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Stepping Away from the Silos by Margaret Coutts

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Foreword and Acknowledgments

This book has its origins in my experience as a Director of two university libraries, as an active member of various Jisc, RLUK and SCONUL groups, and in particular as Chair of the Jisc Content Advisory Group from 2011 to 2014. In all these capacities, I observed that the problematic issue of effectively coordinating digitised content at national level recurred frequently, and always remained unresolved. The purpose of this book is to take stock of the UK's digitisation efforts since the 1990s, and to consider whether a solution could be found in using the country's existing outputs from publicly and philanthropically funded initiatives as a basis for a national digitisation framework.
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