Digital Libraries in the Western Region of China

Digital Libraries in the Western Region of China

Yongzhong Sha (Lanzhou University Library, China), Wenjing Hu (Lanzhou University Library, China) and Wei Guo (Lanzhou University Library, China)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 27
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0550-1.ch009
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Abstract

The rapid technological development of the 21st century brought with it the rise of the digital library, which has become a global trend in university libraries. This chapter examines the construction and development of university digital libraries in western China. By investigating the current samples, consisting of 100 universities in the region, we try to reveal problems which arise during the construction process and discuss the future directions of university digital libraries in western China.
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University libraries in China have been promoting digital libraries for more than 20 years, also promoting the university as a core strength in digital library research, and playing a very important role in promoting the development of digital libraries. Since 1987, domestic researchers have conducted a series of studies and discussions which can be divided into the two aspects of theory and practice on subjects such as intellectual property, personalized service, resource integration, data mining, performance evaluation, information resource construction, digital reference service, customer service, research, and more. In theoretical research, Zhang (2001) divided the construction of a digital library into a three-generation paradigm which was continuously progressive and deepening: the first generation is a digital library based on digital resources, the second is the digital library based on integrated information service, and the third is the digital library based on user information behavior. The study of application mainly focused on the construction technology of digital libraries and services. From the technical aspect, Wang (2007) listed the content of digital library network information service systems, stressing how the university digital library changed from the model of cross-search retrieval to intelligent management in order to meet the demands of information service for education users, and constructing an evaluation model for network information services in university digital libraries. From the service aspect, Li (2010) analyzed university digital library user satisfaction, proposed the main factors affecting satisfaction, and constructed an evaluation model.

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