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EQLIPSE

Updated: 03 JUN 1998

Project Number and Title
3019/3077 - Evaluation and Quality in Library Performance Systems
Programme/Action line Call Topic(s) Start End Project Duration
in Months
FP 3/ IV Theme 18 bis January 1995 March 1997 26
Keywords
performance measurement/indicators; ISO 9000; quality measurement; library management


blue bullet Additional information is available on the EQLIPSE web site . (http://www.dcu.ie/library/eqlipse/)


Theme
Models and tools to support decision making in libraries (Theme 18 bis)
Project description
The overall objective of EQLIPSE was to specify, develop and validate an open system to support quality management and performance measurement in libraries of all types. The system was based on a client-server architecture and aimed to offer compatibility with library systems from various library suppliers.
Technical approach
The project had six workpackages:
  • Library requirements analysis to relate quality management and performance indicator standards and systems to library practices;
  • Initial functional specification of technology, networking and integration;
  • Prototype open interactive system via system specification, design, implementation and test;
  • Data tools and collection with tools selection and integration into the client-server system, tools utilisation in operational data collection, development of collection procedures and build up of test database;
  • Field trials of the demonstration model at two test sites and preparation as a packaged system;
  • Integration of the package into six operational library sites, with provision of training materials, implementation manuals and full support infrastructure.
Impact and expected results
EQLIPSE benefitted libraries by introducing them to a "toolbox" approach to both performance measurement and quality management techniques.
It encouraged European libraries to take a lead in the utilisation of IT in library management support in the areas of decision making and efficiency.
Deliverables
The operationally-tested prototype toolbox was the main EQLIPSE deliverable. Publicly available are:
  • Library requirements analysis;
  • Functional specification;
  • Data tools and Data collections
  • Demonstration trials report;
  • Implementation manual;
  • Final report.
The data tools and data collections report is available from http://www.dcu.ie/library/eqlipse/ , as well as further information and documentation, which can also be obtained from the contact below or fromhttp://www.sub.su.se/henrik/eqlipsehome.htm .


Coordinator

Name of Institution/Organisation Postal Code / City Country
University of Central Lancashire UK - PRESTON PR1 2 HE UK
Title, First Name, Name Project EQLIPSE Address: The Library
Tel:
Fax:
E-mail 1:
E-mail 2:

Other Contact

Name of Institution/Organisation Postal Code / City Country
Manchester Metropolitan University UK - MANCHESTER M15 6LL UK
Title, First Name, Name Prof. Peter BROPHY Address: Department of Information and Communication
Tel: +44-161-247 6153 Fax: +44-161-247 6351
E-mail 1: p.brophy@mmu.ac.uk E-mail 2:

Other Partners

Name of Institution/Organisation Country Role
Dynix Library Systems Ltd. IRL P
Dublin City University IRL P
MAC, University of Limerick IRL P
Universität Münster DE P
Copenhagen Business School DK A
BNV IT A
Stockholm University Library SE A
Stadtbüchereien Düsseldorf DE A
University of the Aegean GR A


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