The UP Libraries in the constituent units (CUs) are involved in the Philippine eLib Project launched in April 2005, an information resource-sharing consortium that is operational nation-wide. It seeks to leverage information and communication technologies (ICT) to bring government services closer to the citizenry. Eleven (11) huge multidisciplinary electronic databases determined by the UPD University Librarian as Chair of the Collections Development Committee at the cost of Php 16 million can be accessed via the eLib website (www.elib.gov.ph).

Having a budget of Php 166,700,000, the eLib is one of the eleven projects funded by the government through the former Information Technology and E-Commerce Council (ITECC) now the Commission on Information and Communication Technology (CICT). A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by the heads of the five participating government agencies of the project on 4 February 2004 at ASTI, C.P. Garcia Avenue, Diliman and was formally launched in April 2005.

The five participating agencies include the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), The National Library (TNL), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Department of Agriculture (DA), and the University of the
Philippines.

These agencies agree to share their library and learning resources and products, skills and technologies in library management and networking; and subscription to expensive electronic databases and making these available to a wider audience.

The University’s contribution to the eLib is the digitization of UP publications, theses and dissertations, scholarly researches and other Filipiniana materials from the autonomous campuses including bibliographic records and indexes to the digitized special and archival collections, totaling 29 million images, which are made accessible to the partner institutions as well. Said project totaling P12 million were paid by eLib funds.

As of December 2005, the project has produced 32,432,754 microfilmed images and 15,867,847 digitized JPG images.

As mentioned earlier, UP contributes library materials determined by the University Librarians of the various CUs and coordinated by UP Diliman. The materials uploaded to the Union Catalog of the project consist of the following: bibliographic records of the holdings of the University Libraries of the CUs; selected publications/materials from the various CUs that have been digitized; and, international online databases with full-text journals on subscription.

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