Project EARL (Electronic Access to Resources in Libraries)

Peter Smith


Public libraries are facing significant challenges over the next decade and into the 21st century. The need for public libraries therefore to network their services is now increasingly becoming the focus of attention. Project EARL will examine the services, technical infrastructure, and application/communication software required to network public library information and resources services. It will also produce a networking strategy with associated costs for providing public libraries with access to the Internet. Following the workshop, 14 libraries agreed to fund a scoping study which would draw up recommendations and produce costed options for the future funding of major developments.


public libraries; challenges; network; Project EARL; application/communication software; information; resources; networking strategy; costs; Internet access

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