Research Tools For Students & Researchers
Research Tools For Students & Researchers
Study Systems
Capture & Compose with Auto-Citation
Web-based Browsing Visuals, Visual Stacks
KIC Digitization Kiosks & Copier Replacement
Digital Stacks Project
Budget Line Items: Research Tools, Digital Content, Staff, Access Services

Digital Stacks Project - A wonderful opportunity to do something good, actually exceptional, while students are off-campus

Breaking News: The thousands of KIC stations in a thousand university libraries can digitize two complete books per hour, with structural metadata, made possible by the newest KIC software, and a new KIC accessory captures covers and spines in less than a minute.
5 workers at 1,000 libraries can produce 5 million digital books in 3 months!

Eight compelling arguments for US academic libraries to digitize monograms while students are off-campus:

  1. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act allows a library to maintain up to four digital copies of each monogram that it possesses.
  2. It is now possible and affordable due to new NAND SSD storage technology, DMCA 108 Content Servers, new KIC features for capturing whole books and KAT Stacks’ visual representation of bookshelves that shows which books have not been digitized, and other 1,000 site project management features.
  3. Each of the thousands of KIC high-speed systems in a thousand US academic libraries can digitize two to three books per hour, with structural metadata.
  4. While students are off-campus due to Coronavirus and for summer break, millions of US academic library staff hours can be dedicated to the project.
  5. Cost per library starts at $4,999 to enhance one KIC and for a server to hold one digital copy of up to 10,000 books in the library, plus staff hours.
  6. The new research tool (outlined in this Executive Summary) allows researchers and students to derive tremendous value from digitized monograms.
  7. Google Scholar and the ‘Million Book’ digitization project showed that high-speed digitization for content has great value that is separate from the precise and tedious digital preservation of special collections items.
  8. The Internet Archive digitization project, at 1.4 million books and counting, showed that such a project can be done even by small organizations.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) allows libraries to hold four digital copies of each book in their print collections, one for use by their patrons as a digital alternative to the printed version, and three more for interlibrary lending. DMCA 108 Content Servers allow libraries take advantage of the law, with features like:

  1. Provide massive high-speed storage at low cost
  2. Prohibit simultaneous access to any specific content by more than one user, at the page level!
  3. Prohibit access to the one digital copy for local use by users when outside the library without formal check-out of the material
  4. Perform ILL requests to DMCA 108 Content Servers at other libraries for specific content for each patron on their behalf
  5. Support the new research tool that takes multi-page documents as input and provides up to 100 instant search-match results to a billion or more copyright protected pages in DMCA 108 Content Servers.
Increased Use of Library Services
(Library Budget Increase Justifications)

This project has three phases:

1. Acquisition of thousands of high-speed digitization systems by US academic libraries

2. Digitization of monogram covers & spines for virtual access to print collections, including browsing & bibliography access, and to assist in identifying monograms that have yet to be digitized by members of the digitization project

3. US Academic Library community digitization of millions of commonly accessed monogram titles

Requirements & Costs

Your existing KIC Bookeye 4 systems offer preservation quality images and 30 minutes to digitize a 400 page book, while your existing KIC Click Mini systems can scan over 50 book pages per minute. All that is needed is available library staff time, which should be plentiful while students are off-campus, and the KIC options below. If staff time is not part of the cost, then each library will have access, either directly or through ILL, to 5 million books for less than one cent per book.
KIC Options for Whole Book Digitization
Covers & Spines option for KIC $ 999 each
Full Book with Structural MD $ 999 each
Storage for Digital Copies
DMCA 108 Content Server(1)
(Capacity: 10,000 digital books)
$ 3,999 each
Coronavirus pricing - all three for:
(limit one per institution)
$ 4,999 each
(1) While only one DMCA 108 Content Server is required per 10,000 books, four are recommended to take full advantage of DMCA copyright law section 108
Budget Line Items: Content Research Tools - Open Access, DMCA 108 Compliant

