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Accessing our archival and manuscript heritage


The work plans are kept under constant review as part of the ongoing project. (For more details see document AAMH 1.4).

Work plan 1: Project management

To co-ordinate and manage the project to ensure that it delivers within time and budget. The Project team will report initially to the Project Steering Group and through that conduit to the project's sponsoring bodies, the Laser Foundation and former EARL public library authorities.

Work plan 2: Content development for lifelong learners

To research, create and/or discover, host, and maintain appropriate digital content and modules for the web interface. To prioritise the identification and creation of relevant content from the collections of Senate House Library, as well as content from a variety of sources, both national and international, which are relevant to the needs of the target communities.

Work plan 3: Web interface development for lifelong learners

To research, develop and implement a dedicated web interface to provide access to archives, manuscripts and manuscript studies materials for to lifelong learning communities in London and the South-East. To ensure a common platform with the Manuscript Studies Portal. To create and develop a sustainable technical platform for the web interface.

Work plan 4: Interaction with lifelong learning communities and stakeholders

To build on existing links with target lifelong learning communities to inform and support the development of the portal interface and its digital content. To encourage target communities to use the services and collections of a major academic research library. To forge links with public library networks and consortia in London and the South East to support and inform the development of content for the web interface in particular and the project as a whole.

Work plan 5: Project evaluation and recommendations

To provide a detailed evaluation report of the technical, management and user issues of the development of the web interface for lifelong learning communities. To analyse and report on the success of the web interface as a demonstrator project.

Work plan 6: Project dissemination, dialogue and interchange

To disseminate the outcomes and findings of the project throughout the project cycle via appropriate media (e.g. Project website; electronic mailing lists; articles; conference papers). This includes ongoing communication and contact with lifelong teach communities (see Work plan 4), public library authorities and consortia, local record offices, the National Archives, the Society of Genealogists, Familia representatives, etc. This further includes dialogue and interchange of knowledge, experience and ideas with other relevant projects and initiatives, both cross-domain and cross-sectoral, in the UK and internationally.

Work plan 7: Marketing Strategy

To define a sound marketing strategy to launch and promote the web interface to lifelong learning communities in London and the South-East, nationally and worldwide.