Digital library philosophy and D Guide - Resources and Review

An introduction and summary of the state of the art for those who have not been intimately involved in the evolution of digital libraries. It identifies the main issues in the field and points users to likely sources for exploring and keeping informed on those issues.
Part of the UKOLN server carrying a selection of British Library Reports. Includes reports on Digital Libraries, the Impact of Electronic Publishing on Library Services, Long
Term Preservation of Electronic Materials and Networked Information in an International Context.
Article looking at changing information needs in today's society and the prevalence of digital information. The value of the book is assessed, considering the current activity of libraries and librarians, with examples of those continuing to increase their stock of printed material as well as the emergence of the 'new library' which largely focuses on electronic media.
Discussion about the unlikely death of print pointing to reasons why paper will persist including the difficulty of reading from digital devices, the enormous task of converting all existing print collections, the cost of providing all reading material digitally and the question of publishers rights.
Paper describing the concept of a digital library from the user's perspective, based on information flow and organisation. An explanation is given using a three
layer model of information distribution, focusing on the information provider, information broker and information user.
Brief discussion of what constitutes a digital library, the effects of technology on the role of the librarian, and technology
based attempts at information access. Concludes that librarians and technologists need to work together in the development of digital libraries.
Paper addressing the potential consequences of changes to digital information. Suggests that universities can cope by being more proactive in their use of the Web for reward and communication.
Influential analysis of UK university library provision.
Report from a project investigating the impact of digital libraries and the Internet on special libraries. The project also addressed the extent to which practitioners working in local government or voluntary social service agencies are being prevented from accessing digital library developments through lack of access to the UK Higher Education network, the digital resources academic libraries provide themselves and various collaborative schemes which offer access to digital resources across the academic network as a whole.
Library and information science current awareness newsletter with summaries of articles on developments in electronic information provision and delivery in relation to libraries. Archives available online from 1990 onwards.
Proceedings of a UK conference on digital libraries held in June 1997. Includes material on the world of digital information, research and development programmes, changing relationships between information, education and learning, measurement of activities in the information field, progress in using metadata, developments in enforcing user authentication, and intellectual property issues.
Collection of texts relevant to the subject of libraries facing the challenge of networked information. Contributions in English, German and Nordic languages.
The JISC currently funds a number of data centres, data services, and projects, using different delivery modes, which contribute to the electronic content available to the UK higher education community. This document describes the parameters of the distributed national electronic resource, sets out policies for its development, and identifies areas for collaboration with data providers and data users outwith the HE sector.
Article considering the historical use of public libraries in the US, and whether the increasing availability of networked computers will diminish the public library's traditional role still further. It asserts that the book will remain the primary form for reading works which are at the center of cultural life and which make up the core of public library collections.
Study exploring the potential of the eLib programme to stimulate or 'mobilise' the higher education community towards positive cultural change, that would facilitate the uptake and usefulness of electronic resources such as the innovations developed within the eLib programme.
Paper discussing the role of digital libraries and knowledge networks in the growth of the computing and communications industries. It considers the issue in the context of human centred information systems.
Full text magazine with stories, commentary, briefings and a collection of resources for digital library research.
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