HEADLINE - Hybrid Electronic Access and Delivery in the Library Networked Environment
as of April 16th 1998
The overall aim of the project is to develop and implement a working model of the hybrid library in a range of real-life academic situations. There is a strong emphasis on managing the presentation of resources to the user and on integrating a wide range of both resources and delivery options. The subject coverage of the project will be economics, finance, business and management but the model is intended to be widely applicable and the consortium elements to be readily scalable to larger groupings of libraries.
HEADLINE plans to address a good cross-section of the teaching, learning and research situations to be found in UK higher education. The resource components of the hybrid library model are the real-world objects with which the library works: the catalogues, databases, applications, electronic services, Web resources etc These are the building blocks for the hybrid library. The model is intended to be widely applicable, both in terms of subject areas and types of academic institution. The initial test-bed for development will be based around economics, finance and business information which are of interest to all consortium partners. The commercial value of much of the data in these subject areas has meant that suppliers have found it worthwhile to make substantial investments in making the data available electronically using a variety of access media and delivery methods, which range from proprietary Windows interfaces to Web-based products.
The model proposed for the hybrid library is user-centred, and the fundamental design concept is that the user operates within a user-dependent managed web environment. The system has access (via the login process) to the user's administrative details - status, subject area, registered courses etc. - and uses this information to provide a tailored and supportive environment. The system retains feedback from the user' s actions, providing a mechanism for the user profile to develop with time. Thus the environment is capable both of responding to the deliberate choices on the part of the user, and of offering new resources (based on subject-linked metadata) as the user extends his/her explorations. Information delivery formats will range from electronic to print to conventional ILL or order process.
The project will be led by the London School of Economics with partners at the London Business School and the University of Hertfordshire. Development work will be carried out at the LBS and the LSE, with all three sites acting as test-beds and contributing to user studies, both in terms of initial user requirements and user evaluation and feedback. The involvement of commercial partners will
The Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib) was funded
by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
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