Realizing the Digital libraries : assumptions and challenges underlying it

Vijayakumar, J. K. and Vijayakumar, Manju . Realizing the Digital libraries : assumptions and challenges underlying it., 2002 In: Library, Information Science and Society. Ess Ess Publications, New Delhi, pp. 365-373. [Book chapter]


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The field of digital libraries is in a constant state of change. Digital libraries are organizations that provide the resources, including the specialized staff, to select, structure, offer intellectual access to, interpret, distribute, preserve the integrity of, and ensure the persistence over time of collections of digital works so that they are readily and economically available for use by a defined community or set of communities. Digital libraries are compilations of materials published electronically and those converted to digital form. There is considerable experimentation underway regarding the technical, economic, and organizational supports necessary for such distributed arrangements. The term “Digital Library” may be understood in different ways and named differently. The terms are used, sometimes synonymously, sometimes to denote a subset or a superset or sometimes to denote a rather different concept like virtual library, hybrid library, library with out walls etc. This article tries to make a framework for the term digital library by analyzing all terms in terms of its services, functions, collection etc. It discusses some technical issues and challenges for digital librarians. Some graphical representations also included for making clear the idea of digital libraries.

Item type: Book chapter
Keywords: Digital libraries
Subjects: I. Information treatment for information services > IG. Information presentation: hypertext, hypermedia.
J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JG. Digitization.
Depositing user: Dr. J. K. Vijayakumar
Date deposited: 19 Feb 2006
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:02


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