Issue date: 22 September 2000

The University of the West of England is to install Hyperion, the latest Digital Media Archive (DMA) sub system to add to its Unicorn Collection Management System. The Hyperion DMA will support the development of desktop access for students to an increasing range of learning materials as part of the Networked Learning Support Framework.

The addition of Hyperion will give desk top access to a unique collection of archive materials, image databases, learning materials, and University documents which will support students in the on-line electronic learning environment being developed by the University.

The Library Service at UWE operates across eight sites providing library and information services to over 22,000 students in support of learning, teaching, professional development and research. One of the largest providers of electronic information in the South West, it is leading a Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) funded project to develop an integrated networked learning environment. This will enable UWE to deliver high quality learning and teaching outside the confines of traditional higher education, to further education students, for foundation degrees, to the work place and so on. In the shorter term it will be seeking to provide innovative solutions to improve the learning experience of UWE students regardless of their mode of study or location.

Ali Taylor, Acting Head of Library Services, said, “Hyperion will enable us to offer our users ‘one stop shop’ access to a range of information resources, supporting a network of virtual, interactive learning environments. It gives us the opportunity to build upon the ResIDe Electronic Library Service developed under the eLib programme.”

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