The question of the role and future of ‘the library’ has never been more prominent, as libraries work to redefine their roles and to re-conceive the value they provide to the research and teaching communities, remodelling the ways they deliver that value. Jisc and RLUK have been instrumental in driving the innovative use of ICT in libraries to drive efficiencies in library workflows, and to support researchers in their work.
We’re working with our stakeholders to develop a strategy that addresses some of these challenges head on – working with libraries to meet users existing needs, as well as anticipating them with innovation. Beyond ‘simple’ service provision, we see that an important part of our role is to work with others in the community to identify and solve the existing information and technology challenges of new and existing partners, funders and users in education sectors.
Through our innovation work, we are striving to deliver as high a quality and user-friendly service as possible – enhancing the search experience, as well as the coverage and scope of content to discover. We are also committed to working with the broader library community to exploit Copac as an enabling infrastructure for shared services, exploiting the potential of the data we have collectively invested in aggregating.
Our commitment to innovation can be seen through initiatives such as the Copac Collections Management Project and the now completed Copac Activity Data Projects. Also through our development of new APIs and documentation targeting developers wishing to work with our data.