Design and Usability of Digital Libraries: Case Studies in the Asia Pacific

Design and Usability of Digital Libraries: Case Studies in the Asia Pacific

Yin-Leng Theng (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) and Schubert Foo (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Release Date: December, 2004|Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 395
ISBN13: 9781591404415|ISBN10: 159140441X|EISBN13: 9781591404439|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-441-5


Design and Usability of Digital Libraries: Case Studies in the Asia Pacific showcases some of the best digital library practices from organizations in the Asia Pacific. Particular emphasis has been placed on the design, use and usability of digital libraries. Not only are digital libraries examined, but related technologies, the management of knowledge in digital libraries, and the associated usability and social issues surrounding digital libraries are all examined. Design and Usability of Digital Libraries will benefit practitioners, researchers, educators and policy makers from a variety of disciplines. In particular developers/designers of digital libraries, librarians, users and researchers will all find this collection of case studies a valuable tool to understanding digital libraries.

Reviews and Testimonials

"It's a good book for those interested in digital libraries, and readers should ignore the regional limites of its [content] and accept that what is said here applies to the international scene as well."

– Philip Calvert, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, in Electronic Library 23(5)

That this is a significant contribution to the literature on digital libraries is beyond doubt. For those specialists with existing knowledge and a desire to gain a broader picture of what is underway beyond their doorsteps, this will be a valuable addition to their collections.

– Bob Pymm, Charles Sturt University, in OIR 30 (2)

This is a good discussion of the issues of copyright, patentability of [content]-based image retrieval (CBIR) processes, and other legal issues that arise from the cultural and legislative diversity within the Asia-Pacific region.

– Maureen Henninger, University of Technology, Australia.

Its principle contribution to the field is in the examination and development of innovative techniques for reconciling difficulties encountered within cross-cultural and cross-lingual environments. Especially recommended for digital library designers with a firm grasp of metadata standards and associated protocols, and information architecture.

– Sherri Vokey, University of Toronto, Canada in Public Services Quarterly Vol 2, No. 2/3 (2006)

This book does not just confirm that digital library ineffectiveness is universal, but provides a broader view on its causes. The structure of this book is appropriate to its purpose. It opens and closes with scene-setting and forward-looking chapters. Each chapter has a good abstract, a clear introduction, a conclusion, and plenty of references.

– British Journal of Educational Technology, Vol. 38, No. 1 (2007)

The 20 papers in this book offer an insight into the concerns and research interests in digital libraries...Reading this book reinforces the importance for everyone to embrace open source developments, enable interoperability at all levels and to standardize protocols to ensure that the usability of digital library resources continues to increase.

– Library Hi Tech, Vol. 25, No. 3 (2007)

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Dr. Yin-Leng Theng is an associate professor in the School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She completed her PhD in 1997 on addressing the “lost in hyperspace” problem in hypertext, and proposed a framework to understand design and usability issues. She then joined Middlesex University (London) as a Lecturer from 1998 to 2001. Presently, she teaches on the Information Studies Masters Programme: Digital Libraries and Human-Computer Interaction. Her research interests in Human-Computer Interaction and Digital Libraries had led to the award of two research grants from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council in the United Kingdom during her four years of teaching at Middlesex University (London). Recently, she received a three-year university research grant to design and develop a suite of usability engineering tools for digital libraries on mobile environments and the Web.
Dr. Schubert Foo is Professor and Vice-Dean of the School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He was the former Head of the Division of Information Studies that offers two Master of Science programmes in Information Studies and Knowledge Management. Dr Foo holds a PhD in Materials Engineering, M.B.A. and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, UK. He is Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK, and Fellow of the British Computer Society, UK. He sits on the editorial boards of Journal of Information Science, Journal of Information & Knowledge Management, and International Yearbook of Library and Information Management. He has published more than 110 international journal and conference papers and book chapters in the areas of multimedia technology, Internet technology, multilingual information retrieval, digital libraries and knowledge management.