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LISTED

Updated: 07 SEP 98

Project Number and Title
4111 - Library Integrated System for Telematics-based Education
Programme/Action line Call Topic(s) Start End Project Duration
in Months
FP 4/ C 12 April 1996
39
Keywords
Adult independent learners; copyright; distance learning; lifelong learning; public library services


blue bullet Additional information is available on the LISTED web site . (http://www.itpoint.org.uk/listed.html)


Action Line
Action line C: Library services for access to networked information resources.
Call Topic(s)
Call topic 12: Integrating library services with distance learning environments.
Project description
LISTED integrates "Flexible and Distance Learning" (FDL) solutions into a public library environment. Library users will gain access to a wide range of learning materials through a consistent interface: the library. This range includes a portfolio of interactive multimedia FDL titles, "wrapped" with distant (via networks) or local mentor-support. Six prototypes in four EU Member States are envisaged. These will be linked for Europe-wide user-support, feedback and discussion fora. Building on the PLAIL project , LISTED includes an updated analysis of user needs and a market analysis for future exploitation. Pertinent copyright issues are also dealt with in depth.
From mid-1998 project LISTED has entered into partnership with three Hungarian organisations to extend the testing of the LISTED service into Central and Eastern Europe. The objectives of this extension are the following:
  • Adapt existing web-based service for use in Hungary
  • Install Internet-linked computer facilities in the two test sites
  • Train staff to support users
  • Test user reactions - both public users and library staff
  • Analyse and publish results
  • Demonstrate the service
  • Disseminate findings
Technical approach
The core technical development will be that of an extended catalogue tool for use by libraries in searching and finding resources appropriate to their clients. It will provide the links to existing multimedia learning material via long-distance (including the Internet and satellite networks) and local networks (including CATV, networked CD-ROM/CD-I), thus allowing users direct use or sampling of potential learning opportunities.
Key issues
Among the issues covered by LISTED the following are prominent:
  • Support of adult independent learners, in particular those who are at a disadvantage (handicapped people, workplace returners, etc.);
  • Library staff training in providing services to adult independent learners;
  • Market research and copyright problems.
Impact and expected results
LISTED proves that the public (local) library can be an efficient gateway to lifelong learning. It shows that by a relatively small investment in computer and networking technology libraries can extend significantly the information services provided to clients who are in search of further education opportunities. A key outcome of LISTED will in fact be a business plan, embracing findings from six test sites in four EU Member States. It will emphasise the technological, personnel and other resource implications associated with library based FDL services.
The project has been recently extended to cover demonstration in two Hungarian public libraries in Kecskemet and Bekes County. The Distance Education Centre of the Technical University of Budapest will provide technical assistance and guidance.
Additional information (including reference to project deliverables) is available fromhttp://www.itpoint.org.uk/listed.html and from the contact below. The actual LISTED service can be accessed athttp://www.eu-listed.org/ .


Coordinator

Name of Institution/Organisation Postal Code / City Country
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council,
Libraries and Arts Department
UK - WEST MIDLANDS B91 3RG UK
Title, First Name, Name Richard Honeysett Address: Homer Road
Solihull
Tel: +44-121-704 62 96 Fax: +44-121-704 69 91
E-mail 1:
E-mail 2:

Other contact

Name of Institution/Organisation Postal Code / City Country
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council,
Libraries and Arts Department
UK - WEST MIDLANDS B91 3RG UK
Title, First Name, Name Mr.David Hough Address: Homer Road
Solihull
Tel: +44 121 704 6246 Fax: +44 121 704 6991
E-mail 1: davidhough@compuserve.com
E-mail 2:

Other Partners

Name of Institution/Organisation Country Role
AN Chomhairle Leabharlanna IRL P
Clwyd County Council, Library and Information Centre UK P
Danish Technological Institute DK P
Instituto da Biblioteca Nacional e do Livro PT P
Universitat Aberta de Catalunya ES A
Fundación Municipal de Cultura, Educación y Universidad Popular de Gijon ES A
University College Dublin IRL A
Staffordshire Open Learning Unit UK A
Dublin Corporation Public Libraries IRL A
Kildare County Library IRL A
Universidade Aberta PT A
Camara Municipal de Setubal PT A
Discovery Solutions Ireland Ltd. IRL A
Kecskemet Public Library HU A
Bekes County Library HU A
Technical University Budapest HU A


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