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Jisc and Adam Matthew connect to make digital primary sources more accessible for UK Higher Education

March 21, 2017

A vast selection of digital primary sources are now available through a group purchasing pilot to further enhance UK teaching and research

Marlborough, UK. UK Higher Education institutions are now able to benefit from a group purchasing pilot with Jisc which sees multiple Adam Matthew digital research and teaching collections made available to purchase at an exceptional discount level.

Aimed at supporting Higher Education institutions with a coordinated approach to acquiring digital primary source collections, the group purchasing pilot also addresses budget constraints by leveraging institutions’ collective purchasing power.

“We’re delighted Adam Matthew has joined this pilot to test new approaches to the purchasing of digital archival collections, a requirement that emerged from consultation with Jisc members. Digital collections of primary source material are increasingly used not just in research but also in teaching and learning to support innovative pedagogy and curriculum design. We hope that by working in collaboration with publishers we can make content more affordable for institutions and enable greater take up.”- Paola Marchionni, Head of Digital Resources for Teaching, Learning and Research at Jisc

Adam Matthew aims to inspire students and enable teaching through the digitisation of unique primary sources. The UK academic community can now select from six different collections within the scheme which cover themes of literature, society, and performance, and the history of discovery and innovation.

Between March-mid-July 2017 university libraries will be able to pledge their interest in any of these collections with the principle of “the more products bought collectively, the greater the saving”.

“Partnering with Jisc to explore new ways for institutions to purchase our resources is a great opportunity to utilise the buying power of the consortium whilst maintaining independent title selection by each institution. We are delighted that this initiative will give more universities the opportunity to offer access to this unique primary source content to their students, librarians and faculty.”- Oliver Stacy, Head of International Sales

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About Adam Matthew (

Adam Matthew, an imprint of SAGE Publishing, is an award-winning publisher of digital primary source collections for the humanities and social sciences. Sourced from leading libraries and archives around the world, their unique research and teaching collections cover a wide range of subject areas from medieval family life to twentieth century history, literature and culture.      @AdamMatthewGrp


About Jisc (

Jisc is the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions.  We operate shared digital infrastructure and services, negotiate sector-wide deals with IT vendors and commercial publishers and provide trusted advice and practical assistance for universities, colleges and learning providers.

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