History of Hugo

From October to November 2012, the Hugo project provided all UniTo users with free access to about twenty different resources (databases, e-books, e-journals). The free trial period was divided into two different one-month-long sessions during which all users could evaluate the provided service by answering online synthetic surveys and analytical questionnaires. The trial results helped the University libraries select the most suitable editorial products for enhancing their offer in 2013.

The trial resources were presented by scholars and librarians in two official meetings on October 10th and November 6th, 2012.

December 2012 was spent for evaluating the results of the trial period. In particular, the technical features of the bibliographic platforms and their subscription conditions were examined. Also, users’ feedback; surveys and questionnaires reports and the service usage statistics were accurately examined.

On January 22nd a conference titled “Hugo! Results of the project focused on selecting and acquiring new instruments for the research in the humanities”, introduced and chaired by the Rector’s Delegate for Libraries, Prof. Renato Grimaldi, was held to show the project results. The following communications were presented:

List of the active resources from 1st to 31st October.

List of the active resources from 1st to 30th November.

It should be noticed that the assessment of usage of the following editorial resources: Early English Books Online, Mirabile Web and Literary Encyclopedia were taken into account, too. However, the said titles were not included in the trial period because they had already been tested in 2012. Jacoby Online, Thesaurus Linguae Graecae Online (already available in some departments - an extension of their access to the entire University network was being evaluated), Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum, New Pauly Online (resources not yet available; their subscription was being planned) were evaluated, but not included in the free trial.