Terms of Reference

Core Aims of the Advisory Group

  1. Help Jisc develop, implement and review strategy for the effective provision of its library management and bibliographic data services which takes account of the changing needs of higher education institutions and dynamic nature of library systems and services.
  2. Act as representatives of the HE sector providing advice, guidance and feedback to Jisc on the development and delivery of its library management and bibliographic data services to ensure that Jisc implements changes on the basis of well understood and evidenced user requirements, in particular the Jisc Library Support Services Transformation Programme and National Bibliographic Knowledgebase initiative.
  3. Provide advice on the programme of work to transform Jisc’s library management and bibliographic data services.
  4. Provide advice and guidance to Jisc to ensure that its library management and bibliographic data services are developed and presented in a coherent manner.
  5. Provide advice and guidance on development and planning work, making recommendations, and informing prioritisation, including areas such as interoperability, metadata and standards compliance.
  6. Work collaboratively with Jisc to help foster and maintain constructive relationships / partnerships within the sector, internationally and with third party systems and service providers.
  7. Help ensure that Jisc’s strategies in these areas are aligned with those of HE sector bodies, such as SCONUL and RLUK.
  8. Provide advice and guidance on how Jisc’s systems and services in these areas might best support the achievement of relevant HE sector strategies and objectives.
  9. Provide a conduit for feedback to and from other relevant Jisc advisory groups such as the Jisc Collections’ Content Strategy Group on matters of shared interest.

Governance and Organisation

Jisc will act as the convenor and secretariat for the group. The group will meet not less than twice per year.

The group may establish sub-groups as required, for example to provide domain expertise in areas such as metadata, analytics, technical infrastructure. These groups will report into the main group.

Membership structure

Unless otherwise stated, members will be representative of the library community and also of Jisc. The structure of the group will be:

  • Chair
  • Up to 15 senior members from across the academic library community, including:
    • 1 representative from the BL
    • 1 representative from RLUK
    • 1 representative from SCONUL
    • 1 representative from SCURL
    • 1 representative from WHELF

Executive members from Jisc (in particular Digital Resources and Futures) will be in attendance as required.

Term of Membership

  • Membership will be for a term of three years
  • The initial membership of the group will be drawn from the membership of the Knowledge Base+ Advisory Board and Bibliographic Data Services Oversight Group.
  • The appointment of additional members from the academic library community will be by nomination and invitation. In order to ensure a balance of membership representing the diversity of UK academic libraries, the call for nominations may focus on particular groups.
  • The Chair may, from time to time, co-opt members to ensure that the diversity of academic libraries is fully represented
  • Organisations with their own representatives on the group will select those representatives according to their own criteria.
  • The process for appointment will be reviewed every two years.
  • A member will be considered as having stood down if:
    • The member has two un-notified absences in a row (“un-notified” means the member did not call a reasonable contact in the organisers before the upcoming meeting to indicate they would be absent)
    • The member has three notified absences in a row

Responsibilities of members

  • Declare to the group any interests in or significant commitments to other companies or organisations, which may relate to areas of work or interests that the group is discussing and/or providing advice to Jisc.
  • For a code of best practice, be guided by the approach suggested in Nolan’s seven principles of public life:
    • Selflessness
    • Integrity
    • Objectivity
    • Accountability
    • Openness
    • Honesty
    • Leadership


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