January 28, 2022

Academic Libraries: JISC Publishes National Monograph Roadmap For the UK

From an Introductory Blog Post by the Roadmap’s Author, Ben Showers:

As library print collections age, and the availability and use of digital articles and books increases, libraries are obliged to consider what items should remain on the shelves, what should be digitised and what should be removed from local collections and preserved elsewhere.

Physical space is at a premium within university libraries as students and researchers increasingly occupy collaborative social and working spaces, and the arguments for physical books and journals to remain on shelves becomes ever more difficult to justify.


The roadmap articulates a vision that – within five years – UK researchers and students will have unparalleled access to a distributed national research collection enabled by an open collaborative national infrastructure. It is much more than a vision however. It aims to be a doable, practical framework to bring about action, guide effort and solicit engagement both for individual universities and for the sector as a whole.

Seven Core Ideas of Roadmap

1. A monographs knowledgebase

2. An impact service

3. A shared monograph publishing platform

4. New monograph business models

5. A national digitisation strategy

6. A national license for monographs

7. A monographs ‘think tank’

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.