PATRON: Performing Arts Teaching Resources ONline
as of 24th July 1996
IntroductionA range of issues and problems are traditionally associated with short loan or reserve collections in academic libraries. Some of these issues are a direct result of the management and control procedures historically linked to the delivery of short loans whilst problems of access are related to new teaching and learning methods. Certain aspects are pertinent to the performing arts and in particular to music and dance where there are specific media-related problems.
Many course materials are on video or audio CD and students and staff require special audio-visual facilities within the library for viewing or listening. These facilities are usually limited, frequently over-subscribed and equipment is prone to damage. In order to gain maximum benefit from the listening/viewing experience, the student also needs simultaneous access to the dance notation or the musical score.
The student may need to take both the score and the source material
out of the Library to use in an appreciation seminar in the department
(a common practice in the Performing Arts) and in a similar way, staff
may wish to borrow audio-visual materials to use whilst preparing
lectures or to play during a seminar.
The PATRON Project was conceived as a means of overcoming these problems and at the same time providing a better service to Library users in the Performing Arts.
DescriptionThe overall aim of the project can be encapsulated in one sentence:
"The delivery of high quality digital audio, video, scores and text on-demand across a high-speed network to the desktop."
This project mission statement can be sub-divided into a number of key objectives:
ParticipantsThe project is based at the University of Surrey. The George Edwards Library is working closely with the University departments of Music and Dance Studies and with the National Resource Centre for Dance. There is also collaboration with De Montfort University (experience with copyright matters), commercial hardware/software suppliers, publishers and projects in related areas
The Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib) was funded
by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
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