General guidelines for design of a low cost digital library for special library users in developing countries and the Arabic speaking world

Elaiess, Ramadan General guidelines for design of a low cost digital library for special library users in developing countries and the Arabic speaking world., 2009 . In World Library and Information Congress: 75th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Milan, Italy, 23-27 August 2009. [Conference paper]

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The World is witnessing a considerable transformation from print based-formats to elec-tronic-based formats thanks to advanced computing technology, which has a profound impact on the dissemination of nearly all previous formats of publications into digital formats on computer networks. Text, still and moving images, sound tracks, music, and almost all known formats can be stored and retrieved on computer magnetic disk. Over the last two decades, a number of special libraries and information centres in the Arab world have introduced electronic resources into their library services. Very few have implemented automated and integrated systems. Despite the im-portance of designing digital libraries not merely for accessing to or retrieval of information but rather for the provision of electronic services, hardly any special library has started the design of digital library services. Managers of special libraries and information centres in developing countries in general and in the Arab world in particular should start building their local digital libraries, as the benefit of establishing such electronic services is considerably massive and well known for expansion of re-search activities and for delivering services that satisfy the needs of targeted end-users. The aim of this paper is to provide general guideline for design of special low cost digital library providing ser-vices that are most frequently required by various categories of special library users in developing countries. This paper also aims at illustrating strategies and method approaches that can be adopted for building such projects. Seeing the importance of designing an inexpensive digital li-brary as basic principle for the design accordingly, the utilisation of today's ICTs and freely avail-able open sources software is the right path for accomplishing such goal. The paper intends to de-scribe the phases and stages required for building such projects from scratch. It also aims at high-lighting the barriers and obstacles facing Arabic content and how could such problems overcome.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: digital libraries, electronic information resources, open source software
Subjects: H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HP. e-resources.
L. Information technology and library technology
Depositing user: Ramadan Elaiess
Date deposited: 15 Jan 2010
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:14


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