The role of a digital librarian in the management of digital information systems (DIS)

Sreenivasulu, V. The role of a digital librarian in the management of digital information systems (DIS). The Electronic Library, 2000, vol. 18, n. 1, pp. 12-20. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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Stresses that the multimedia nature of the next generation of digital libraries requires the digital librarians (DL) to be essentially a type of specialist librarian who has to manage and organize the digital library, handle the specialized tasks of massive digitization, storage, access, digital knowledge mining, digital reference services, electronic information services, search co-ordination, and manage the archive and its access. The digital librarian acts as guardian of the information superhighway/the universal digital library or the global digital library and acts as a symbiotic human-machine guru. This article also highlights the roles and functions of a DL in information retrieval, content delivery, navigation, and browsing. It envisages the professional education and training for digital librarians in the management of digital information systems. It denotes the DL's interface functions, roles, skills and competencies for the management of digital information systems in the important areas of imaging technologies, optical character recognition, markup languages, cataloguing, metadata, multimedia indexing and database technology, user interface design, programming, and Web technology. This paper finally advocates and targets the task of creating a new job title - digital librarian - to take care of digital libraries and to manage the digital information system.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Librarians; Information Systems; Electronic Publishing; Information Superhighway; Libraries; Management
Subjects: I. Information treatment for information services > IG. Information presentation: hypertext, hypermedia.
Depositing user: Sreenivasulu Dr.V.
Date deposited: 08 Jul 2005
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:01
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/6502

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