ITM Library – Annual Report 2011


At the start of 2011 the availability of online journals received a boost with the licencing of the CEBAM Digital Library for Health distributed by the Belgian Evidence-BAsed Medicine Center. Next to the individual journal subscriptions and large collections like Ebsco Medline with Full Text (1,500 journals) the Wiley Online Library (1,200 journals), the Mary Ann Liebert collection and the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) collection, now 700 additional biomedical Elsevier, over 1,000 Springer and 350 Lippincott Williams and Wilkins (LWW) journals can now be accessed directly by our patrons. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) currently lists some 7,400 free journals (but obviously a large part of them have no biomedical content).

With this substantially enhanced direct access potential, somewhat surprisingly the number of internal document delivery requests (6,444) still increased with 12%, but this year we were able to deliver more items from our own (mostly digital) resources and had to rely less on external providers (-32% compared to 2009). The overall success rate exceeded 95%. External requests, mainly from Belgian universities, remained at the same level (1,473). Individual books and e-books collections increased on a normal level, but the CEBAM DLH offers access to some 4,000 Ebrary e-books and lots of useful evidence based medicine resources.

The DGD Framework document delivery service handled 1,207 requests, i.e. some 50% more than in 2010, for partners in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia (mostly PUCE, INHEM, CDS-INAS, IPH, UPCH, NIMPE and IMTPK). In September Mouloud Ben Abbou, librarian of the Rabat Centre de Documentation en Sant‚ de l’Institut National d’Administration Sanitaire (CDS-INAS), attended a one weeks technical workshop at our library to explore optimal solutions for the planned conversion of the INAS Inmagic databases to the Reference Manager format. This project was concluded successfully.

The library’s own Reference Manager databases now include 95,500 records. Keeping track of the institute’s ever increasing scientific output asked for ever more of the library’s time and efforts: permanent updates ITG Staff Publications database (13,830 records), and the TropMed Central Antwerp institutional open access repository (5,634 records); bibliometric report on the 2010 publications; preparation of the new PURE academic information system to be launched in 2012; creation of a new tool to calculate individual, unit and department output metrics based on journal impact factor (JIF) values.

Following Lenny Rhine’s ITM seminar on Hinari: improving access to biomedical and health information for researchers and practitioners in developing countries last year, the library itself organized practical Hinari sessions for our masters students. Optional library tours and introductions to the available resources for information retrieval were included in ITM’s new courses@work educational initiative.

Dirk Schoonbaert

2011 in Numbers


– Purchased344
– Donated93
Total Number of Printed Books22087
Total Number of Individual e-Books *135
Total Number of e-Books in Packages **ca. 4100
Total Number of CD-ROMs288
Total Number of Videos382
Total Number of ITM Dissertations2877
– Total Number of Digital Master Theses2056
Total Number of PhD Theses in Collection851
– Total Number of Digital PhD Theses21
Print Subscriptions331
– Volumes Bound in 2011245
– Total Number of Volumesca. 36600
Online Subscriptionsca. 4200
Online Package Subscriptions6
Useful Open Access Journalsca. 7400
Electronic Reference Library (ERL)
– Number of ERL Databases12
– ITG Staff Publications: Number of Records13830
– TropMed Central Antwerp: Number of Records5616
– ERL Logins3046
– Database Logins15898
Other Database Subscriptions4
Major Free Online Databases5
Document Delivery
Internal Requests6444
Incoming Requests1473
Outgoing Requests1072
Success Rate95.1%
DGDC Framework Requeqtq1207
Success Rate97.0%
Photocopies & Prints27440
User Training
Teaching Hours38

* Individual e-book purchases (excl. open access)
** SpringerLink medical and biomedical collections 2005-2010

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