Summative Evaluation of Phases 1 and 2 of the eLib Initiative: Final Report

Alan Whitelaw, Gill Joy

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Abstract

This Executive Summary presents high level findings from the ESYS Summative Evaluation of Phases 1 and 2 of the Electronics Libraries initiative (eLib), undertaken for JISC under contract PROC/0101.

eLib was established in response to the work of the Libraries Review Group of the UK HEFCs, chaired by Professor Sir Brian Follett, which reported in 1993. Phases 1 and 2 of eLib had a budget of £15 million over 3 years, and funded almost 60 projects addressing a wide range of issues in information provision. The main aim of the eLib Programme has been to engage the higher education (HE) community in developing and shaping the implementation of the electronic library.

The evaluation found that eLib was an appropriate response to the issues it sought to address and was successful in achieving most of its ambitious aims. It achieved valuable results within its different programme areas and succeeded in engaging the broad HE community as it set out to. The success of eLib has also been apparent in building relationships between communities and in developing the skills base.

Important practical experience of electronic methods and associated issues has been gained which will be valuable to the HE community in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBath
PublisherUKOLN, University of Bath
Commissioning bodyJISC
Number of pages113
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2000

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