Jisc and Ex Libris Collaborate to Support UK Academic Libraries

The joint initiative will enable research libraries in the UK to easily manage and analyze their e-resource subscriptions

London, UK, (PresseBox) - Ex Libris Group®, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a collaborative agreement with Jisc to help academic libraries manage their e‑resources. The collaboration will improve library efficiency by continually updating data from Jisc's Knowledge Base+ (KB+) to the KnowledgeBase of the Ex Libris SFX® OpenURL link resolver and Alma library management solution.

Jisc, an organization providing digital services for UK education and research institutions, recently launched KB+, a shared community service for academic institutions in the UK. The initiative is designed particularly to assist libraries in managing titles and packages that are centrally negotiated on behalf of several UK consortia: NESLi2, the Scottish Higher Education Digital Library (SHEDL), and the Wales Higher Education Electronic Library (WHEEL).

Liam Earney, Knowledge Base+ project director, commented: "Through this collaborative effort, data from Jisc Collections will be continually updated in the SFX and Alma KnowledgeBase, thus enabling librarians to dedicate more of their time to user needs. Because details of e-resource packages from the cooperating consortia will be centrally managed and freely available under a CC0 license, we will be able to streamline the delivery of information about the contents of e-resource packages, for the benefit of library staff and end users."

"The collaboration with Jisc is one of several programs in which we are working with content providers and other organizations to support the availability of regional resources through our services," remarked David Beychok, vice president of discovery and delivery solutions at Ex Libris. "KB+ carries out important tasks such as data verification, normalization, and updates. As a result of the automated processes provided by the collaboration, our customer community will achieve significant time savings and greater accuracy in their e-resource collections. We are pleased to be working with Jisc in this way and look forward to continued collaboration that will benefit our many UK customers."

About Jisc and Jisc Collections

Jisc offers digital services for UK education and research, with a vision for the UK to be the most digitally advanced education and research nation in the world. Find out more at www.jisc.ac.uk or contact the press team at press@jisc.ac.uk.

Jisc Collections, part of the Jisc group, supports the procurement of digital content for UK education and research. As a shared service from Jisc Collections, Knowledge Base+ assists the UK academic community in the management of e‑resources. For more information, see http://www.kbplus.ac.uk/.

Ex Libris (Deutschland) GmbH

Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic, national, and research libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 90 countries on six continents.

Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables libraries to maximize productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.

For more information about Ex Libris Group, see our website and join us on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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