ERCIM News No.27 - October 1996

The UK eLib Project

by Bob Hopgood

In 1993, the UK Higher Education Funding Councils commissioned a review of academic libraries in the UK. This was chaired by Sir Brian Follett and its final report has been labelled the Follett Report ( As a direct response to this Report, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) established the Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib) which has a budget of 21 MECUs over 3 years.

There are about 60 projects looking at different aspects of digital libraries ranging from digitisation and provision of images at one end through making grey literature available to the commissioning of new electronic journals. There is a strong emphasis on support for teaching and learning as well as research. Also, the needs of the arts and humanities are well represented as well as science and engineering.

Just to give a brief flavour of the types of projects, here are some examples:

This just gives a flavour of the types of projects supported. Web pages for all the eLib projects are located at:

Another good source of information is ARIADNE, the Internet Magazine for Librarians and Information Specialists (

Please contact:
Bob Hopgood - CLRC
Tel: +44 1235 446822

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