Link resolver components NHS Knowledge and Library Hub

The NHS Knowledge and Library Hub comprises a number of different components. This includes EBSCO's Full Text Finder and Discovery Service and also Third Iron's LibKey services.

Watch the video for a short overview of the EBSCO components.

EBSCO Full Text Finder (FTF) and Holdings and Linking Manager (HLM)

These drive full text linking through the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub.

NICE and EBSCO are working together to set up your current link resolver holdings in FTF/HLM

This work will be completed region-by region; as each region is set up, HEE will notify service managers and e-resources staff (link resolver administrators)

You will be asked to set up an EBSCO Admin account and book on training

Current Wolters Kluwer/TD-Net link resolver

FTF/HLM will replace the current, Wolters Kluwer/TD-Net link resolver when that contract expires on 31 March 2022.

The current link resolver drives full text linking in HDAS, NICE Journals A-Z and the database provider interfaces.

HDAS and NICE Journals A-Z are being withdrawn on 31 March and the new link resolver infrastructure will be implemented on the database provider interfaces instead

What do I do about Google Scholar and PubMed links?

Some local knowledge and library services use the current link resolver to power linking from other platforms like PubMed and Google Scholar.

If you do this within your service then you will need to switch to the new link resolver infrastructure by 31 March 2022.

Instructions for key platforms will be provided. (See below for information about how LibKey works with FTF/HLM to enhance the end-user experience.) 

Will I need to update both the Wolters Kluwer and EBSCO link resolvers?

While FTF/HLM and the current link resolver are both in operation, you will need to keep both up-to-date. 

Training on both is available and dates will be advertised through the usual channels. 

How many FTF/HLM and EDS sites will I manage? 

There are 265 instances in the EBSCO set-up.

Instances are based on the NHS Open Athens structure with some pooling of NHS Open Athens organisations for users receiving only National Core Content. In principle: 

  • Each library will manage one instance for its own organisation. 

  • If you manage NHS Open Athens for another organisation, you will have another instance for that, enabling you to tailor the content and services you provide to the different organisations you serve

End-users who receive only National Core Content will be directed to one of these instances: 

  • National Discovery Service - core plus free to read content 

  • NHS Funded/commissioned courses in HE/FE institutions 

  • Primary Care in England 

Page last reviewed: 15 June 2021