Research Tools for Students & Faculty

There are four parts to this unique research tool:
1) a full content match function; 2) a ReadAlong Audio, skim, active highlighting and organizing app with personal
network (phone, tablet & PC) and digital rights management; 3) cloud servers for non-copyrighted content; and 4) DMCA 108 Content Servers for copyrighted materials that must be located in the library. Researchers input one to one hundred or more pages of material from one or more sources. In a split second, the full content match function can compare the full input content with a billion pages and identify the hundred most highly correlated pages that include the main search term. The ‘billion’ pages searched include pre- and ex-copyright materials such as government-funded research and informative content, open access journal articles and open educational resources and copyrighted content. The copyrighted content can only be accessed while the researcher is in the library - DMCA 108 Content Servers that are located on library premises ensure compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
This is the only research tool available today that a) fully utilizes DMCA section 108; and b) can combine one or more whole journal articles with personal research, in digital and/or print form, and use every page as input, find the most highly associated content from a billion pages; and c) can provide those results in a second. This highly valuable research tool is made possible by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, state-of-the-art NAND technology, thousands of high-speed digitization systems in a thousand academic libraries that can digitize a book with metadata in 30 minutes and patent-pending algorithms and other technologies.

Why wasn’t this available until now?

Why wasn’t it done by the big publishers, or OCLC or the google Scholar group?

  • This research tool relies partly on digitization machines, and DLSG has designed, developed and maintains more than 90% of the digitization systems in US academic libraries today for self-serve, interlibrary lending & digitization projects and archival, and these systems are in 90% of academic libraries (by budget).
  • This research tool’s technologies are highly sophisticated and completely different from the research technologies in use today, and the publishers and OCLC do not have the software development capabilities of DLSG.
  • The publishers, OCLC and google are heavily invested in their respective business and service models.
  • Web servers can not allow access to more than 10% of copyrighted monograms, and coming into possession of full journal articles can take days, while this research tool provides instant access to full content while the researcher is in the library, a perfect fit with DLSG’s existing business and service models.
  • This research tool takes as input, multiple pages of print and/or digital content, and DLSG alone has digitization technologies
  • DLSG’s thousands of KICs in a thousand academic libraries now have the ability to digitize a 400 page monogram with standard & structural metadata in 30 minutes
Increased Use of Library Services
(Budget Increase Justifications)

Where is it used?

AT THE LIBRARY

IN THE CLASSROOM

OTHER

Requirements & Cost

The research tool requires at least one KIC scanning kiosk with the KSS option. To access copyrighted content, at least one DMCA 108 Content Server (CSV) can be added

Budget Line Items: Study Systems, Tools and Aids

KIC Study System App for Existing Textbooks & Course Materials

Until KIC Study System (KSS), no study technology existed to let students input chapters from existing textbooks, both digital AND print, and transform the content into study systems that utilize touch screen enabled smartphones and tablets, and PCs to substantially increase study speed while also increasing long-term retention. KSS provides the following:
  • Instant access to alternate treatments of the same study topics, including Open Educational Resources and, while in the library, monogram content as well
  • Capture of printed textbook content into KSS, a few chapters at a time (at the library)
  • ReadAlong Audio - tracks study progress
  • Digital highlighting - instantly turns highlights into Q&A for frequent self-testing
  • Instant speed-reading without training, with progress tracking
  • Graphical study progress reporting
  • Surprisingly effective on the small screens of smartphones
  • Study anywhere, on phone, tablet or PC – highlighting/flashcards and study progress follow the student from phone to tablet to PC
  • Internet not required, except to synchronize the student’s personal network (phone, tablet & PC)

Why wasn’t this available until now?

Why wasn’t it done by the big publishers or the existing educational software companies?

The digital age is so focused on all things digital that it has almost completely neglected the tens of millions of pages of existing textbooks and other study materials. While the most creative eLearning companies are producing amazing 3-D immersive learning systems, creating a single lesson of this kind requires huge investment, so they’ve only addressed less than 0.1% of all active learning materials, and most of it is lower division college and high school lessons.
Typical eLearning companies have a different focus. They combine automated testing with standard content viewers, and do not apply much creativity to enhance the actual learning process. Also, many eLearning products are designed to work without minimal or no involvement from instructor.

Why DLSG?

