The Digital Content Store (DCS) has been operating for over 5 years now, with over 135 HEIs signed up.
In the last three years a growing number of requests for digital copies within the DCS now come from third-party integrations, with around 20% coming from Reading List providers in the last year.
Third party integrations allow requests to be made directly from your online reading list provider, with your academics / admin staff able to source metadata from integrated catalogue and discovery services.
These requests come into the DCS already pre-filled and are able to auto match from the course and content request details.
Once links are generated in the DCS, these are placed automatically back on the Reading List for users to access.
You can find out more about our integrations with our most recent blogs.
- From Royal Holloway about their Talis integration.
- From the University of Manchester about their Leganto integration.
- From Birmingham City University about their KeyLinks integration.
These were also talks, with Tavistock and Portman this time talking about their KeyLinks integration, at our most recent CITE meeting. A recording of these talks can be found at the start of this video of the afternoon session.
Choosing a Reading List system is a major decision, and the DCS integrates with all the major providers and will look to integrate with any new systems in the market with its free-to-use APIs. It is important that your acquisitions teams are reviewing how the DCS integrates with these providers, just as you would any other service. It’s also important to measure how a DCS integration with a provider will work against using their own solution, if available.
For that reason, we have created some tender questions that we believe should be asked as part of any tender or review of reading lists systems before a choice is made. Please share these with your senior management and acquisition teams and encourage them to get in touch, should they have any questions.
About the author
David has been a Product Manager for the DCS at CLA since August 2017, previously working in the Education and Operations Teams in CLA since 2008. Outside of work David enjoys writing, reading, gaming (currently obsessed with the new Red Dead Redemption), and films.
You can find out more about the Digital Content Store here.