The NBK, originally proposed in Jisc’s National Monograph Strategy, will support the learning and research needs of the UK higher education community. The collection management challenges currently facing UK academic institutions have sparked the need for a new system.
The vision is to extend the capabilities of the current Copac service, by investing in technology that can ingest diverse library data at higher speed and greater volume. The new service will enable a shift in the way that libraries manage their print and digital collections and in the ways that people access those resources.
“This exciting collaborative partnership is an important part of building a national digital library for the UK,” explains Neil Grindley, head of resource discovery at Jisc. Commenting on OCLC’s appointment, Grindley continues: “OCLC was selected because they are uniquely positioned to connect library data-hubs at scale to the global network. OCLC is built on collaboratively making knowledge sharable and reusable by all contributing libraries and organisations that support discovery and enhancement of that information.”
Working closely with RLUK, SCONUL, The British Library, individual representatives from academic libraries, publishers, licensing organisations, and service providers, the building of the new system will be a community endeavor.
Neil Wilson, head of collection metadata at The British Library, commented on their involvement:
“With its aim of combining new technology, rich metadata assets and the collective experience of leading library community members, the National Bibliographic Knowledgebase fits perfectly with The British Library’s strategic objectives for effective collaboration.”
The NBK is regarded as a key element in the delivery against the core challenges of the ongoing management of print and digital collections, and sustainable and convenient access to digital books for researchers and learners. The NBK will provide a source of information that libraries can confidently rely upon when making decisions about the future of the resources that they manage and make accessible.
Supported by WorldCat, the world’s largest aggregation of library data, the project is due to start in January 2017, with launch of a beta service projected in January 2018.
Speaking on behalf of OCLC, Eric van Lubeek, Vice President, Managing Director OCLC EMEA and APAC said:
“We are simply delighted to be partnering with Jisc for the development of the NBK. We know the importance of this project to UK academia and will seek to engage the whole community. This change will increase the quality and comprehensiveness of information across the whole UK bibliographic ecosystem.”