For those who are thinking about waiting for these game-changing technologies to become available through your favorite large vendor of library products or services, you might want to consider some fundamental factors. The creative foresight to invent game-changing new technologies and stay focused through time and adversity is rare outside of Silicon Valley and is especially rare in large companies. Even when a large company creates a game-changing new technology, the company may not recognize its value. For example, in 1973 at their Palo Alto research facility in Silicon Valley, far removed from their business headquarters, Xerox invented the original graphical user interface and ethernet, and built the first working mouse, and although they had a huge and highly effective B2B salesforce, Xerox didn’t take these inventions seriously.
Take a look at the past 16 years that DLSG has been serving academic libraries and decide for yourself whether DLSG is more innovative than all other library technology providers combined AND has far better prices (better value) than non-profit organizations
Increased Use of Library Services
(Budget Increase Justifications)

Where is it used?

AT THE LIBRARY

IN THE CLASSROOM

OTHER

Requirements & Cost

KIC Study System requires at least one KIC scanning kiosk with the KSS option. The KSS option is free for the first year after purchasing KIC, and is $500 per year thereafter if most patron use copiers have been replaced with KICs, or $1,000 per year if not.

Budget Line Items: Research Tools, Study Tools, Digitization Systems

Digitize, Compose with Auto-Citation, ...

For almost a thousand years, the two ways to take content from an academic library’s collections were to transcribe or remember. When photocopiers were introduced to libraries, they multiplied the value of the library’s collections. Then, in 2004, the first KIC self-serve digitization kiosks started to appear, again increasing the value of the library’s collections, helping to reverse the downward trend in appreciation of print collection caused by the digital age. Finally, libraries have the necessary technology to allow students, faculty and researchers to compose and edit content from its collections.

Academic libraries have been missing a very important service that has just become available: the ability for students, faculty and researchers to combine materials from multiple sources from the library’s collections and, using a large 24 inch touch screen, edit, rearrange and otherwise compose the materials, then create PDFs or KSS packets for use with KIC Study System. KIC Composer automatically zones text into individual paragraphs that the user can move around and swipe to and from Composer’s visual clipboard along with pictures, diagrams, graphs. When a user is composing content from multiple sources and a paragraph, picture, diagram or graph is moved from one source to another, Composer’s auto-citation feature visually tags the clip of content with a reference to the source on an automatically created sources page. Users can also bring their own materials into the library, combine them with content from the library’s collections and compose, etc.

Why DLSG?

For those who are thinking about waiting for composer and other game-changing technologies to become available through your favorite large vendor of library products or services, you might want to consider some fundamental factors. The creative foresight to invent game-changing new technologies and stay focused through time and adversity is rare outside of Silicon Valley and is especially rare in large companies. Even when a large company creates a game-changing new technology, the company may not recognize its value. For example, in 1973 at their Palo Alto research facility in Silicon Valley, far removed from their business headquarters, Xerox invented the original graphical user interface and ethernet, and built the first working mouse, and although they had a huge and highly effective B2B salesforce, Xerox didn’t take these inventions seriously.

Take a look at the past 16 years that DLSG has been serving academic libraries and decide for yourself whether DLSG is more innovative than all other library technology providers combined AND has far better prices (better value) than non-profit organizations.
Increased Use of Library Services
(Budget Increase Justifications)

Where is it used?

AT THE LIBRARY

IN THE CLASSROOM

OTHER

Requirements & Cost

Every KIC scanning kiosk includes KIC Composer with a basic Auto -citation feature at no additional cost. The Advanced Auto-citation option is an extra $500 and is highly recommended. It allows users to capture content from multiple sources and move and rearrange individual snippets (e.g. paragraphs, tables, graphs and diagrams) while a citation source tag is automatically placed just below and to the right of the snippet.

Budget Line Items: Visual Stacks System, Integrated Library System, Research Tools, Study Tools, Collection Access, Collection Development
KAT Knowledge Access Technology allows the public to browse your library’s stacks VIRTUALLY directly from your library’s website.

It’s like having Google Street View for the interior of your library. Users simply swipe to browse an aisle, zoom to see a shelf, and touch any book to see its bibliography and its location on your library floor. Your library stacks have never been so accessible!

