and he helps students to find books”

  • “Daddy works in the library with computers”

An unrivalled location

An unrivalled location

Swansea the city by the sea

Swansea – the city by the sea

  • Population: 229,100

  • Rich industrial and maritime heritage

  • Vibrant cultural scene

  • 4 “Green Flag” parks

  • 5 “Blue Flag” beaches

  • Fifth safest places to live and study

  • (2009 Complete University Guide)

  • The Gower Peninsula – the UK’s first

  • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

  • The Brecon Beacons

The uk s first campus university

The UK’s first campus university

Our community

Our community

  • 2,510 staff

  • 15,921 students

    • 13,759 undergraduates

    • 2,162 postgraduates

  • Swansea delivers courses at 87 venues in the region

  • Swansea was the first Fairtrade university in Wales.

  • Metalib dead or alive


    • Provide and overview of the Metalib user survey and its results

    • Use the survey to initiate a short debate about Metalib and its future from a customer perspective

    Metalib dead or alive


    • By the end of the session I hope that you will;

    • Understand the survey and its results

    • Have a view as a customer on the future of Metalib which will assist your future planning

    Creation of the survey

    Creation of the survey

    Discussed by IGeLU Primo/Metalib Product Working Group (PWG) initially early in 2013

    • Survey drafted using Survey Monkey and circulated around IGeLU and ELUNA PWGs in Spring 2013

    • Distributed 15th May 2013

    • Deadline for survey extended and closed Friday 21st June 2013

    • Exactly one hundred responses

    Question 1

    Question 1

    • Not optional

    • Anonymity chosen by some

    • Of value in following up responses

    Your institution or organization name

    Question 2 part 1

    Question 2 (Part 1)

    As a metalib customer, how do you currently provide access to remote searching? Select more than one answer if required.

    57% Metalib ‘Classic’

    22% MetaLib+

    45% Metalib via Primo

    18% Another interface

    Question 2 part 2

    Question 2 (Part 2)

    Why do you use the interfaces of the above mentioned products?

    • Practicality

    • Usability

    • Flexibility

    • Consolidation

    Question 3 part 1

    Question 3 (Part 1)

    48.9%No plans to change

    4.5%Moving to MetaLib+

    12.5%MetaLib via Primo

    6.8%Moving to Primo without MetaLib

    27.3%Other plans

    Our current plans with MetaLib are...

    Question 3 part 2

    Question 3 (Part 2)

    What are your reasons for your choice?

    • No plans

      • Stability

      • Economics

      • Happy!

    • Other plans

      • Service Review

      • Retire MetaLib

    Question 4

    Question 4

    • Some issues

    • Never used ‘Classic’ interface

    • No issues  

    If you are only using the MetaLib 'classic' interface, please go to question 5. What MetaLib features from the 'classic' interface are missing from your current interface?

    Question 5

    Question 5

    26.5%Remain as standalone

    73.5%Be integrated into Alma at some point

    How do you see MetaLib back office being managed in the future?

    Question 6

    Question 6

    • Indexes

    • Hybrid

    • Back seat for Federated Search

    What do you see as the future of remote search? Federated search, primo central index or something else?

    Question 7

    Question 7

    • Support issues

    • Development of ExLibris federated search

    • Product knowledge

    • Thanks 

    Finally, do you have any general comments or feedback?

    High noon for metalib

    High noon for Metalib?

    Is MetaLib coming to the end of its useful life…

    …or does it have a future?

    Alas poor metalib i knew him

    Alas, poor MetaLib! I knew him…

    • Switched off

    • Cancelled

    • Replaced

    Long live metalib

    Long live MetaLib!

    • New life in new interfaces

    • Aggregated indexes still developing

    Thanks and questions

    Thanks and questions

    • Andrew Brown

    • Swansea University


    • Twitter: @brownatwork

    Former Swansea University student Alun-WynJones, Wales International rugby

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