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BIC’s EDI for Libraries (Half-Day) Training Course

Ticket Information

TICKET TYPE SALES END PRICE FEE VAT
BIC Members 24-Sep-19 £12.00 £1.27 £2.65
Friends of BIC 24-Sep-19 £15.99 £1.53 £3.50
Non-Members 24-Sep-19 £19.99 £1.79 £4.36

BIC’s EDI for Libraries Training Course

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Purpose of the Course
Libraries rely on EDI to enable efficient electronic communication, such as exchanging quotes, orders and invoices with stock suppliers. Although this is a mature technology, it is important for libraries of all kinds to be able to understand and manage their EDI systems efficiently. This training course is designed to help librarians to manage EDI, to use industry standards, to solve EDI issues and to gain the benefits of their EDI investment.

Benefits of Attending 
This course will:

  • Provide delegates with the knowledge and confidence to understand and manage their library’s EDI systems and the various methods of exchanging business messages, such as quotes orders and invoices, with their suppliers.
  • Include an overview of EDI, the EDI messages and standards and how to use them, and how to solve issues and obtain help.
  • Be an opportunity for librarians to dive behind-the-scenes and understand how their library systems and their supplier’s systems communicate, developing the confidence to problem-solve with systems suppliers and stock suppliers when EDI issues arise.
  • Cover EDI as used by both public and academic libraries.

Course Level
This course is aimed at those who are completely new to EDI or who have had some involvement but have never felt completely at ease with EDI systems and standards. Attendees do not need technical knowhow but should understand the basics of key library processes, especially acquisitions. Library staff, who deal with third parties providing day-to-day EDI services, would also benefit from attending this course.

Course Outline
This workshop-style course consists of information slides with informal discussion combined with exercises exploring practical areas such as the make-up of EDI messages, mapping to the EDI standards, and how to cope with specific requirements. The topics covered will include:

  • What is EDI for Libraries?
  • How does it work?
  • Standards and technologies: Tradacoms, EDIFACT and APIs
  • Setting up EDI with the Library Management System and Library Stock Suppliers
  • Importance of EDI standards for Libraries
  • Exploring the benefits of EDI
  • How to solve Library EDI issues
  • How to obtain help and guidance
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Effective Journals Marketing

Technology is changing, new business models are developing and new markets emerging – the journal publishing landscape is shifting. These new developments offer challenges for journals marketing. This course provides a strategic overview of this dynamic environment and how best to apply marketing techniques to achieve your journal’s objectives. The workshop will be highly interactive.

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Effective Journals Marketing

Technology is changing, new business models are developing and new markets emerging – the journal publishing landscape is shifting. These new developments offer challenges for journals marketing. This course provides a strategic overview of this dynamic environment and how best to apply marketing techniques to achieve your journal’s objectives. The workshop will be highly interactive.

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BIC’s Metadata Power Half-Day Training Course

Many twenty-first century book readers are searching for, discovering and purchasing books via the internet instead of browsing the shelves of a library or bookstore. Whether digital or in print, their success in finding the right book for their needs dictates how well the book sells. And this success depends on metadata.

Increasingly, the power of metadata is replacing traditional selling techniques. In effect, the publisher needs to treat ‘information about books’ or ‘product metadata’ as its online sales force. An understanding how metadata is created and managed, how it is distributed through the book trade, and how it is used by retailers, libraries and readers is critical knowledge for today’s publishers.

The course begins with a simple overview of what metadata means in the book world, linking what the publisher does with simple information like title, author, ISBN and price with what the outside world – the retailer or reader – sees. It describes how publishers can take responsibility for and manage that data. And it takes a look at the ‘data supply chain’ – how the key data gets from publisher to bookstore and library catalogue. It discusses how metadata can be given a commercial value, and how more comprehensive and more timely data can fuel extra sales.

It covers the range of different metadata fields that can be supplied, the needs and expectations that retailers and libraries have, methods of data delivery and how publishers may be assessed on how well they meet those needs.

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