Library and general shared services resource links

Systems and Discovery

HEFCE – SCONUL Shared Services Study
Business case submitted to HEFCE in late 2009 for development of a UK wide shared service focused on the licensing and management of electronic content. Includes resources on evidence, trends, vision, benefits and governance.

Jisc Library Systems Support and Guidance
Outputs from the 2013 Jisc LMS change project which assessed past, present and future aspects of HE Library Management Systems (LMS) requirements. Resources include landscape analysis, case studies, toolbox and checklists.

Library Systems Shared Services Feasibility Study (Wales)
Blog originally established for a Jisc funded Library Systems Shared Services Feasibility Study project to develop a business case for a shared Library Management System across Welsh HE. Now chronicles procurement and implementation progress of a shared Library Management System for all Higher Education Institutions in Wales, plus the National Library of Wales, and the Welsh NHS Libraries.

The Benefits of Sharing (Scotland)
Resources from a Jisc funded project in 2012-13 to investigate how a shared library management system might improve services in Scotland. Resources include analysis of services, systems and content.

SCURL Library Services Platform Task Force
Task Force established by the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL) to develop a vision and business case for the development of a shared library services platform for Scottish universities, colleges and the National Library of Scotland.

Bloomsbury Library Management System
Blog of the Libraries of the Bloomsbury Colleges working together with Senate House Libraries to build a 21st Century Library Management System as a shared service using the Kuali OLE system. Resources include horizon scanning and specifications.

SDLC – Scottish Digital Library Consortium
Web site of longstanding consortium of academic libraries and National Library of Scotland which operates shared library management, resource discovery and institutional repository services.

Search 25 – Shared Resource Discovery Service
Blog of the Jisc funded project to develop a new open resource discovery experience at a regional level, offering researchers the advantages of both local/regional and national resource discovery.

Higher Education Library Technology – Shared Services for Library Systems
Wiki managed by Ken Chad Consulting for an open ‘conversation’ on opening up the library technology market involving all stakeholders. Resources include a table of which systems institutions are using, discussions on major issues, library perspectives and vendor perspectives.

Survey of LMS Migration Intentions and Early Adopters Views of Next Generation LMS
Marshall Breeding’s seventh annual Library Automation Perceptions Report provides evaluative ratings submitted by individuals representing over three thousand libraries from 53 countries and includes candidate systems under consideration, plus  impressions that libraries express regarding some of the new-generation library services platforms.

Resource Discovery Priorities (Jisc International Discovery Summit)
Resources and outcomes from the Jisc Discovery summit in February 2013.

Innovative Interfaces  - “Join the Discussion on Resource Sharing”
A series of articles commissioned by III undertaken by UK consultants in dialogue with UK library staff. Topics covered include shared services & the local library platform; analytics, the value of sharing; library service platforms; last copy services.

Collections and Access

Website of the shared community service from Jisc Collections that aims to help UK libraries manage their e-resources more efficiently.

Report on selection, management and delivery of e-books
Report of Jisc/ SCONUL 2013-14 feasibility study on the potential of extending KB+ to include e-books. Includes results of extensive consultation identifying general e-book “pain points”, identifies actions that might be taken at local library, consortium or national levels and in the supply chain to address those pain points, recommendations and priorities.

Feasibility of Extending KB+ to Post Cancellation Access
Report of Jisc/ SCONUL 2013-14 feasibility study on the potential of extending KB+ to include Post Cancellation Access. Includes use cases, related services, recommendations and priorities.

E-Book Acquisition as a Shared Service in M25
Blog of 2012-13 Jisc funded project investigating collaborative purchasing of e-books with particular reference to the Patron Driven Acquisitions approach (PDA).

Collaborative Collection Management
Blog of 2012-13 Jisc funded project investigating collaborative collection management using an analysis of the RLUK community bibliographic metadata in Copac.

Walk In Access – WATER
Final report of the SCONUL Task & Finish Group on Access Issues which investigated providing visitor access to e-resources. Contains guidelines and advice, supported by case studies and additional sources of information on walk-in access.

Shared Procurement – SHEDL
The Scottish Higher Digital Library (SHEDL) is the first super-consortial purchasing scheme of its kind in the UK providing the eighteen Scottish Higher Education Institutions with access to over 3,460 online journals and 39,000 ebooks from leading academic publishers.

Jisc APC Pilot
Pilot project managed by Jisc Collections that aims to assist UK higher education institutions and publishers worldwide in managing Gold OA article processing charges.

Research Data Management

Developing Research Data Management Services
Resources to help institutions develop research data management services, including how-to guide and a series of case studies.

Library Business Analytics

Library Analytics and Metrics Project (Jisc)
2013 Jisc funded project aiming to enable libraries to capitalise on the many types of data they capture in day-to-day activities, using this to support the improvement and development of new services and demonstrate value and impact in new ways across the institution.


Shared Services Jiscinfokit
Resource exploring the potential of shared services in the HE sector. Includes models for sharing, practical steps towards shared services and experiences of existing shared services.

HEFCE shared services
List of feasibility studies including libraries and shared service pilots funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

HEIDS Shared Services Report
Report of Scottish Funding Council funded 2011 project undertaken by the Higher Education Information Directors Scotland (HEIDS) which established the feasibility of a collaborative approach by Scottish higher and further education institutions to a phased adoption of Above Campus IT Services.

Above Campus Services (Educause – US)
Seminal 2009 report which analyses the development of new models for aggregating above-campus IT services for higher education.

UCISA Shared Services Activities
Background and case studies of IT shared services in UK HE.