Licence subscriptions manager is our new online ordering service for digital content agreements licensed through our Jisc Collections service and a range of Jisc products such as E-books for FE, Historical Texts, and JUSP. It enables users to:
Identify digital content, Jisc's digital resources, products and services that support teaching, learning and research in their institutions
Subscribe to products and services, then manage those subscriptions in one central place
Licence subscriptions manager replaces the functional (catalogue, purchase and "My account") elements of the current Jisc Collections website.
A root and branch review of the catalogue and online ordering function of the Jisc Collections website, which included a series of focus group meetings with service users, identified a number of areas where improvements were necessary. We required more adaptability to accommodate the increased complexity, plus a variety of licensing and business models for digital content that we negotiate. We also needed more robust infrastructure to enable us to integrate with other Jisc systems (finance, CRM) and our other library support services, such as Knowledge Base+.
Internally, we wanted more data automation and improved reporting to support and inform future negotiations. The development also forms part of our Transforming Library Support Services programme, one aim of which is to provide a coherent service offer with a consistent look and feel. The new site has the same look and feel as other Jisc services, including the recently launched Library hub services.
No. All other information on the Jisc Collections website about the licence and negotiation service we provide the sector - such as information on how we undertake negotiations, the model licence, our collections management development policy and our requirements for transformative open access agreements - is still there.
Jisc offers a diverse and growing suite of licensing and negotiation services, meaning that licence subscription manager will not be uniquely associated with Jisc Collections licensed agreements; it already includes a range of other services and products from Jisc such as TNE licensing, e-books for FE, Historical Texts, Journal Archives and JUSP. In future developments, we will be adding the Chest licensed content and software agreements.
You need to use licence subscriptions manager to sign-up to our other optional services, such as Jisc Historical texts and Journal archives, JUSP and e-books for FE in the same way that you used the old website. Otherwise, there is no impact on other services.
Transaction management charges or TMCs are charges applied to Jisc Collections licence agreements to cover the costs associated with providing an administration service to pay content owners/vendors on behalf of a Jisc member or customer. They are set as fixed amounts, determined by multiple factors.