ProQuest is working with Jisc to enable UK higher education institutions (HEIs) to build strong, user-centered research collections that better support their research focus areas and budgets.
The company is taking part in an innovative group purchasing pilot program aimed at supporting HEIs with a more efficient, coordinated and transparent approach to the acquisition of digital archival primary source collections that Jisc set up in response to requirements from its members. This group purchasing program leverages institutions’ collective purchasing power to enable the widest adoption of digital primary source archives.
Institutions will be able to select from a broad range of resources and pledge their interest until mid-July. The final price of each resource database will be based on the number of pledges received from institutions across any of the ProQuest products offered in the pilot program.
This program will also allow HEIs to trial the resources databases for up to 90 days at no cost. ProQuest’s detailed trial-usage statistics let HEIs make data-driven purchase decisions, expanding their collections with materials that have demonstrated value to each of their communities.
The pilot includes databases that address the interests and needs of the UK HEI community – including librarians, faculty and end users. Anchored by seven essential databases that support core curriculum needs and research interests, the ProQuest offering also includes a rich variety of new and noteworthy products, enabling institutions to customize to the needs of their users. While each HEI chooses their own custom menu of products, they’re able to take advantage of preferential group pricing.
'There is plenty of evidence that the use of digital archives of primary source material has a positive impact on teaching, learning and research at the undergraduate and postgraduate level,' said Paola Marchionni, head of digital resources for teaching, learning and research at Jisc. 'These resources have become part of the scholarly communication lifecycle, and through this new approach to purchasing we’re hoping to lower the barriers to adopt and support the widest access to these important collections.'