Category Archives: libraries

The Squeezed Middle: Exploring the Future of Library Systems

Last week saw a two-day workshop, held at Warwick University, exploring the future of library systems.  I wanted to briefly highlight the format of the two days, and reflect on some of the outcomes from the event.  In particular, how the workshop has helped inform a new funding call that will be published in early … Read more

Mobile Infrastructure for Libraries – New Projects

As part of the Mobile Infrastructure for Libraries programme I am pleased to announce that 6 new projects have recently received funding, with projects starting in November and finishing in August 2012. The majority of the projects are innovating around library content and services to develop prototypes for the innovative delivery of scholarly content and library services. … Read more

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

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

OpenURL + open data = interesting possibilities

EDINA have released a fascinating dataset derived from their OpenURL Router service. The data has been made available under an ODC-PDDL licence with BY-SA community norms which allows it to be reused by anyone with an interest in the data. The OpenURL Router Data is derived from the logs of the OpenURL Router, a service for institutions who have … 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