The JCS story
The JCS story goes back to 2008 when a Government quango funded JISC Collections to extend its negotiations with publishers and a centralised subscription service for UK Higher Education to UK schools sector. This initiative was a success seeing an ongoing demand for academic e-resources to support teaching and learning at specially negotiated prices.
When the funding ended in 2010, Project Director, Joyce Martin thought it so important this service to schools continued that she established JCS Online Resources as her own business. A necessary move from almost 30 years in the public sector supporting e-learning in education.
JCS began with 13 e-resources from nine publishers for UK Schools. The JCS catalogue now includes almost 40 resources for UK schools, about half that for schools worldwide plus a smaller collection for Public Library Authorities and Further Education Colleges.
Why this conference?
The academic roots and core objectives of the government funded ‘JISC Collections for Schools’ initiative remain firmly embedded within JCS.
In fact, the need for trusted e-resources from academic publishers is even more imperative given the explosion of the Internet since the initiative’s inception.
However, the introduction of such e-resources has meant a culture change in schools and not least for libraries and librarians. JCS has therefore become increasingly involved in providing support and advice about the importance of trusted sources, the risks and opportunities of digital technologies, and the need to provide students (and staff) with appropriate guidance and skills.
Therefore, this conference, ‘From Digital Literacy to Independent Learning: challenges and opportunities for librarians and teachers’ is the next step. JCS is bringing digital literacy centre stage and providing the opportunity to discuss, share and to learn in a collaborative forum.