Wednesday 12 October 2016

Understanding eJournal Technology


This course will provide an insight into the technologies behind eJournal delivery.
Technology has removed the barriers between production, editorial, marketing, sales, customer services and most importantly – the customers. The course will be business-centric – clearly positioning technologies in the context of the industry issues they aim to solve. Participants will learn how technology is used throughout the delivery of eJournals from publisher via library to the end-user.


  • How users navigate to eJournal content: introducing the key discovery points for research – features and benefits of resource discovery, journal hosts, publisher websites, aggregators, search engines and library RDS; why librarians purchase access to starting points. Identifying the major players involved in eJournal provision; where do users choose to begin their research?; advances in user navigation; mobile-ready platforms
  • How libraries manage e-resources: linking through URL and OpenURL, the development and importance of Link Servers; the role of library web pages, resource discovery services (RDS) and journals management tools used by libraries, including statistics
  • Authentication: user authentication methodologies and their limitations: IP address ranges, proxies, Athens, Shibboleth, OpenID and the impact of single sign-on (SSO)
  • Planning end-to-end reader navigation that works: from discovery to delivery.

By the end of the course delegates will be able to

Gain a business-level grounding in eJournal delivery technologies, gain greater insight into customers’ technical and business requirements and understand the role technology plays in eJournal deployment and discoverability.

Who should attend (All levels)

Sales, marketing and customer service staff of all levels, senior management who need a refresher course and new technical hires from outside the industry. This course covers technologies that are vital to the delivery of eJournals and therefore need to be widely understood by all departments within the publishing business.


Simon Inger, Renew TrainingSimon Inger

Simon has worked in the journals industry for over 25 years. He was co-founder and managing director of CatchWord, and previously worked for BH Blackwell. He has provided consultancy to commercial publishers, not-for-profit publishers, libraries and intermediaries since 2002. Particular areas of expertise include pricing, product development, eJournal strategies, and platform and systems selection. Simon is also a co-trainer on UKSG’s E-Resources Technical Update course.

Tracy Gardner, Renew TrainingTracy Gardener

Tracy has over 18 years’ experience in marketing and communications and has worked for CatchWord, Ingenta, CABI Publishing and Scholarly Information Strategies. Her career has focused on improving communication channels between publishers, intermediaries and librarians and she understands the business of scholarly publishing from many different perspectives. Tracy is also a co-trainer on UKSG’s E-Resources Technical Update course.

This course is run in collaboration with 
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 Delegate Comments

“The course enables you to make your knowledge of the e-journal technology more systematic and structured.“ Marcin Kwiatkowski, Sage Publications

"The detailed explanations of OpenURL, Athens & Shibboleth were incredibly useful as I had struggled to understand these previously. Thank you!" Caroline Tatam, Cambridge University Press

"Well researched & detailed course - interesting industry info too!" Callum Mackay, IOP Publishing

The course will commence at 09:30 (registration, with tea/coffee, from 09:00) and end at approximately 17:00
Members           £365.00 (+ VAT where applicable)
Non Members   £530.00 (+VAT where applicable)
Venue: West One (De Vere), 9-10 Portland Place, London, W1B 1PR, T: +44 (0)871 222 4832 (Map)
Contact: Melissa Marshall T: +44 (0)1622 871035 E:

How to book
Please note that you will need to log in to your account or register a new account to book a place on this training course.  If you have any questions about this please email Melissa Marshall or any of the ALPSP team.

Lots of content delivered in an accessible and entertaining way – perfect to anchor my level of understanding.

Genny Early,Taylor & Francis

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Wed 12 Oct 2016
  • Wed 12 Oct 2016
  • West One, 9-10 Portland Place, London