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The Electronic Libraries Programme (ELib)

by Richard Millwood published Sep 07, 2008 04:55 PM, last modified Apr 05, 2011 11:00 PM
The Electronic Libraries Programme, funded by JISC as a consequence of the Follett Report into UK academic libraries, began in the spring of 1995.

The UK Higher Education funding councils committed £15 million to the programme, aiming to pave the way towards the fully electronic library of the future.
Among the key recommendations of the 1993 Follett Report was the need to invest in IT in order that the nation's university libraries were able to exploit the developments in computing power and infrastructure happening globally.
In 1995,  JISC set up the Follett Implementation Group in IT (FIGIT), which issued a call for proposals within seven identified programme areas. From hundreds of proposals from all over the UK, some forty funded projects emerged.