Digital Library Structure and Software

Digital Library Structure and Software

Cavan McCarthy (Louisiana State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-575-7.ch034
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Digital libraries (DL) can be characterized as the “high end” of the Internet, digital systems which offer significant quantities of organized, selected materials of the type traditionally found in libraries, such as books, journal articles, photographs and similar documents (Schwartz, 2000). They normally offer quality resources based on the collections of well-known institutions, such as major libraries, archives, historical and cultural associations (Love & Feather, 1998). The field of digital libraries is now firmly established as an area of study, with textbooks (Arms, 2000; Chowdhury & Chowdhury, 2003; Lesk, 1997); electronic journals from the US (D-Lib Magazine: and the UK (Ariadne:; even encyclopedia articles (McCarthy, 2004).

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