SALT will test the hypothesis that Library circulation activity data can be used to support humanities research by surfacing underused ‘long tail’ library materials through search. We will investigate how issues of relevance and frequency of borrowing might shift within the particular use case of humanities research. An API onto JRUL’s ten years of circulation data will be made available to the HEFE community, and the project will pay specific attention to the sustainability of an API service as a national shared service for HE/FE that both supports users and drives institutional efficiencies (e.g. collections management).

SALT - Surfacing the Academic Long Tail

SALT will test the hypothesis that Library circulation activity data can be used to support humanities research by surfacing underused ‘long tail’ library materials through search. We will investigate how issues of relevance and frequency of borrowing might shift within the particular use case of humanities research. An API onto JRUL’s ten years of circulation data will be made available to the HEFE community, and the project will pay specific attention to the sustainability of an API service as a national shared service for HE/FE that both supports users and drives institutional efficiencies (e.g. collections management).

Project Staff

Dr Joy Palmer
MIMAS, University of Manchester
Joy.palmer@manchester.ac.uk
07766 747670
Summary
Start date
1 February 2011
End date
31 July 2011
Funding programme
Information Environment Programme 2009-11
Lead institutions
MIMAS, University of Manchester
John Rylands University Library, University of Manchester
Partner institutions

RLUK