Establishing the Digital Library: Don’t Ignore the Library Standards and Don’t Forget the Training Needed

Establishing the Digital Library: Don’t Ignore the Library Standards and Don’t Forget the Training Needed

Alan Hopkinson (Middlesex University, UK)
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 cheaper 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.
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Academic Material In Developing Countries’ Libraries

In developing countries there has always been a problem for libraries acquiring books and journals. In the days of print journals, they were too expensive to purchase at the price they were available in the industrialized world, and additionally there were postage costs to be accounted for making it actually more expensive to provide materials to developing countries than to the industrialized world. In the case of journals, there was a feeling that a run should be complete and subscriptions could often not be kept up for financial reasons. Today material can be transferred digitally either on CD ROM or over the internet which reduces postage charges although it requires a certain level of bandwidth if the material is accessed over the internet.

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Chapter 1
Christine Wamunyima Kanyengo
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Fostering and Developing Leadership Amongst Library Staff at the University of Zambia Library
Chapter 2
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Pakistan Library and Information Council: A Proposal
Chapter 3
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Modernization of a Traditional Library
Chapter 4
Adeyinka Tella, Rachel Ronke Ojo
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Marketing Library and Information Services for Effective Utilization of Available Resources: The 21st Century Librarians and Information Professionals - Which Ways and What Works?
Chapter 5
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Strategies for Marketing an Academic Library in an African Setting
Chapter 6
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The Significance of Marketing in Library and Information Science
Chapter 7
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Marketing Libraries: Adopting Marketing Strategies in Nigerian Libraries
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Libraries and Preservation of Indigenous Knowledge in Developing Countries: The Nigeria Experience
Chapter 9
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The School Librarian in Rural China: “A Stranger Among Her People”
Chapter 10
Elisam Magara
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The Future of Readership Development: How ICTs Have Influenced User Habits and Library Acquisitions
Chapter 11
Henry N. Kemoni
The purpose of the chapter is to present the status of information ethics teaching at the School of Information Sciences, Moi University, Kenya with... Sample PDF
Status of Information Ethics Teaching at the School of Information Sciences, Moi University, Kenya
Chapter 12
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An Assessment of the Perception of Library School Students towards Librarianship at the University of Ilorin: A Pilot Study
Chapter 13
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Demystifying Digital Scholarship
Chapter 14
Alan Hopkinson
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Establishing the Digital Library: Don’t Ignore the Library Standards and Don’t Forget the Training Needed
Chapter 15
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A Review of eGovernment Services in Nigeria
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Digital Libraries: Their Challenges and Issues in the Perspectives of Developing Countries like India
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Information Flow and Democratic Governance: An Analysis of the African Experience
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Librarians, Records Managers, and E-Government
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Information Services Provision to Persons with Visual Impairment in Nigeria: The Salient Issues
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Organisation of Information and the Information Retrieval System
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Social Media in Library and Information Centres
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Bibliometric Analysis of DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology
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