Mr Jason Harper

Mr Jason Harper

Head of Library Digital Strategies, Research and Engagement

Library & Digital Support (Library and Academic Development)



Responsible for the strategic development, leadership and management of the library digital strategies, research and engagement service. Leads digital service development including discovery, content curation, access, university repository, digital resources, digitisation, digital preservation, copyright, data management, scholarly communications and open scholarship. Leads the library’s digital and non digital research services in support of the research lifecycle.


MSc. Information Management (University of Sheffield)

BA (Hons). Ancient History, Classics and Archaeology (University of Warwick)

Roles on external bodies

Chair of the national JISC Learning Content Expert Group

Co-chair of the Staff Disability Network
Representative of the UKSG Research and Innovation Subcommittee
University of Plymouth Representative on the national JUSP Community Advisory Group
Sponsor of the University of Plymouth contribution to the JISC Research Data Shared Services Pilot Project



Grants & contracts

Research Data Shared Services (JISC) - 2016, £30,000

Analysing Raptor at Kent (RAPTOR ARK) (JISC) - 2012, £25,000
Kent VuFind Enhancement (KEVEN) (JISC) - 2010, £25,000



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Broadhurst D, Dale R & Harper J (2022) 'Perspectives on e-books and digital textbooks and the way ahead' Insights the UKSG journal 35, , DOI
Harper J (2019) 'Three things to consider before you tinker with eTexts' Against the Grain 31, (3) 20-20 Publisher Site