Why is it valuable for your library

For a dozen years, the shrinking appreciation of the substantial value in their local library’s print collections has been a problem
that no one wants to talk about. Just as restaurants publish images of their dining areas and their menu items online, with the introduction of KAT Stacks View, libraries can now make images of their stacks and bibliographic records available visually online as well.

It’s easy and fun to browse the stacks on any smart device just by swiping the screen left or right. Now your library website visitors can have a novel and engaging way of “visiting” your library virtually that makes it easy for them to find books of interest that bring them into your actual library.
Increased Use of Library Services
(Budget Increase Justifications)

Where is it used?

AT THE LIBRARY

IN THE CLASSROOM

OTHER

Requirements & Cost

KAT Stacks has a $5,000 setup fee plus $5,000 annual service fee plus $0.02 per page per year. Setup requires 30-60 days, and the following:
  • a current MARC records file
  • a current MARC records file
  • access to your ILS system via Standard Interchange Protocol (SIP2)
  • a link from your library’s Website to your KAT Stacks system in the cloud
To take part in digitizing covers, spines and TOCs, at least one Spine & Cover Capture option (SCC) is required.
Budget Line Items: Digitization Systems, Student/Faculty use Copiers, ADA Services (e.g. wheelchair-bound, hearing & visually impaired)
90% of US academic institutions have KIC systems. This section is a summary of what’s new with KIC and the services for student & researchers that it supports.
If you are unfamiliar with KIC, please visit www.KIC.com.
The following new services for students, researchers and faculty are being installed as free updates for KIC systems this April and May.
  • Support for a Research Tool that takes multiple printed and digital pages as input and provides instant access to the 100 most highly correlated content from billions of digital pages of monograms held by a thousand academic libraries (see Digital Stacks Project) – researchers simply swipe or scroll tablet or PC screen to the right or left, significantly improving effectiveness.
  • Support for a unique and powerful study system – Students scan a textbook chapter into KIC (or input it digitally), then access alternate treatments of study topics by simply swiping or scrolling their phone, tablet or PC screen to the right or left - sources for alternate treatments include nearly 100,000 pages of OER content and/or digitized monograms held by a thousand academic libraries (see Digital Stacks Project).
  • Language translation – KIC can translate text to and from 70 different languages.
  • KIC Study System, with 8 study methods, including fast computer-assisted preview, ReadAlong Audio, custom flashcards and real-time graphical study progress information –highly valuable for distance learning due to Corona virus.
  • Composer with Auto-Citation – allows students, faculty & Researchers to input class notes, course materials and research, add content from the stacks, then reorganize paragraphs, pictures, diagrams and tables with a finger on KIC’s big 24 inch screen; and use its visual clipboard to create entirely new pages, all while KIC ensures that each piece of content is tagged and connected with bibliographic information that it automatically retrieved from the book’s ISBN barcode.
  • A superior copier-replacement option, including optimized support for printing via Pharos, Papercut, Envisionware, Comprise and WEPA (target release date: August 1, 2020).
Note that some KICs have not yet received the new KIC 7 user interface, which began rolling out in July 2019.
If these amazing new student & researcher services are not enough reason to substantially expand your KIC fleet, here are three additional reasons:
  1. Overuse of one or more KICs.
    1. B&W paper copies typically cost 15 cents each, and digital images are color and support audio, language translation, and more. KIC systems are more than justified at 2,000 pages per month.
    2. To avoid waiting lines.
    3. To stay within usage norms - 87% of KICs are digitizing fewer than 5,000 pages per month.
    4. Scanner usage ratings -- KIC Click Minis are rated for 400,000 lifetime scans.
  2. A broader product line, including smaller products with lower duty cycles at lower prices (e.g. KIC Click Mini & KIC Click Mini Slim)
  3. The Digital Stacks Project – 1,000 academic libraries digitizing 5,000 books each at a rate of 2 books per staff hour.
Increased Use of Library Services
(Budget Increase Justifications)

Where is it used?

AT THE LIBRARY

IN THE CLASSROOM

OTHER

Requirements & Cost