It is the main service for Electronic Resources, since it provides access to a large number of electronic sources - including more than eleven thousand six hundred (11,600) scientific full-text electronic journals, scientific databases, e-books, etc., all bought through contracts with twenty-two (22) international publishers.
Through the Portal of electronic information resources, HEAL-Link members have access to electronic journals (through publishers) in which HEAL-Link has subscribed. Access is provided via an alphabetical list or by subject categories, which have been adopted by the Library of Congress (Library of Congress Subject Headings).
Also, users are able to register and gain access to a sub-environment called My HEAL-Link. This sub-environment supports personalized access to the electronic journals collection. In My HEAL-Link, the user can configure him/herself their customized environment (Profile).
This Portal continues to get upgraded with the development and supply of new Internet information services and support, both from the library staff –which are HEAL-Link members as well as from the end- users, regarding Electronic Sources (contracts, technical issues, access, etc). Through the relevant website, users will find static information and educational materials and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). There would be a Newsletter sent to all HEAL-Link members. The website will keep getting enriched with new services like the new and improved Help-Desk, and with new electronic resources while the management of the site will use New Technologies (Ajax, jQuery, memcache), which will improve the site’s functionality and speed , and thus making it easier for end users.
With this service HEAL-Link gives the opportunity exclusively to libraries and their patrons that are public non-profit organizations or agencies that are not members of the Association to request full text scientific articles that they deem appropriate for the needs of their scientific information and which consecutively will be published in HEAL-Link’s journals or subscriptions.
The Infrastructure Certification and Authorization service (Authentication / Shibboleth) through the HEAL-Link Federation uses an integrated and federated approach, where each party (member institutions, publishing houses) controls the steps of the certification and authorization of users and define access rules for members to access electronic resources. Currently, through the HEAL-Link Federation all members that have the respective suitable infrastructure (user system, Shibboleth software support) have access to publishers who support this service (Elsevier, Project Muse, and Springer). This service is being upgraded to extend to access to all issuers and for all members of HEAL-link.
HEAL-link will create a computational node at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki that will service the processing, recording and description of scientific content data in digital form. It is known that during the twelve (12) plus years of HEAL-Link’s operation, there have been accumulated and continue to accumulate a huge volume of files with scientific content in digital form [for example: archives of scientific journals that HEAL-Link subscribed to, in digital form (back files)]. This material and all data generated by HEAL-Link’s other services, will be stored at this node.
This service relates to HEAL-Link’s electronic resources management, through the usage of an Electronic Resources Management System (Electronic Resources Management System-ERMS), as well as to gather, organize, and process statistics regarding HEAL-Link’s members.
ERMS will enable integrated solutions both in terms of “internal” management of HEAL-Link’s electronic resources (title registration & management, licenses, contracts, costs, usage reports, evaluations, etc.), as well as supporting services to member libraries (i.e. avoiding duplication between Local and Electronic Sources), to institutional librarians and other collaborating partners.
The service will also include the selection, management and processing of statistical data on the usage of these resources.