You are hereI*M Europe / Telematics / Libraries / Activities 11/02/99
A-Z Subject index Libraries home page Supporting pages FR | DE | IT | ES News
Keep me informed
Daily libraries news
News archive
What's new?
Support Actions
External resources
National focal points
Test sites

Telematics for Libraries - Projects


Updated: 20 JAN 99

Project Number and Title
4039 - Integrated Library Information Education and Retrieval System
Programme/Action line Call Topic(s) Start End Project Duration 
in Months
FP 4/ A 1 August 1996
Library catalogues; multimedia; public library services; training; user interface

blue bullet Additional information is available from the ILIERS website . (

SR target development and their interconnection (Theme 9 bis).
Call Topic(s)
Call topic 1: Integration tools and interfaces for library systems in the local network.
Project description
The objective of the project is to develop a multimedia library information system to give all categories of library users more effective access to information available in the local public library and in the local community.
The system will be based on the following:
  • user-friendly interfaces;
  • integration of networked resources (e.g. collections of laws);
  • user training model linked to local catalogues;
  • introductory information adapted to various user types, including students, children of different ages and the elderly;
  • access from both inside and outside the library.
The main focus of the development will be to develop multimedia facilities in order that users of different types and with different requirements can enjoy integrated access to information, education and retrieval via a common interface. The system will be based on a set of modules which will be designed to accommmodate different languages and cultural adaptations.
Technical approach
The demonstrator will be based on the following technical criteria:
  • a server gateway between HTTP and Z39.50 facilitating access using an HTML front-end client;
  • implementation of hypertext interfaces to facilitate browsing and querying of the library information resources;
  • extension to wide-area access (WAN) allowing several servers and local and remote clients (via Internet, modem or ISDN connections);
  • integration of multimedia elements (via hard-disk or CD-ROM) accessible to LAN clients and remote clients via ISDN.

Exploitation will be based on user feedback received from experience with the demonstrator and will seek to establish the public library as tthe foremost information centre in the community. 

Key issues
The main issues to be explored are:
  • integrated access to a variety of library and community information services;
  • ease of use based on graphical user interfaces;
  • need to safeguard the role of the public library in providing information to the local community;
  • a standardised approach which will be suitable for use with a variety of library systems.
Impact and expected results
The project will strive to make the best possible use of new developments in networking and interfacing in order that businesses, institutions and individuals can access information from the local library as well as from other sources in the local community. The probable impact will be to bring the citizen closer to the information resource with a resulting improvement in facilities for educational and leisure-oriented services.
Marketing prospects will include libraries in Denmark, the other Nordic countries, Portugal and the European Union at large. Well over a thousand libraries could benefit from the system to be developed.
Documentation is available from the conact below and from
Progress of work
The user analysis has been completed and most of the work on functional specifications has been carried out. Good progress has also been made on the design aspects (children's information, training on information retrieval and catalogue access and user interfaces) leading to a small prototype with the purpose of testing the user interfaces and search options on both librarian and library users. Progress on dissemination has been achieved through articles, presentations and workshops. An ILIERS information leaflet has been prepared and an ILIERS Website created.. The project was presented and demonstrated at the Telematics for Libraries stand at the IFLA Conference 1997 in Copenhagen (4 September 1997)


Name of Institution/Organisation Postal Code / City Country
Courseware Scandinavia DK - 2100 COPENHAGEN DK
Title, First Name, Name Mrs Anne-Grete Gadsbøll   Address: Oslo Plads 14
Tel: +45 35-43 36 35 Fax: +45 35-43 61 01
E-mail 1: E-mail 2:

Other Partners

Name of Institution/Organisation Country Role
Digital Equipment Corp., AS DK P
Kungsbacka Bibliothek SE P
Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores PT P
Hillerød Bibliotek DK P
Cámara Municipal do Barreiro PT P
Cámara Municipal de Palmela PT P
Länsbibliotek Halland SE A

top of document 

Home - Gate - Back - Top - Iliers - Relevant

Children's page
Distance learning
Music libraries
Public libraries
Green paper
IST Information Day
FP5 Calls
Back to Top
EC Home Page
Personalised I*M Europe
DGXIII Home Page
Site map
About this site