Summative evaluation of Phase 3 of the eLib Initiative: Final Report

Alan Whitelaw, Gill Joy

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Abstract

This is the Executive Summary for the ESYS Summative Evaluation of Phase 3 of the eLib Programme, undertaken for JISC JCEI under Contract SC/JISC/605. It describes the main achievements of the Programme and presents the findings and recommendations from the evaluation.

ESYS plc is a consultancy company which brings experience of undertaking and evaluating technology applications programmes in a number of fields, particularly space and defence. This evaluation therefore takes an independent view of the programme from outside the HE library sector. ESYS also conducted the Summative Evaluation of eLib Phases 1 and 2.

The eLib Programme consisted of three phases. Phases 1 and 2 together formed a successful £15M programme over a period of 3 years from 1994 to 1997. eLib Phase 3 was a £4.1M, three year programme which sought to consolidate this work in a practical context and to extend Phase 1 and 2 benefits by helping to achieve ‘critical mass’ in key areas. The transition from Phases 1 and 2 and the makeup of Phase 3 are illustrated in the following two diagrams.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBath
PublisherUKOLN, University of Bath
Commissioning bodyJISC
Number of pages98
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2001

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