Digital Resource Management Strategies

Digital Resource Management Strategies

Sarojadevi K. (Karnataka University, India) and Padmamma S. (Kuvempu University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3822-6.ch004
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Digital technologies have transformed the shape of the libraries in recent years. Digital literacy has grown exponentially, and digital devices have proliferated personal computers, servers, mobile phones, tablets, laptops and mobile wireless devices. Library users, in the new era of information and communication technology environment expects to access traditional print material and more concentrated on digital information resources. So, in order to meet the user demands traditional libraries are vigorously changing their shapes and moving towards digital libraries. Obviously there may be changing in the nature of duties and responsibilities of a library professional. Since, managing of digital resources in the library is entirely different from physical print assets of a traditional library, there is a need of systematic and unique premier framework of strategic planning, innovative policies, establishing, collecting, licensing, sharing, and monitoring of digital information resources and this challenging task is called Digital Resource Management.
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Digital Resources/ Electronic Resources/Digital Formats

Digital resources are defined as digital, electronic, streaming video, audio recordings, CDs, DVDs, VHS recordings, and subscription databases. Digital Resources are defined as material (data/or programs) encoded or manipulated by computerized device.(AACR-2000) Electronic resources refer to those materials or services that require a computer for access, manipulation, or reproduction including, but not limited to, numerical, graphical and textual files, electronic journals, bibliographic or full-text databases and Internet resources.

Today the users limit their search only to such resources or databases which are available in full text. Hence these e-resources have become most common medium of scholarly communication. More and more scholarly publications are being made available on-line. According to Barker, there are three types of documents used in digital resources.

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    Static: Static are the most basic, they contain fixed information and never change their form(such as traditional online data)

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    Dynamic: Dynamic documents also contain fixed information but also able to change their outward form, the way embedded materials if presented to users (such as multimedia CD-ROMS)

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    Living: Living documents are able to change their form (outward appearance) and these embedded information. (such as information on the web) Devi and Devi (2004)


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