What we do
We have extensive experience working with leading funders, libraries, consortia, subscription agents, vendors, and publishers. We have a strategic overview of the rapidly changing information landscape, and the important trends and opportunities this change brings, coupled with decades of combined management experience. We have unique networks of influence, and are trusted to enhance understanding and build positive relationships between stakeholders. We enjoy convening expert groups to develop, pilot, and deploy new products and services and negotiating access to content and services.
We have a track record in developing and delivering innovative services and business models. All of us have been involved in exciting developments in information services including initiatives in accessibility, digital preservation, consortial licensing, content management, electronic publishing, open access, open science, standards, and identifiers. When needed, we are able to tap into a broad network of consultants with further specialist skills.
The following list of projects illustrates some of the expertise we bring:
- For many university libraries, space shortage remains a major challenge, particularly balancing the need for increasing study space whilst some physical collections continue to grow. We were invited by The National Monograph Steering Group (NMSG), comprised of representatives from RLUK, the British Library, Jisc, HEFCE, SCONUL and UKRR to investigate the feasibility of collaborative monograph solutions for UK libraries.
- Consortia worldwide are struggling to find sustainable and cost-effective business models for purchasing e-books, and so for Jisc we ran the e-book consortia pilot to trial methods for collaborative licensing of individual titles.
- ORCID is now an internationally recognised standard for its work in providing unique identifiers for scientific and other academic authors. We were commissioned to inform the UK academic libraries and HEI sector, and the association for Research Managers and Administrators on the findings of the HEI ORCID pilot projects, which enabled research managers to build a business case for ORCID adoption in HEIs and to encourage wider adoption of ORCID.
- Distributed Usage Logging (DUL) allows publishers to capture traditional usage activity related to their content that happens on sites other than their own, so they can provide reports of “total usage” regardless of where that usage happens. Our study investigated user demand for such reporting to academic libraries.
Transition to Open Access
- We have investigated the total cost of ownership of journal collections carrying out detailed analysis of data from UK institutions between 2007 to early 2014, mapping the landscape particularly with reference to hybrid journal models and modelling the true cost for institutions of compliance with open access policies.
- Successful transition requires dialogue and so we were pleased to designed and project managed the workshop and community consultation for the report Open Access Fees and the Hybrid Journal.
Improving Supply Chains
- Librarians desperately want to satisfy student demand by providing more e-books but are frequently unable to find or acquire around 50% of the titles they need in e-format. Our study through collaborative discussion with UK academic librarians and publishers investigated the problem, discovered many issues in the supply chain and made practical recommendations to Jisc.