Paola Marchionni

Head of engagement

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I work across diverse teams and a range of products, services and initiatives aimed at ensuring that researchers, teachers and learners can find and access the scholarly resources they need. These range from library and archive data aggregation services to the provision of teaching and learning content and digital collections.

Digital archival collections are a particular focus of my work, especially supporting libraries in purchasing commercially produced archives and devising new partnerships and business models for the creation, use and discovery of digitised collections.

I’m also responsible for ensuring we have a balanced portfolio across services and activities, encouraging the exploration of new ideas following Product Lifecycle Management methodologies and ultimately that we deliver value and impact for Jisc members.

A lot of my time is spent on external stakeholder engagement activities with members, strategic networks and potential partners primarily within the library, arts and humanities academic community, cultural heritage sector and commercial players, to keep abreast of changing needs and explore new opportunities.


I’ve been at Jisc since 2007 and used to work as programme manager on large-scale national digitisation projects that provided access to millions of pages of texts, images, 3D and multimedia resources, in support of education and research.

Before Jisc I managed a range of digital and digitisation projects within the academic and cultural heritage sector, and despite not being a librarian, my very first job was at the (then) Commonwealth Institute library.