About JCS

Mission statement

The aim of JCS is three-fold:

  • To make a choice of high-quality online resources from trusted sources available to schools by negotiating licence agreements with publishers
  • To save schools time by providing a central place for online subscription resources
  • To save schools money by negotiating with publishers their lowest price for individual schools and discounted rates for regional consortia

JCS also promotes the importance of trusted online resources to librarians by running workshops and working with key organisations such as Schools Library Services, the School Library Association, and the CILIP Schools Library Group.

What we do

JCS negotiates with publishers to provide a range of affordable, high-quality online resources from trusted sources to schools and other organisations.

JCS prices for individual schools represent a discount of up to 60% on publishers’ list prices. Schools subscribing through regional consortia can achieve additional savings of up to 80%.

JCS works with Schools Libraries Services and Local Authorities to achieve the largest possible savings for schools.

The resources provide cross-curricular support for all ages, and include:

  • subject-focused resources
  • general reference information
  • newspaper archives
  • copyright-cleared images and videos
  • curriculum-mapped games and exercises

Our history

JCS Online Resources has grown from a Becta-funded project originally known as ‘JISC Collections for Schools’. The service for schools was an extension of ‘JISC Collections’, whose role is to negotiate with publishers and owners of digital content at a national level on behalf of universities and further education colleges and is funded by the UK Further and Higher Education Funding Councils.

By establishing JISC Collections for Schools, Becta enabled schools across the UK to gain access for the first time to a range of high quality online subscription resources at affordable prices from one central place.

By 2010, JISC Collections for Schools had become a well-recognised, central and trusted route to high-quality, affordable online content for schools. There was a clear demand from school librarians for such resources, so when Becta was closed that year and funding withdrawn, the project team continued running JCS as a chargeable service.

The new organisation is now called JCS Online Resources and is headed up by Joyce Martin.