Copac user survey results 2012

Many thanks all those who filled in our annual user survey in Jan/Feb this year. This has given us some immensely valuable feedback and we really appreciate the time our 1,603 respondents put into this.

Overall most people are very happy with Copac but there were also plenty of good ideas for enhancements and additions. We are reviewing all the feedback and will use this to support the Copac development work currently underway, as well as helping us prioritise the next steps in the development of the service.

A summary report is available (below) but the main features are:

The Copac service is focussed on supporting the UK academic community and this is reflected in the fact that:

  • 76% of respondents are UK based or affiliated with a UK institution;
  • whilst 65% of users are based within the Higher Education sector;
  • There was representation across all subject areas, with the Humanities and Social Sciences representing 55% of subject choices.

Copac users are extremely positive about the service:

  • 91% of UK respondents agreed that using Copac saved them time;
  • and it was seen as easy to use by 90% of UK respondents;
  • with 97% of UK respondents saying they would recommend Copac to others.

We received really useful feedback about what people most valued about Copac. This grouped into three main areas of data coverage, ease of uses, and data quality.

We also has many very valuable comments about changes people would like to see, with diverse ideas relating particularly to interface facilities and deduplication, as well as increased library coverage, interface enhancements and record quality.

You can download the full report: Copac user survey 2012

Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art records loaded

We are pleased to announce the addition of the records of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art to Copac.

The library at The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art holds a comprehensive collection of study materials on British painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, architecture and garden history from the 16th to the mid-20th century, as well as 18th-century British decorative arts.

Particular strengths are the collections on the British country house, the 18th-century Grand Tour and the Royal Academy of Arts.

Paul Mellon Centre Library

Paul Mellon Centre Library

There are a number of information files relating to art in Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries, including print publishers catalogues, newspaper reviews of Royal Academy of Arts exhibitions and regional exhibiting societies catalogues.

The library contains approximately 20,000 books, pamphlets, exhibition catalogues and theses, 8000 auction catalogues and 230 periodical titles. The collection is reference only.

To browse, or limit your search to, the holdings of the Paul Mellon Centre, go to the main search tab on and choose ‘Paul Mellon Centre’ from the drop-down list of libraries.