Digital Libraries as Information Superhighway

Digital Libraries as Information Superhighway

Prakash Dongardive (Makelle University, Ethiopia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3914-8.ch005
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During the decade of 1990s the term digital libraries become a recognized phrase for describing libraries that offer access to digital information by using a variety of networks, including internet and world wide web. Other synonyms used interchangeably with digital libraries are library without walls and electronic and virtual libraries because every online or virtual source of information is electronic source of information but every electronic information sources are not online or virtual form, so digital or electronic library includes digital contents and that can be delivered any time anywhere to the networked computer. Digital libraries provide remote access to the contents and the services of the libraries and other information sources combining an onsite collection of current and heavily used materials in both print and electronic form with an electronic networks which provide access to and delivery for worldwide libraries and commercial information and knowledge sources. Basically the digital libraries are the metaphor for the networked libraries. In the light of this therefore, this chapter discussed digital libraries as information superhighway looking at issues like factors responsible for the emergence of digital libraries, influence internet on digital libraries, etc.
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Factors Responsible For Emergence Of Digital Libraries

Following are the factors are catalytic effect in the emergence of digital libraries;

  • 1.

    Knowledgeable, computer literate and information literate user’s base have started to demand more information at their PC or Laptop computer.

  • 2.

    If library budget is not able to cope with the user’s rising demands for hard copy of valuable journals which being provided by various publisher wise full text database.

  • 3.

    Research community require current and updated information in their respected area of research, such information being published time to time in e-journals for the purpose of rapidly transmitting for research and development.

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    The peculiarity between library collection management and document delivery, the ownership and access approaches, are becoming increasingly unconfident.

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    The rapid growth in the internet as established the potential wealth of information resources available at the click of a mouse button as ICT and Internet technology feature.

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    Libraries and information centers started giving increased emphasis to provide access to resources available elsewhere rather than physically possessing resources e.g. library automation, inter library networks, online library catalogues, and resource sharing activities.

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