Digital Library Education: India and Abroad

Digital Library Education: India and Abroad

Naresh Kumar (University of Delhi, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2500-6.ch009


This chapter talks about the meaning of digital library and covers the various features of digital libraries. A brief overview of digital library education through various mediums like online education and formal education is given in this chapter. The chapter provides a list of Indian universities that conduct PG Diploma in digital library with its duration and admission eligibility, etc. Some of the foreign universities that provide digital library education are discussed. The whole chapter revolves around digital library education. The chapter highlights the various course curriculums adopted in Indian as well as foreign universities. A list of projects carried out in digital libraries around the globe with all details such as purpose of project, funding agency, and period of project are represented in this chapter. It also covers the latest issues and challenges in digital library education.
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Features Of The Digital Library

The various features of digital libraries are given below:

  • Usable anywhere, anytime.

  • Interactive.

  • Access national and international journals in different formats.

  • Helpful for physically disabled users as they can hear audible e-resources.

  • Provide background music and animations.

  • Save human efforts for shelving, rectification, bindery, and repair.

  • User cannot misplace e-books.

  • In buying e-resources, the overhead charges are ruled out.


Digital Library Education In India

Various Indian universities are offering one/two-year postgraduate diplomas in digital library and information to provide the latest skills of the digital world to their students effectively. These universities have somewhat the same eligibility criteria and course curriculum. Table 1 provides the same information in brief. A study is being done to identify the number of universities and institutes that provide digital library education in the form of short-term training programs to diploma or degree with its duration and eligibility in India. The information given in the table is validated and fully authentic to day-to-day use for students. The postgraduate diploma in digital library management is very new in India (see Figure 1).

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