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CLIR and Jisc Announce Partnership to Enhance Digital Services for Libraries and Research

Trans-national collaboration to boost support for academic research communities


Kathlin Smith

Emily Jones

Washington, DC, and Bristol, UK, March 29, 2017—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Jisc today announced a partnership to advance programs of mutual interest for academic communities on both sides of the Atlantic.

Jisc, the UK’s higher, further education and skills sectors’ organization for digital services and solutions, and CLIR, a US-based community-building, research, and leadership organization serving academic and cultural institutions, will explore trans-national collaboration around the development of digital libraries and research data repositories. The partnership will also focus on the professional development needs of their sectors, and shared services that could reduce costs, create greater efficiencies and better serve the academic research community.

“I am delighted at the prospects of working with Jisc to explore interdependencies across our organizations,” said CLIR President Charles Henry. “Our approach will be more vigorous than collaboration or cooperation; we will explore integrating services, tools, platforms, research, and expertise that enhances the capacity of our constituencies by providing an array of services and programs we could not offer separately.”

The two organizations have agreed to work toward the following shared goals:

  • advance skills and expertise relating to digital proficiency to help achieve the possibilities of modern digital empowerment for current and subsequent generations
  • promote the highest quality of content and connectivity for digitally based education programs, inculcating best practices and sharing of the most effective, robust tools and applications
  • promote the development of a coherent, well-managed digital environment in support of innovative teaching and research, facilitating communities of learning and practice, and stressing the interrelatedness of all electronic-based academic efforts

Paul Feldman, Chief Executive of Jisc, noted “ We’re excited to be working with CLIR, to both increase the savings and services already on offer to our members, and to collaborate on our organizations’ areas of expertise for mutual benefit.”

A joint CLIR/Jisc program board will be established to develop, monitor, and report on collaborative projects going forward.

About CLIR

CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. Through its programs, which include the Digital Library Federation and Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives, CLIR aims to promote forward-looking collaborative solutions that transcend disciplinary, institutional, professional, and geographic boundaries in support of the public good.

About Jisc

Jisc is the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organization for digital services and solutions. Jisc

  • operates shared digital infrastructure and services
  • negotiates sector-wide deals with IT vendors and commercial publishers and
  • provides trusted advice and practical assistance for universities, colleges and learning providers.

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