By Lucy A. Tedd, J. Andrew Large
The aim of Digital Libraries: rules and perform in an international Environment is to introduce readers to the rules underlying electronic libraries, in addition to to demonstrate those rules via connection with quite a lot of electronic library practices during the global. person chapters care for electronic library clients and the providers which are provided them, details resources mostly present in electronic libraries, the factors and protocols with which electronic libraries needs to cope within the context of interoperability, the software program that may be utilized in the advance of electronic libraries, interface layout, looking and perusing electronic library collections, and handling electronic libraries, together with dialogue of highbrow estate rights and renovation matters. a last bankruptcy contains 8 case reports drawn from Canada, England, India, Italy, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the U.S. and Wales which are used to demonstrate issues made in prior chapters.
Digital Libraries: rules and perform in a world Environment presents a concise and simply digestible advent to a number foreign, electronic library-related advancements for graduate and undergraduate scholars in Library technological know-how, details technology or laptop technology (and similar) programmes worldwide, in addition to details execs operating in libraries and knowledge devices who desire to replace their wisdom during this speedily constructing field.
This very good e-book is from authors with a wealth of overseas adventure in library and knowledge stories which they draw upon all through its chapters to discover the demanding situations and possibilities of constructing and enforcing electronic library platforms in multilingual and multicultural environments.
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Other authors (for example, Waters, 1998) state or at least imply that digital libraries will have substantial collections (and certainly more than could be held on one or two CD-ROMs). ” Before leaving deﬁnitional issues, mention must be made of the phrases ‘virtual library’, ‘library without walls’, ‘electronic library’, ‘cyberlibrary’, ‘cybrary’ and ‘ebrary’, all used by some authors to describe the digital library concept. Two other related terms are ‘gateway’ and ‘portal’. Following Peterson (2002), a gateway provides a list of resources, pre-selected to meet users’ likely requirements, that are accessed by users via hyperlinks from the gateway to the resource that is located elsewhere; a portal accepts requests from users and itself interrogates information services believed to hold appropriate resources; the requests are then sent to those services and the retrieved information returned to the portal that processes it and presents it to the user.
People the world over have a need for timely and relevant information, even if the speciﬁc needs and kinds of information differ from community to community. This is not to minimize the problems that can be encountered in such endeavours. In late 1999 Muswazi (2000) undertook a random sample of 47 libraries in southern Africa. Only 20 had ofﬁcial home pages, and even fewer – nine – had made their online catalogues available via the Web. As he concludes, digitization still was a rarity. First and foremost is the need for ﬁnancial resources either to establish and maintain digital libraries locally or to access remotely those at a distance.
This software was written for English-language speakers, but communicating with the digital library in the user’s native language is an important feature of any personalized system. The Slovenian team therefore decided to develop the functionality of the software so that other languages could be covered along with a facility for multilingual support. it). 4 Digital Reference Services One possible disadvantage of digital libraries is that users need not visit the physical building and so are not able to call upon the staff within the library for face to face help in ﬁnding information.