Scottish Higher Education Digital Library
SHEDL aims through collaboration and combined purchasing power to achieve a shared digital library in Scotland with easier access to online content to support research and learning and teaching.
Led by the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL), SHEDL is the first super-consortial purchasing scheme of its kind in the UK. It’s success, facilitated by JISC Collections, has provided the eighteen Scottish Higher Education Institutions, the National Library of Scotland, and National Museums Scotland with access to over 3,460 online journals and 39,000 ebooks from leading academic publishers. Collaborative procurement with the NHS NES was achieved with the publisher Karger.
American Chemical Society (ACS) 41 titles
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 25 online and 50 conference titles
Bloomsbury: 18 titles
Brill: 197 titles including 6 OA journals
Cambridge University Press (CUP) 264 journal titles
Edinburgh University Press (EUP) 32 journal titles
IEEE: access for 12 institutions to journals & conferences
JoVE: General bundle of collections
Karger: 130 biomedical science journal titles
Oxford University Press (OUP) 222 journal titles
Sage: Premier Collections
Social Sciences Directory: includes 40 APCs for use by SHEDL istitutions’ researchers
Springer Ebooks and Journals: all English Langauge ebooks and 1933 journal titles
Web of Knowledge: All databases plus full archive
Following its launch in January 2009 SHEDL has quickly made an impact in eliminating differential access to journal content across the sector. It gives students access to a larger range and number of electronic journals and provides a better research infrastructure for Scotland’s universities, especially those initiatives that pool research and collaborate across institutions.
June 2013: SHEDL is the first consortium in the world to sign an agreement with Social Sciences Directory, a UK-based “gold” Open Access publisher. For more information see the press release: SCURLSHEDLSSDPressReleaseJune2013pdf
For more information on SHEDL, contact Jill Evans, the SCURL Service Development Manager J.Evans@nls.uk