Making your digital collections easier to discover. Booking is now open for our two workshops on 15 and 22 November

Karen Colbron, Digital Content Manger writes:

Jisc is offering two one-day workshops to help you increase the reach of your digital collections, optimise them for discovery and evaluate their impact.

‘Exploiting digital collections in learning, teaching and research’ will be held on Tuesday 15 November.

‘Making google work for your digital collections’ will be held on Tuesday 22 November.

If your organisation has digital collections, or plans to develop them, our workshops will help you maximize the reach of those collections online, demonstrate the impact of their usage, and help you build for future sustainability. They will equip you with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Increase the visibility of your digital collections for use in learning, teaching and research
  • Encourage collaboration between curators and users of digital collections
  • Strategically promote your digital collections in appropriate contexts, for a range of audiences
  • Optimise your collection for discovery via Google and other search tools
  • Use web analytics to track and monitor access and usage of your digital collections
  • Evaluate impact and realise the benefits of investment in your digital colection

Who should attend?

Anyone working in education and research, who manages, supports and/or promotes digital collections for teaching, learning and research. Those working in similar roles in libraries, archives and museums would also benefit.

Both workshops will be held at Jisc office, Brettenham House, London and will offer a mix of discussion, practical activities and post-workshop resources to support online resource discovery activities.

For more information and to book your place please visit

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International advances in digital scholarship – Jisc and CNI conference

In today’s scholarly communication environment, it’s easy to be heads down implementing various funder and government policy requirements on open access and research data management.

For all involved in academic research, no matter whether as a researcher, managing services to support research, or providing oversight and leadership,  we all need to occasionally pause to take a broader look at what’s happening in the world of scholarly communications and open research. What are the current issues we, as a community, face in academic research, and what initiatives are currently in progress to help address them? How will the digital research environment look in five years time?

Jisc CNI conference 2016

Jisc and CNI have a long tradition in running a joint conference exploring the current issues around scholarly communications. This partnership helps to bring unique insight and ideas from both sides of the Atlantic. This year the conference, entitled ‘International advances in digital scholarship’ aims to answer these questions posed above.

The event will address a number of themes including: sustainability of open access; tracking research and research metrics; analytics; research incentives and managing active research. For anyone involved in academic research, the conference aims to ensure those attending will have a horizon scan of the areas of disruption and key developments coming in the future.

The one day conference is on the 6 July at Wadham College, Oxford, with a drinks reception the evening before.

You can find out more and register for the event on the Jisc and CNI 2016 conference page. Early bird booking closes this Friday, 13 May.



Welcome to library & scholarly futures.

As I write I, Chris Keene, have been in my new role at Jisc for exactly one month. We are based in the Digital Futures division of Jisc – think R&D – looking at medium/long term developments in the Library and scholarly spaces and how we can support them.

We have a number of initiatives and projects in planning. Some of these will be potential future services and will follow the Jisc phases of innovation. Those that successfully make it to a fully support live service will then be handed over to others within Jisc to support and develop further, we will move on to new things.

You can expect to see posts on here from Verena Weigert and myself, who make up the library and scholarly futures team. If you have any questions, feel free to comment or drop my an email at:


A Replicator from Star Trek and a contemporary 3D printer, replicating a Gin based drink. ( CC BY-SA 3.0 )