Skip to main content

Electronic Library Teleservices

Objective

The purpose of the ELITE project was to develop a generic model for distributed library services to users including a detailed assessment of economic, organisational, managerial and technical options. ELITE synthesized the results of this analyse and develop a prototype leading to a validation phase of viable operational models for distributed library services.

ELITE used the results from national initiatives (RAPDOC, AGADES, ...) and the results of previous Commission projects (eg EDIL, ION, FASTDOC).

Technical approach

The project analysed different options for distributed library services, to prepare for a second phase where the preferred and validated model could be implemented. The project performed the following tasks:
define, in a first step, the methodology to be used in investigating the different options mentioned above;
examine at a European scale the economic, organisational and technical issues and report these studies to the libraries community through public workshops;
synthesize the results and develop a prototype leading to a validation phase of viable operational models for distributed library services;
prepare a realistic implementation project, whose feasibility will be studied by the development of prototypes.

Key issues

The document delivery projects launched these last years, under national initiatives or with the support of the European Libraries programme, mainly aimed to experiment with the introduction of new technologies in the libraries environment. To date, and beyond this phase of technical suitability, the challenge is to meet the users' new requirements in building services which:
integrate the whole functions of information access (searching, ordering, delivery, billing, etc.);
deal with economic, administrative and legal aspects of information dissemination;
take into account the special requirements of each user category.

Impact, users and expected results

The project analysed key issues for all implementors of document delivery systems. It delivered a number of reports documenting the work: Market analysis and Service contract(s), Organisational aspects, Technical choices, as well as the specification for the model could be implemented in a second phase.

Deliverables

ELITE Requirements
ELITE Service Model

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

SEMA Group
Address
55, Avenue Des Champs Pierreux
92029 Nanterre
France

Participants (5)

Beilstein Institut
Germany
INIST
France
PICA
Netherlands
UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Italy
Address

50125 Firenze
University of Thessaloniki
Greece