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So, JISC has released a call for enhancing Library Management Systems. Interesting. From looking through the call it has plenty of scope but, due to the funding, only HEIs or FE Colleges with over 400 FTE HE learners can lead a bid. We have a number of these in our region so those colleges that are eligible, why don’t you put together a bid? Remember that the bid must be focussed on your HE learners and your HE provision. For this particular bid, consortia established solely for the bid are not encouraged to apply due to the short timescale (existing consortia can apply)
The call is split into 4 themes all focussing on different aspects of the JISC’s Enhancing Library Systems initiative.
Have you recently implemented a new Resource Discovery Service such as Primo or AquaBrowser? If you have, this theme is for you. There is up to 10k available for each project with approximately 5 to 8 projects sought.
Funding is provided towards the costs of implementing, using and evaluating the system and not the cost of purchasing the system
Themes B1 and B2
Although it is possible to bid solely for B1 (for which a maximum of £25k is available) JISC are encouraging bidders to work on both themes.
B1: Enhancing existing Online Public Access Catalogues
This theme is focussed on enhancing existing library catalogues and producing “How To” guides for other institutions to adopt. This may involve creating an “Amazon.co.uk” style Opac in liaison with your LMS supplier (however the supplier must not take more than 20% of the cost of the project), or incorporating collaborative tools such as Social Bookmarking. The aim for the project is for the information and code created to be sharable with other uses of the LMS.
Proposals should result in a significant overall enhancement to an existing OPAC
B2: Making library resources and services available outside library Web environments
For this part of the call you will need a software developer (for which some of the money available can be used to fund). A maximum of £40k is available to develop widgets and portals to embed the LMS into other institutional systems such as VLEs, Facebook, social networking sites etc…
Proposals are invited for projects which develop widgets and/or portlets to embed access to library resources and services within institutional, social and/or personal Web environments.
Theme C is focussed on exploring problem areas with LMS and highlighting their current limitations which restrict libraries from providing services as they would wish. There is a maximum of £5k available per case study which involves identifying the problem, illustrating how improved systems integration could enhance the learning experience and documenting any work-arounds that have been established.
It is intended that these case studies will be used as the basis of a number of workshops in which case study institutions will share their experiences.
The call can be found on the JISC website at:
If there’s anything the I can do to help bidders, please do get in touch.