Category Archives: monographs

Report: Investigation of solutions for access to academic books in a digital form

Previous research by Jisc (http://repository.jisc.ac.uk/6562/) investigated the unavailability of reading list materials in a digital form for use in higher education. Following on from this initial research, Information Power undertook a detailed investigation into the underlying access issues and potential routes to improving provision of reading list materials in a digital form. Following consultation with … Read more

New UK-wide service will transform library collaboration: The National Bibliographic Knowledgebase

The following text is the press release from Jisc and OCLC announcing their plan to collaboratively build and deliver the centrepiece system that was first envisaged in the National Monograph Strategy Roadmap (published in September 2014). That document talked about the need for a National Knowledgebase that would drive a range of functions and we are, following … Read more

Digital access solutions report

Throughout 2016 we worked with participants from the Access Solutions pilot to identify issues around what was initially labelled as a ‘monographs’ in a digital form, however bibliographic information supplied on reading lists, by academics and researchers often made it difficult to distinguish titles this way. The ten chosen institutions supplied us with lists of … Read more

The National Bibliographic Knowledgebase

Jisc has been working very closely with representatives from the academic library sector (and in particular RLUK, SCONUL and the British Library) to refine and articulate requirements for a new large scale national service. The proposed title of the service is the National Bibliographic Knowledgebase (or NBK for short). This is essentially the Knowledgebase that the National Monograph Strategy Roadmap … Read more

So what’s the problem with e-books?

We’ve had some very interesting conversations over the last couple of weeks with librarians about e-books, at Digifest and at the day-long workshop we held for project participants.  We feel your pain! The e-book market is in its infancy compared to print, so it probably isn’t all that surprising that there is still turbulence and … Read more

News about the recent CFP

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.  … Read more

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 … Read more

Designing Solutions

The Summer is now (long) gone and we find ourselves in a new phase of work in relation to following up the recommendations of the National Monograph Strategy (NMS). Working closely with RLUK and SCONUL we’ve had a lot of discussion with a variety of stakeholders, including librarians, publishers, collecting agencies, service providers. We now need to … Read more

The NMS is alive and well!

The previous post on this blog was by Ben Showers last October and given that there has been no activity here for the last 9 months, you could be forgiven for thinking that the National Monograph Strategy Roadmap must have ended up (unloved) on a dusty Jisc shelf. However, appearances can be deceptive! Ben waved farewell to Jisc last November and … Read more

Monographs and Shared Storage

You wait for ages and then, suddenly, monographs are everywhere! In the past week there’s been: Publication of the National Monograph Strategy Roadmap (obviously!); An interesting article by Ellen Collins about researcher views on the monograph following an OAPEN monographs survey, and finally; A post by Melissa Terras on the Guardian HE blog, arguing that if you … Read more

Principle Six: Delivering Benefits

  This is the second post in a series which explores the National Monographs Strategy project principles in some detail. My colleague Ben Showers described the principles in brief in an earlier post. Realising benefits is our sixth principle, but as you will see it is closely related to some of the other principles. Principle … Read more

Crunching Solutions!

The NMS project team recently got together to ‘crunch’ some of the outputs from our recent workshop exploring solutions. We got together to plan the next workshop where we want to build on the outputs of the last two workshops, developing the outline solutions further, and making sure we answer the problem statements that emerged from out first workshop. The … Read more

What are Your Top 3 Monograph Problems?

The project recently held its first expert workshop to explore the monographs problem space. With this first workshop we wanted to begin surfacing as many of the possible problems that the monograph strategy might need to address – the project tried not to constrain the discussions or problem statements too much; at this stage we … Read more

Help us to Map the Monographs Landscape

One of the principles of the National Monographs Strategy project is to make all our documents and reports openly available for comment and community input. We hope, that by taking this open approach, we can ensure we don’t miss anything important and get different perspectives on the work. We want to encourage active participation in … Read more