CloudSource OA components
CloudSource OA delivers vetted, quality OA articles, eTextbooks, and eBooks in a seamless and intuitive way to your end users
At launch, CloudSource OA will feature 7M items from respected publishers. This collection will grow with ongoing additions and updates. Ultimately, libraries will be able to create profiles to curate unique collections from over 30M OA items.
CloudSource OA features a user-friendly interface with powerful searching facilitated by enhanced item level metadata and full-text indexing. The platform is optimized for mobile devices and meets WCAG 2.1AA accessibility compliance standards.
The CloudSource OA package includes Course Lists, a full suite of tools to facilitate library and faculty collaboration on affordable learning initiatives. LTI integration with Learning Management Systems makes it easy for the library to meet students and faculty where they spend most of their time—in the LMS course pages.
Easily measure and analyze the success of the library’s Open Access initiatives with usage statistics delivered to your inbox or to BLUEcloud Analytics.
CloudSource OA Highlights
- Instant access to content without login
- Uncluttered look and feel
- Clearly labeled download button
- “Save to list” functionality
- Citation export
- Links to the item on the publisher site
- BrowZine integration
- Automated delivery of usage stats
Top Publishers Accessible with CloudSource OA
Benefits of CloudSource OA
CloudSource OA does much more than provide access to OA content. It gives libraries the tools they need to manage collections and save on subscription content.
Provide more for less
Drawing on a pool of over 30 million articles and books licensed for Open Access, libraries can expand the breadth and depth of their digital collections, track OA usage, and analyze database overlap to develop collection strategies that have greater impact on campus. Many libraries can expand their current article collections and pay a fraction of the price of traditional subscription products.
Collaborate with faculty on OER initiatives
With Course Lists, part of the CloudSource OA package, librarians can engage faculty in selecting class materials that will enhance students’ learning experiences, utilize library resources, and reduce the need for expensive textbooks. Course Lists provides an end-to-end workflow solution for course content discovery, selection, review, and export to the Learning Management System (LMS).
Support student success
CloudSource OA makes it easier for faculty to choose open educational resources or library licensed content and give students access through the institution’s learning management system (LMS), improving academic success and ensuring the library continues to be a fundamental part of the student journey.
Increase library usage and elevate the library’s profile on campus
Making research more efficient is one way libraries can demonstrate value and win the support of influencers on campus. Unlike legacy systems designed to keep content behind a paywall, the CloudSource OA platform has been designed to optimize the end-user experience. The CloudSource OA platform saves researchers time and frustration, leading to return visits.
Promote OA publishing
CloudSource OA makes it easy for the library to highlight OA content and drive its use, which incentivizes future Open Access publishing. While other discovery systems tend to “promote” the OA movement by simply indicating which articles have an available OA version, CloudSource OA highlights open collections, promoting the movement and generating user confidence in the results.
How Can I Learn More about CloudSource OA?
If you or your library is interested in learning more about expanding your open access collection, you can receive a CloudSource OA demo or join our pilot program!
The CloudSource OA pilot program is designed to get real-life feedback from library users and to help libraries develop Open Access collections strategies that save significantly on subscription costs. Pilot customers will have free access to this content for the duration of the pilot, which will last at least through September 2021. Upon General Availability of the product, pilot sites will be billed for the coming year at a 50% discount on the on-going subscription rate while the pilot access remains free.
We are asking pilot customers to evaluate the quality and coverage of CloudSource OA content and to help design features that give libraries the information and tools they need to better manage the universe of OA materials available for use in their collections.