Category Archives: monographs

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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8 Ideas for a National Approach to Monographs

The project recently had its third, and final (for this stage at least), workshop. The focus of this workshop was to begin building on the ideas that have been sketched and developed so far for a shared, national approach to scholarly monographs. I recently wrote about the refinement of the ideas that emerged from our … Read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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NMS at the SCONUL conference

The National Monographs Strategy project saw the light of day for the first time recently at the SCONUL conference in Dublin. This was an opportunity to talk a little bit about the project and our approach, and more importantly, a chance to get some initial feedback and input into the project from around 20 senior … Read more

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The start of something new!

Hello and welcome to the blog for the National Monograph Strategy project. The scholarly monograph – the book-length result of dedicated research, the gold standard for authorative academic publication – finds itself in a precarious position. It’s no longer sustainable, facing a number of grave challenges. Understanding these challenges  is a key part of this project … Read more

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