Shared and Collaborative Services

The Buzz: news and useful links

LMS Change Project

The Jisc library systems programme which started in 2009 to investigate the future potential of the library system , has now come to an end. It was marked by a Jisc/SCONUL workshop on 15 July which provided an opportunity to discuss the implications of the various Jisc funded LMS projects for the future, particularly in the context of shared services.   

Ben Showers (Jisc Programme Manager) and Suzanne Enright (University of Westminster) have also written a report for issue 59 of SCONUL Focus which highlights the radical changes in the landscape of the LMS -often now referred to as Library Services Platforms-  over recent years.

We seem to be on the cusp of significant change in the library systems environment and SSCSG have already started discussing with Jisc ideas for future development which include integration with institutional systems, sharing experience of different approaches, analytics, and the potential for shared services.  A Jisc/SCONUL workshop is planned for early 2014 to provide practical support for libraries looking to change/procure systems or affect strategic change.

The JISC programme website, including  a full list of the projects is here:

The LMS Change project  website will be available shortly.

Knowledge Base+

Over 100 institutions are now engaged with Knowledge Base +, which  is transitioning  from a project to a service. 

The new release of KB+ (version 3.3) was released on 26 September and includes better communications functionality and integration with JUSP (Journal Usage Statistics Portal); further details can be found on the KB+ blog at

As part of the current Jisc Co-Design programme, a KB+ extension project will be working on the challenges of incorporation of  e-book licences and post-cancellation access.

Research Data Management

SCONUL and Jisc have been discussing the outline structure for a briefing on RDM  by Rachel Bruce (Innovation Director for Digital Infrastructure at Jisc)  The  date for the briefing will be confirmed shortly, and we will be seeking a follow-up meeting with representatives from SCONUL, ARMA , UCISA, RLUK and RUGIT to ensure a joined-up approach to RDM activities. CILIP’s input would also be sought.

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.

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

Collections and Access

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

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.

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.