Author Archives: Ben Showers

Understanding the Information Support Needs of Scholars

Today sees the start of a new programme of work that’s exploring Research Support Services for Scholars (RSS4S) being undertaken by Ithaka S+R. As the blog for the projects makes clear: This series of discipline-specific projects aims to provide critically needed research about the evolving behavior of scholars to the information support service providers who … Read more

Usability Workshop – Emerging Themes from jiscUX

The following blog post is a brief report from a recent usability workshop held in central London.  Programme managers Ben Showers and Torsten Reimer describe some of the themes that emerged from the day. The Usability and Learnability programme recently held a small workshop in central London where the 12 projects making up the programme … Read more

jiscUX: Usability and ‘Learnability’ projects funded

JISC has recently funded a number of projects as part of the grant funding call 01/11: Digital infrastructure: Embedding usability & improving the uptake of resources & tools. Most projects have just started, and over the next few weeks they will begin publishing their project plans and initial blog posts. The support project at Southampton … Read more

Developing a Mobile Infrastructure for Libraries: Funding Call

In the next couple of weeks JISC will be issuing a funding call to investigate Developing a Digital Infrastructure for the effective delivery of library content and services to mobile devices. In what is essentially an experiment I have decided to post the ‘background’ section of the funding call on the blog. I have done … Read more

Rethinking the Library: Innovation in a time of limited resources

Below are the main outcomes from the ‘Rethinking the Library’ session at the JISC conference 2011. Following the session on ‘rethinking the library’ at the JISC conference 2011, I thought I would try to capture and share some of the outcomes and discussions that resulted from the session. Although the aim was somewhat grand, in … Read more

‘Open Edge’: open library systems

Momentum (noun): “The impetus and driving force gained by the development of a process or course of events” (Oxford English Dictionary) Momentum seems the right word to use in connection with the ‘Open Edge – Open Source in Libraries’ event that took place in Edinburgh over two days (25 – 26th January, 2011). Part of … Read more

Open Edge: ‘Mashed Libraries’ and JISClms

Tomorrow I am flying up to Edinburgh to attend the Mashed Libraries: Open Edge-Open Source event which runs Tuesday and Wednesday.  This particular mashed libraries event (Haggis and Mash) is being supported by SCONUL and JISC, and has been developed with the Enhancing  Library Management Systems programme (JISClms) which recently came to an end. The … Read more