Role of Virtual Libraries in Learning Process

Role of Virtual Libraries in Learning Process

Amandeep Kaur (DAV University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8178-1.ch003
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In modern era, libraries are playing role in two parts- first is physical and second is virtual. Library users are demanding virtual library as well as a physical library because of their learning demands can be fulfilled by virtual libraries. Virtual library planning and designing can provide a rich learning environment. In library and information Science various terms are used to describe virtual libraries: digital libraries, electronic libraries, e-libraries, and the broader term virtual library. In this paper, the term virtual library is used to describe any managed collection of information sources in an electronic format. Therefore, virtual libraries can include digital collections of pictures, maps, Web sites, or library records.
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3. Features Of A Virtual Library

  • 1.

    Virtual library provide speedy and wide access to updated information in a National & International manner.

  • 2.

    Virtual library changed the traditional library systems of cataloguing only book materials.

  • 3.

    Cataloguing of NBM (Non Book Materials) includes not only in databases but also in websites.

  • 4.

    In Virtual library emphasis is given on access not on collection.

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    Virtual library saves the time of its users.

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    Virtual library needed strong funds for automation and fulfilling infrastructure requirement.


4. Building A Virtual Library

The building blocks for a virtual library are its digital collections, which are not just a random assemblage of digital objects or uniform resource locators of free web- based resources (URLs). Building digital collections requires traditional library skills, in addition to information and web technology skills. The process of building a virtual library includes:

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