Establishing the Digital Library: don’t ignore the library standards and don’t forget the training needed.

Hopkinson, Alan (2012) Establishing the Digital Library: don’t ignore the library standards and don’t forget the training needed. In: Library and information science in developing countries: contemporary issues. Tella, Adeyinka and Issa, Abdulwahab O., eds. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, pp. 195-204. 9781613503355. (doi:10.4018/978-1-61350-335-5.ch014)

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The literature on Digital Libraries tends to be about developing your own digital library, but most usage
of digital libraries worldwide is access to commercial databases of full-text material: initially scholarly
materials, but more recently, newspapers and monographs. There is no difference in principle between the industrialized world and developing countries; everyone want to access the same materials. Electronic materials are heaper to deliver to developing countries when compared with printed materials. The main problems concern spending wisely the little money that developing countries have and establishing the infrastructure to get the digital material to the users who need them. The standards needed to implement digital libraries are universal, and librarians in developing countries need to be aware of these
standards and support their implementation in their systems, develop an appropriate infrastructure, and
put resources into training so that the tools can be used to good effect. The Open Access movement must be taken into account and repositories set up for institutional materials as in the industrialized world.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords (uncontrolled): library automation; developing countries
Editors: Tella, Adeyinka and Issa, Abdulwahab O.
Research Areas: A. > Library and Student Support
Item ID: 8252
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Depositing User: Mr A Hopkinson
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2011 06:16
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2019 17:32
ISBN: 9781613503355

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