Project Outputs

The work of the JISC-funded SCONUL Shared Services project has resulted in a set of linked documents intended to understand in depth how ‘above campus’ (consortium or national) electronic resource management might benefit university libraries and what functions in might encompass.

The documentation is also of value to all institutions considering strategies and systems for the licensing and management of subscription resources.

The key outputs are:

  • Business Solution Documentation, available as both PDF and Word document. This consists of:
    • Part 1: Business Solution Definition, providing an introduction to all involved from service managers to software developers; this builds on the JISC UMF proposal to HEFCE (January 2011).
    • Part 2: Business Solution Context, providing additional operational detail for each function proposed for Phase 1 of the shared service in the Solution Definition.
  • Use Case documentation, presenting cross-referenced Use Cases developed with each of the 16 institutions participating in the requirements capture process. These documents are available online.
  • Service Usage Models, providing an initial bridge between user workflows, and something that might ultimately be implementable by software developers. These documents are available online.
  • In addition the University of Salford has been funded by JISC to develop a synthesis of ERM workflows detailed by the participants. These documents are available online.

This blog post is intended to formally note the end of the project (up to May 2011) to understand in depth how ‘above campus’ (consortium or national) electronic resource management might benefit university libraries and what functions in might encompass. Of course further work may well follow on from this project.

Sincere thanks for invaluable input to the 16 participating institutions; to Regina Ferguson and Angela Walker of the University of Salford and to Ken Chad for their roles as subject matter experts; to Kristin Antelman (North Carolina State University) and Michael Winkler (University of Pennsylvania) for channeling input from the Kuali OLE community; to Peter Burnhill (EDINA) and Ross Macintrye (Mimas) for review comments; and to Ben Showers of JISC for developing the core UMF proposal which is intended to develop key aspects of this work.