Author Archives: Karen Colbron

About Karen Colbron

Digital content manager, JISC. As part of Digital Resources at Jisc I manage projects in the areas of resource discovery and access to digital content for teaching, learning and research. Current projects include: Spotlight on the digital - providing online guidance and training workshops to promote resource discovery of online digital collections National Monograph Solutions - Investigating barriers and potential solutions to monographs in a digital form for UK higher education institutions.

See you in Birmingham for DCDC 2019!

DCDC (Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities) has always been my go-to conference when it comes to digital resources. Each year, the topics are engaging and thought-provoking, providing a forum to connect with colleagues working on opening up access to collections across the UK and beyond. It also perfectly suits my work in providing advice on resource … Read more

From pilot to service: The digital archival collections group purchasing scheme

The digital archival group purchasing scheme continues to benefit our members, resulting in a 21% discount off the list price for participating institutions in year one of the framework. Our transparent and inclusive acquisition model removes the need to negotiate with publishers on an individual level for archival collections. Members automatically receive 20% off the … Read more

Webinar overview of 2018-2019 DAC group purchasing scheme

Over a series of recent webinars members heard about the benefits and costs savings when they buy primary source digital archival collections from the group purchasing scheme. Publishers provided an overview of the wide variety of content available. Under the scheme members get an immediate 20% discount on the list price of all products on … Read more

Making the purchase of digital archival collections more affordable for UK Higher Education – launch of group purchasing scheme

With increasing pressures on budgets librarians must make hard choices about the content they purchase to enrich learning, teaching and research. The group purchasing scheme – which has saved members £458,000, to date – works on a very simple principle – the more products collectively purchased, the higher the discount granted to all institutions who … Read more

Challenges and Opportunities with Citing Archives Consistently: a joint report commissioned by Research Libraries UK (RLUK), The National Archives (TNA) and Jisc

This report was commissioned by Research Libraries UK (RLUK), The National Archives (TNA) and Jisc to kickstart a discussion about citation practices and how to standardise references to unique and distinct collections (UDC’s) held in repositories across the UK. Every year, tens of thousands of citations are included within the footnotes and endnotes of academic … Read more

Group purchasing pilot two – outcomes and next steps

The second phase of this pilot terminated on 31 July and has built on the success of the previous one. In pilot two (FY17/18) there were 44 product sales over 27 product titles – an increase of 15 product sales from the first pilot in FY16/17.  The number of institutions that purchased through the scheme … Read more

Group purchasing pilot: Update on discounted pricing for digital archival collections

In partnership with the sector we reduce duplication of effort and save institutions time and money through the negotiation of pricing and licensing terms for digital content. The group purchasing pilot operates on the principle; that more products bought per publisher by any institution over the course of an academic year, the lower the final … Read more

Invitation to tender – Digital archival collections group purchasing scheme: A Jisc Collections framework agreement

Jisc Services Ltd (JSL) is looking to work in collaboration with publishers to make digital archival collections (DACs) of primary source materials more affordable to university libraries so researchers, teachers and learners can enjoy access to a wider range of resources and libraries can achieve further efficiencies. DACs can comprise of many forms of digitised … Read more

Digital archival collections group purchasing pilot: update on publishers collections pages

With one month left of phase two of the group purchasing pilot, here are the quick links to the product pages for the participating publishers Adam Matthew Digital Collections: https://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/Catalogue/Overview/index/2770 Brill: https://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/Catalogue/Overview/index/2769 *EBSCO: https://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/Catalogue/Overview/index/2875 ProQuest: https://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/Catalogue/Overview/index/2766 If you have any queries about ordering any of the publishers’ products, please contact help.digitalresources@jisc.ac.uk *Please note, this page … Read more

Webinar recording: Archival Collections Group Purchasing Pilot for Higher Education

The recording from the June 6th webinar ‘Archival Collections Group Purchasing Pilot for Higher Education’ is available to view: https://bit.ly/2ttRVIT The pilot is based on a community-centred approach to lowering the cost of digital archival collections of primary source materials for use in higher education in the UK. It follows the simple market principle that … Read more

