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LISTED: library integrated system for telematics-based education

LISTED integrates flexible and distance learning (FDL) solutions into a public library environment. Library users 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 European Union (EU) Member States are linked for Europe-wide user-support, feedback and discussion fora. LISTED includes an updated analysis of user needs and a market analysis for future exploitation. Pertinent copyright issues are also dealt with in depth.

LISTED proved that the public (local) library can be an efficient gateway to lifelong learning. It showed 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 is a business plan, embracing findings from six test sites in four EU Member States. It emphasizes the technological, personnel and other resource implications associated with library based FDL services.

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Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Homer Road
B91 3RG Solihull
United Kingdom
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