The Library staff guarantees and encourages access to scientific literature for all institutional users and provides all necessary back-office activities.
From 1999 until 2011, the Library was responsible for purchasing all digital collections for the Bologna Research Area Institutes and their branches throughout Italy. In 2011, the CNR Library System was established, coordinated by the CNR Central Library "G. Marconi", which now manages the acquisition of most resources at a national level for all CNR Institutes.
The Bologna Library staff contribute to the choices made by the national CNR Libraries Committee for centralized acquisitions. Moreover, at a local level, the Library staff integrate subscriptions to eResources following recommendations by the local Library Committee.
The Library staff here in Bologna can also activate free trials for preliminary assessment of eResources in specific fields of interest and suggest software supporting research activities or improving access to information.
Requests for new subscriptions need to be made to the local Library Committee, via their Institute representative.
The main tasks of the Library staff include:
- Management of local subscriptions, setting up and updating bibliographic databases, publisher platforms, the Library catalogues and all related services.
- Communications both with the CNR central resource acquisition office and with publishers and content providers regarding all locally subscribed eResources.
- Guaranteeing access to eResources for all institutional users through IP address recognition for all local Institutes and their remote branches , together with possible remote access.
- Monitoring access to eResources, intervention in the case of service malfunctions or breaches of contract of the signed license agreements (e.g.: massive download) according to publisher agreements.
- Performing statistical analyses of usage and costs to support future proposals.
Training and support for researchers
The Library staff assist researchers in accessing and using all electronic resources providing guidance, support and advice (reference).
They also provide training and development through seminars on eResources, related services, tools or specific areas of interest to researchers and institutes. Consult the full list of Researcher Training seminars.
The Library staff manages all information about permitted use, obligations and restrictions according to the signed license agreements for access to eResources also supporting authors with Open Access policies and obligations when signing copyright transfer agreements for publications.
The full-text of our eResource license agreements is accessible on the ALPE database or on publisher websites.
Information about copyright and legal restrictions imposed by publishers can be requested by email.