Investigating access barriers to monographs in digital form – a call for participation

This call for Participation invites librarians in Higher Education institutions to join Jisc as we work through issues relating to access to digital monographs as part of the second phase of the National Monographs Strategy project.

Jisc will award grants of £6,000 to up to ten HEIs to cover participation in the project by two library members of staff, one with strategic oversight of collection management issues, and the other with responsibility for the implementation of day-to-day collection management policies.

The deadline for applications in response to this call is 5pm UK time on Friday, 8th January, 2016

This project will run between February-July 2016

Find out more, and how to apply, by following the link below.


The National Monograph Strategy outlines a future scenario where “within 5 years UK researchers and students will have unparalleled access to a distributed national research collection enabled by an open collaborative national infrastructure.” Work is being planned now to address a number of the areas of the RLUK/SCONUL/Jisc co-design initiative that was set forth last year.

One of the areas we are working on is an investigation of ways of providing access to digital monographs. This involves developing actual use cases and examples of real book titles for a test of proposed new workflows that would facilitate wider digital access to book content so that we can design an effective pilot project to tackle those areas with the greatest need.

Linked to this, work is also underway on ways of providing better information about the availability and rights statuses of book titles. The data and use cases from the libraries participating in the project will inform the creation of a rights portal and feed into user requirements.

Jisc is seeking the support and input of librarians from a range of different HEIs to help shape this phase of the work. It is anticipated that participating libraries will engage with the project through a short set of workshops and webinars, as well as providing a list of titles libraries have difficulties in accessing in digital format and the obstacles to access.

Digital access to monographs – call for participation

Digital access to monographs – Application

Should you have any queries about the detail of the application form please contact Vivien Ward (

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