Jisc offers digital services for UK education and research. The charity does this to achieve its vision for the UK to be the most digitally advanced education and research nation in the world. Working together across the higher education, further education and skills sectors, Jisc provides trusted advice and support, reduces sector costs across shared network, digital content, IT services and procurement negotiations, ensuring the sector stays ahead of the game with research and development for the future.



Mimas is made up of experts in the organisation and dissemination of data. Its central purpose is the development of technology that makes information available to those who need it for education and research – whatever their field, and in the way that works best for them.  Mimas works collaboratively with RLUK and libraries across the UK to develop tools and services that meet community needs and make resources and materials discoverable on the Web.


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The European Library is a not-for-profit library for library membership organisation managed by the national and research libraries of Europe, and steered by three influential library organisations: CENL, CERL, and LIBER.

The European Library provides highly curated datasets and pan-European collections for researchers worldwide. Users can explore millions of resources from national and research libraries across Europe from their online portal, which holds over 24 million pages of full-text content, 18 million digital objects and 119 million bibliographic records.

RLUK joined The European Library consortium in August 2013, a partnership that will see the ingestion of data from RLUK’s member libraries into The European Library portal, providing researchers across the globe with greater access to digital items and bibliographic records held by these libraries.



Ithaka S+R is a research and consulting service that helps academic, cultural, and publishing communities in making the transition to the digital environment. We pursue projects in programmatic areas that are critical to the advancement of the academic community.

Ithaka S+R is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization that also includes JSTOR and Portico.



The National Archives was created between 2003 and 2006 through the merger of The Public Record Office, The Historical Manuscript Commission, The Office of Public Sector Information, and Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. The National Archives is the official archives of the UK Government and for England and Wales and oversees the preservation of public records in ‘places of deposit’, i.e. other archive services appointed under the Public Records Act 1958 to hold public records.

 In 2011 The National Archives was given responsibility for archive sector leadership within England following the dissolution of the Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA). The National Archives works to engage with practitioners, managers and funders across the archive sector to promote service development, improvement and sustainability, and is the assessor body of the Archive Service Accreditation Standard for archives across England. The National Archives works closely with partners across the heritage, cultural and academic sectors to enhance public access to archival collections, wherever they are held, and is an Independent Research Organisation in its own right.


OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC’s WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world’s collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.


LIBER (the Association of European Research Libraries) is the main network for research libraries in Europe, with more than 400 members from 40 countries. We work to represent the interests of European research libraries, their universities and their researchers in several key areas. We lobby policymakers on issues such as Copyright and Open Access, and we collaborate with our member libraries on European-funded projects such as FOSTER and OpenAIRE. We look forward to meeting you at our next Annual Conference, where we create opportunities for library professionals to meet and learn from each other.



The AEUP is an organisation for University Presses across Europe to help them build stronger relationships between them, to co-operate and share knowledge in order to reach common goals and to jointly address important issues in a currently turbulent time in publishing.

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