Workshop on helping schools gain access to online resources

JISC Collections for Schools: helping schools gain affordable access to high quality and trusted online resources…
Wednesday 8 December 2010, 10:00 – 15:30
A JCS workshop hosted by Ecclesfield School, Sheffield in association with Sheffield Schools Library Service
Attendance is free – but places are limited!
At a time of significant budgetary challenges, how can school libraries and Schools Library Services be more effective in “supporting the educational objectives of the school by promoting literacy and access to knowledge” (School Libraries: A Plan for Improvement, 2010) – and how can JISC Collections for Schools (JCS) help?

The background
JCS offers school libraries the opportunity to provide students and teachers with 24×7 online access to over 20 online resources which have been selected to support teaching and learning across the curriculum from Key Stage 1 to A level and the International Baccalaureate. Through direct negotiation with publishers on behalf of all UK schools JCS has negotiated excellent prices and terms of use. Discounts are available to individual schools but additional savings of up to 80% are available to schools participating in buying groups.
Schools Library Services and local authorities are taking an active role in coordinating buying groups in many areas in order to achieve the highest possible discount. In addition, an increasing number of schools in informal local or regional networks are working together to secure the best possible pricing.
The day
• Why are online libraries important? Joyce Martin, JCS Director, will talk about why librarians across the UK are developing online libraries, and how they are helping to support the educational objectives of their schools.
• How can online resources support teaching and learning? The day will include demonstrations of resources from several publishers, plus an opportunity to try out the resources in the school’s well-equipped Media Centre.
• What’s involved in developing a JCS buying consortium and what can be achieved? Paul Vočka-Kelly, JCS Subscriptions Manager, will discuss the benefits of collaboration.
Booking arrangements
• There is no charge for attendance, and lunch is included sponsored by the Guardian and Observer Digital Archive.
• Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
• To book a place, please email your full contact details and any special dietary requirements to Sally Pelling-Deeves at
Deadline 1 December.
Find out more about JISC Collections for Schools at


Written by Nick Jeans

Nick is an e-learning consultant with Sero Consulting Ltd, Sheffield, working on projects with Yorkshire Forward, ALT, Becta, JISC and others.

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