Thanks to everyone who responded to our call for participation last month. We had a large number of applications from libraries interested to take part, 20 in all, so we had to select between them. We’ve tried to take a wide range of different types of HEI, with differing priorities, sizes, student populations and missions. This is to try to ensure that we get as representative a sample as possible for our project so we have a feel for what the sector needs in the longer term.
The unsuccessful applications are being held, as there was a wealth of great data and opinions in them. We hope we can make use of what you’ve told us either later in the wider project, or perhaps in other work being carried out in Jisc.
There’s still an opportunity to contribute your knowledge and opinions, even if you weren’t able to answer the CFP. I’m running a workshop on the topic at Digifest and would love to meet you and hear about your experiences with monograph content and digital access. Data gathered from this workshop will be added to what we have already, along with the detailed information gathered as the project progresses.
Later this year, as a result of the work done on this section of the project, we aim to have a pilot test in place open to all UK universities. So even if you’ve been unable to contribute yet, and can’t make it to Digifest, your input can still be counted.
HEIs participating in the digital access project:
- Durham University
- Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
- University of the Arts, London
- University of East London
- University of Glasgow
- University of Manchester
- University of Portsmouth
- University of St Andrews
- University of Sussex
- University of York