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Issue 11 - June 2006 | Page 1/5


Jorum is a free online repository service for teaching and support staff in UK Further and Higher Education Institutions, funded by JISC and managed by the two national data centres, EDINA and MIMAS, helping to build a community for the sharing, reuse and repurposing of learning and teaching materials.

The Jorum Service consists of two strands. Jorum Contributor allows institutions to deposit resources that can be shared with teaching and support staff across the UK. Jorum User gives teaching and support staff from registered institutions the opportunity to search, preview, download, review, reuse and repurpose content in Jorum.

Following the launch of the free Jorum User Service at the end of January 2006, over 150 institutions have signed up at the JISC Collections Site. The new JORUM-UPDATE mailing list, which was launched with the User Service, has been an important dissemination method. Jorum Site Reps (nominated by institutions signing up for the User Service) are added to the list automatically, although individuals interested in Jorum can also join. The list will keep subscribers up to date with news, announcements, events and new resources. It has attracted over 360

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subscribers in under three months, with more joining daily.

The JORUM-UPDATE Mailing List has been pivotal in promoting the Jorum Outreach and Training Tour. The purpose of the Tour is to train and provide support materials for intermediaries related to the Jorum service. The events are targeted at staff working in e-learning, online services and learning resources. It is hoped that attendees will be able to be more effective in promoting Jorum within their own institution after coming to one of our events.

Twelve events will be held during 2006 in all major regions throughout the UK. Six training and promotion events are being held in May/June 2006: Wolverhampton, Manchester, London, Glasgow, Belfast and Swansea. A further six events will be held before the end of the year, potentially in Newcastle, Leeds, Brighton, Loughborough, Cambridge and Bath (depending on venue availability).

The enthusiastic uptake of Jorum User in the first few months since the launch has been very encouraging. Promoting the service in general, and more specifically the tour, has been helped enormously by using the JORUM-UPDATE mailing list.

As part of our management procedures, Jorum has a JISCmail List for use by the Steering Group, and a third list to communicate with our RDN Cataloguing team.

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