(2003), "News from the People's Network", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 37 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/prog.2003.28037cab.010Download as .RIS
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News from the People's Network
News from the People's Network
The EnrichUK gateway (www.EnrichUK.net) has been launched which gives one-stop access to a panorama of culture, history and community resources of museums, archives, libraries and galleries in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. EnrichUK draws together 150 Web sites funded through the initiative into a unique online collection ranging from national centres of excellence to regional "sense of place", voluntary and community organisations and small local museums.
Launching the portal, Baroness Blackstone, the Arts Minister, said: "The combination of high quality content and innovative technology spanning arts, culture, history, community information and skills support is a world first. EnrichUK is effectively a 'one-stop content shop' which can only fuel interest in Internet access across the UK, encouraging millions of people to take up and expand their lifelong learning".
The £50 million lottery good causes money has allowed the 150 projects involved to digitise their images and resources so they can be accessed on the Web. Using the www.EnrichUK.net site, anyone can investigate the vast collections for information and background, or simply for pleasure.
Local councils and "sense of place" groups have digitised material which seeks to explain the special character, history and geography of counties and districts across the UK.
Baroness Jill Pitkeathley, Chair of the New Opportunities Fund, said: "Today's launch of EnrichUK is a cornerstone of the most radical and exciting development in public access and common ownership of culture these islands have seen in many years. It complements the work being done by UKOnline, the National Grid for Learning, Learn Direct and also the People's Network funded by the New Opportunities Fund and managed by Resource. Perhaps some day this will be seen as being as important as the abolition of newspaper stamp duty, the creation of the great public galleries and museums, or the introduction of public libraries.
"The work and commitment of staff to this initiative – in voluntary organisations, UK libraries, museums, galleries, educational institutions and community organisations is showcased by the EnrichUK Web portal. Each project is playing an important role in creating the largest anthology of publicly-funded online materials the country has seen. I hope that as it becomes widely known to Internet users of every age and interest, it will help to enrich their understanding of the wealth of cultures and knowledge of which our countries can be justly proud."
The e-Envoy Andrew Pinder said: "We live in an age where, from Barnsley to Bucharest, communities can share their experience and culture. It has been impressive to see so many diverse UK organisations working together to a common purpose and it is an inspiration for others to develop similar learning channels. The objectives of EnrichUK are very much in line with what UKOnline is trying to achieve: making the Internet a tool that is relevant to people's lives and is easily accessible.
People's Network announces learndirect link
The People's Network, the project to connect all public libraries to the Internet, and learndirect, a scheme to provide learning online and information services, have jointly launched an information initiative for public libraries in England. The new facility available on the People's Network Web site enables all public libraries to introduce their users to learndirect and the many online learning opportunities it provides.
Public library staff can easily familiarise themselves with learndirect and library users can undertake a number of free taster courses; learndirect also offers users a chance to do more advanced courses at other designated centres.
Chris Batt, Director of the Libraries and Information Society Team at Resource said: "This new link with learndirect is really important as it gives even the smallest public library a chance to introduce their users to the world of online learning. All public libraries that have previously had little or no contact with learndirect now have an easy way of finding out more through the People's Network".
Helen Milner, Director of Distributed Learning and Operations at learndirect, said: "learndirect was set up to extend learning to as many people as possible. Working in partnership with the People's Network will allow even more people to find out about learndirect and how they can get involved".
The People's Network is a project to connect all public libraries to the Internet, as part of the Government's commitment to give everyone in the UK the opportunity to get online. Lottery funded by the New Opportunities Fund and managed by Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries, more than 4,000 library centres will be connected. learndirect offers a new, flexible way of learning. It offers innovative and high quality courses which fall into three main categories: skills for life (literacy, numeracy and ESOL (English for speakers of other languages)), business and management, and IT skills. Over 80 per cent of courses are online, some use CD-ROMs and there are some workbook-based courses.
Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries provides the strategic leadership, advocacy and advice to enable museums, archives and libraries to touch people's lives and inspire their imagination, learning and creativity.
For further information please contact: Resource, 16 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1H 9AA, UK. Tel: +44(0) 20 7273 1444; Fax: +44(0) 20 7273 1404; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; URL: www.resource.gov.uk