Information on Project ACORN

Subject: Information on Project ACORN
From: Paula Kingston (
Date: pe 22 marras 1996 - 14:29:19 EET


PROJECT ACORN - a new Electronic Libraries (eLib) project to set up
                     an electronic 'short-loan' collection of journal articles

Project ACORN (Access to Course Readings via Networks) is a new Electronic
Libraries development project, based at Loughborough University, which will
establish a model and procedures for setting up an electronic 'short loan'
collection of high-demand journal articles in university libraries.

A unique feature of this project is the involvement of Swets & Zeitlinger B.V.
enabling the project to investigate the benefits for libraries of using a
third party agency to handle copyright clearances and provide electronic
copies of articles.

The project hopes to work closely with publishers to explore the implications
of making high-demand articles available electronically.

The project is also investigating and developing approaches to making the
electronic articles available using widely accessible software tools such as
Netscape and Adobe Acrobat, whilst also exploring how to keep documents secure
and monitor their usage.

The project will establish a demonstrator system of electronic articles,
 working with the reading lists of three departments at Loughborough
University - Geography, Human Sciences and Information and Library Studies.

The final phase of the project will report on the portability of the model
developed by testing its transferability to Leicester University Library.
The project will report on :-

- the issues surrounding the use of a third party agent for copyright
- the attitude of publishers to negotiating copyright clearance via an
- the processes involved in setting up and running an electronic short
   loan collection
- possible charging structures which could ensure benefits for
   publishers, libraries and end-users
- the reactions of users to the electronic articles
- the impact of the service on academics' approaches to reading lists
- the portability of the model developed


Project ACORN is a partnership between Loughborough University (Pilkington
Library, Computing Services, and the Department of Information and Library
Studies), Swets & Zeitlinger B.V. and Leicester University Library.
The project began in August 1996 and will run for eighteen months until
January 98.

Project ACORN is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee of the
Higher Education Funding Councils, through the Electronic Libraries (eLib)


Paula Kingston, Project Manager (Tel.) 01509 222366
                                          (Fax) 01509 223993,

or consult the Project ACORN Web site at :-

Further information on the Electronic Libraries (eLib) Programme is available
 at the following Web site:

Paula Kingston, Project Acorn Manager, Pilkington Library,
                                       Loughborough University
                                       Loughborough LE11 3TU

Tel: 01509 222366 Fax: 01509 223993 Email:

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