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.
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.
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, users 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.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
CH7 6NW Mold