Call to publishers: Jisc digital archival collections group purchasing scheme PIN notice

Jisc is working in collaboration with publishers to make digital archival collections of primary source materials more affordable so researchers, teachers and learners can enjoy access to a wider range of resources and libraries can achieve further efficiencies. We are currently running phase two of the Digital Archival collections group purchasing pilot from November 2017 … Read more

Research Libraries UK, The National Archives and Jisc citation capture survey – deadline extended

The deadline for the citation survey has been extended to midnight, April 27th 2018 Research Libraries UK, in partnership with The National Archives and Jisc have recently commissioned TheResearchBase to undertake a commissioned study into the citation of archive and special collection holding repositories within academic publications (“Citation Capture”) As a part of this important … Read more

Invitation to complete survey: Citation capture – Enhancing understanding of the use of archives and special collections within academic research and the research outputs produced as a result

Research Libraries UK, in partnership with The National Archives and Jisc, have recently commissioned TheResearchBase to undertake a commissioned study into the citation of archive and special collection holding repositories within academic publications (“Citation Capture”). As a part of this important research, a survey is being undertaken of archivists, librarians, publishers, and academics regarding how … Read more

Join our May 2018 ‘Making your digital collections easier to discover’ training workshops

We are delighted to announce that we will once again be running two one-day workshops to help you increase the reach of your digital collections, optimise them for discovery and evaluate their usage and impact. • 2 May 2018 – Workshop one: Maximising the use of digital collections in learning and research • 16 May … Read more

Digital archival collections group purchasing pilot expands as EBSCO joins Adam Matthew Digital, Brill and ProQuest to offer content

EBSCO has joined Adam Matthew Digital, Brill and ProQuest to offer over 70 digital archival collections to the higher education sector as part of the ‘Digital archival collections group purchasing pilot‘ phase two. As with the initial pilot, the project leverages institutions’ collective purchasing power to lower the cost of acquiring digital archival collections around … Read more

Jisc launches phase two of the ‘Digital archival collections group purchasing pilot’

Following on from the success of our initial pilot, Jisc has now launched phase two of ‘Digital archival collections group purchasing pilot.’ Phase two of the pilot begins on 20 November, 2017 and will run through to the end of the academic year, 31 July, 2018, offering institutions’ maximum opportunity to review the products on … Read more

Digital archival collections – group purchasing pilot one – outcomes and next steps

Between March and July 2017 Jisc ran the ‘Digital archival collections group purchasing pilot’ in collaboration with three publishers (Adam Matthew Digital, Brill and ProQuest) in order to make digital collections of primary source material more affordable for institutions to purchase, so that researchers, teachers and learners can enjoy access to an even wider range of resources. … Read more

Making your digital collections easier to discover. Registration is open for October 17 & 24 training workshops

Jisc is offering two one-day workshops to help you increase the reach of your digital collections, optimise them for discovery and evaluate their usage and impact. ‘Maximising the use of digital collections in learning and research’ will be held on Tuesday October 17th 2017 ‘Measuring usage and impact with digital collections’ will be held on … Read more

Impact of resource discovery training on development of Museum of English Rural life (MERL)

The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) and Special Collections, University of Reading participated in the development of the resource discovery training workshops as part of the 2014/2015 Digital Scholarships project. At that time they were going through a major overhaul of both the museum and their website. The resource discovery training played a prominent … Read more

‘Digital in the Undergraduate History Curriculum’ – a ‘Spotlight on the Digital’ case study

Dr Adam Crymble, Digital History Research Centre, University of Hertfordshire, has been working with undergraduate students to develop digital technology capabilities for the study of history. The co-authored ‘Digital in the Undergraduate History Curriculum’ case study describes the methodology and outcomes of integrating digital technologies into the curriculum. Abstract The use of digital methods in … Read more