New SCURL ‘task and finish’ group

The Benefits Of Sharing project is overseen by SCURL (Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries) and is being undertaken by staff from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Stirling.  At its recent meeting on the 23rd January 2013, SCURL approved the creation of a ‘task and finish’ group continue the work on the project.

The Benefits of Sharing project is contributing towards a new vision for library systems by investigating the following question:

“How would a shared library management system improve services in Scotland?”

The new group will consider the conclusions of the project, and take these forward.  Specifically it will look at what the possibilities might be of running a shared LMS in the future.  It will investigate its members timetables for LMS transitions, and perform exploratory to work to see what options there are for shared services.  The group can then consider what would be required to run a shared service – for example governance, vision, and planning.

The outputs of the group will be able to inform the future direction of SCURL and its members.

LMS Day – Booking information

The Benefits of Sharing: LMS Day

Date: 5th October 2012
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Venue: The Enterprise Zone, University Library, University of Stirling


This one-day event will ask the question, “Would a shared library management system improve services in Scotland?”.  The event is being run by the SCURL led ‘The Benefits of Sharing’ project, funded by JISC as part of its LMS Pathfinder Programme.

The day will focus on active participation for attendees, including round-table discussion and group work aimed at exploring the question in depth. By the end of the day we aim to have a clearer understanding of both the benefits and drawbacks of a shared LMS within Scotland, and a clear indication of whether the vision of the shared LMS is a viable and useful one for Scottish libraries.  The outcomes of this discussion will feed back into JISC’s investigations in this area.

Who Should Attend?
Anyone with an interest in Library Management Systems and the services they provide to higher education institutions in Scotland.  The event will appeal to different types of staff, including library service directors, systems librarians, digital library specialists, policy makers, and any staff who make use of the LMS and the facilities it offers.

The event is limited to a maximum of 40 participants, so space may be limited.

Introduction to the Day  – 10:00 – 10:30 (coffee from 9:30am)

  • Introduction to the Shared LMS for Scotland day – Mark Toole
  • Introduction to the JISC LMS Pathfinder Programme – Ben Showers (JISC)
  • Overview of sessions for the day – Stephanie Taylor, facilitator (Critical Eye Communications)

Session 1 – 10:30 – 12:00

  • What do we need from an LMS?
  • What does an LMS mean to us?

12:00 – 12:45 – Lunch break

Session 2 – 12:45 – 14:15

  • Are there particular areas of work that benefit from a shared LMS?

Session 3 – 14:15 – 15:30

  • Would a shared LMS work for Scotland? Facilitated by Sheila Cannell

Summary and Close – 15:30 – 16:00

SCURL Presentation

‘The Benefits of Sharing’ (TBOS) is a JISC funded project.  It is being led by the University of Edinburgh, along with the University of Stirling.  The Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL) is a partner in the project.

SCURL recently held their AGM, and we gave the following presentation to introduce the project.