A transnational collaboration launches to boost support for academic research communities.
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Jisc announced this week a partnership to advance programmes of mutual interest for academic communities, on both sides of the Atlantic.
Jisc, and CLIR, a US-based community-building, research, and leadership organisation, serving academic and cultural institutions, will explore transnational collaboration around the development of digital libraries and research data repositories.
The partnership will also focus on the professional development needs of their sectors, and shared services that could reduce costs, create greater efficiencies and better serve the academic research community.
“I am delighted at the prospects of working with Jisc to explore interdependencies across our organisations,”
said CLIR president, Charles Henry.
“Our approach will be more vigorous than collaboration or cooperation; we will explore integrating services, tools, platforms, research, and expertise that enhances the capacity of our constituencies, by providing an array of services and programmes we could not offer separately.”
The two organisations have agreed to work toward the following shared goals:
- Advance skills and expertise relating to digital proficiency to help achieve the possibilities of modern digital empowerment for current and subsequent generations
- Promote the highest quality of content and connectivity for digitally based education programmes, inculcating best practices and sharing of the most effective, robust tools and applications
- Promote the development of a coherent, well-managed digital environment in support of innovative teaching and research, facilitating communities of learning and practice, and stressing the interrelatedness of all electronic-based academic efforts
Paul Feldman, chief executive of Jisc, noted:
“We’re excited to be working with CLIR, to both increase the savings and services already on offer through members, and to collaborate on our organisations’ areas of expertise for mutual benefit."
A joint CLIR/Jisc programme board will be established to develop, monitor, and report on collaborative projects going forward.
CLIR is an independent, non-profit organisation that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. Through its programmes, which include the Digital Library Federation and Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives, CLIR aims to promote forward-looking collaborative solutions that transcend disciplinary, institutional, professional, and geographic boundaries in support of the public good. To learn more, visit the CLIR website.