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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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Making your digital collections easier to discover. Booking is now open for our two workshops on 15 and 22 November

Jisc is offering two one-day workshops to help you increase the reach of your digital collections, optimise them for discovery and evaluate their impact. ‘Exploiting digital collections in learning, teaching and research’ will be held on Tuesday 15 November. ‘Making google work for your digital collections’ will be held on Tuesday 22 November. If your … Read more

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Updates to the ‘Make your digital resources easier to discover’ online guide

The ‘Make your digital resources easier to discover’ online guide has been updated to include the written case studies from our digital scholarship participants, as well as audio presentations from experts discussing the impact of implementing key resource discovery strategies within their organisations. The audio presentations and written case studies are displayed next to key … Read more

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Sign up for training on online resource discovery for digital collections

Following on from the successful resource discovery pilot training programme, Jisc is launching a series of training sessions to support institutions in making their digital collections easier to discover. The training sessions are free and open to all FE and HE staff working within digital libraries, collections and archives. The course is also open to … Read more

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Trends in scholarly discovery behaviours – 2015 literature review

The phenomenon of constantly evolving user behaviours is a core premise of Jisc’s commitment to support academic libraries and curators more widely in making digitised and born digital content readily and consistently discoverable. The Spotlight on the Digital project is therefore concerned with sharing understanding and identifying appropriate responses to the intertwining of global technology … Read more

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Case studies in online resource discovery – HEIs engagement with the Spotlight on the Digital training programme

Participants from the pilot resource discovery training programme (see Resource discovery pilot training outcomes) have now completed case studies outlining their plans to practically implement guidance from the training, and the intended impact on their collections. Here is an overview of the case studies. Using Flickr to promote Special Collections Follow Special Collections at Queen’s … Read more

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Resource discovery training pilot outcomes

Following on from the award of the resource discovery scholarships, participants from six HEIs have now completed the pilot training programme. Institute off Education, University College London Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading Museum of Design and Architecture, Middlesex University Special Collections, Queen’s College Belfast Special Collections and National Fairground Archive, University of … Read more

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