Digital Library: What It Is?

Rao, Mahabaleshwara and Bhat, Shivananda K (2006) Digital Library: What It Is? In: 2nd All India Conference of CGLA on National Conference on Digital Library – 2006, 29-31 October 2006, Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, New Forest, Dehra Dun. (Submitted)

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Libraries exist in many forms and are of many types. We might also think of libraries when we refer to collections that now reside in databases, knowledge bases, text bases or the World Wide Web (WWW). Traditional libraries are centralized and organized around books, official and ‘sacred’ indivisible pieces of knowledge intended to be kept ‘forever’. The scenario changes when computers arrive. Computer networks allow communities to intensify their interaction. As the internet expands, particularly the WWW, more people are recognizing the need to search indexed collections. Using electronic mail and WWW, it is now easier for libraries to reach communities and to provide new services. For the same reason, it is now easier for users to interact with libraries, not only to access OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) services but, in an extreme scenario. One of the greatest benefits of digital libraries is bringing together people with formal, informal and professional learning missions. In this era of the Internet and the World Wide Web,the long time topic of digital libraries has suddenly become white hot. Humanity is now working toward the grand challenge of a world digital library system.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Departments at MU > Library and Information Science
MU Libraries > Health Sciences Library - Manipal
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 04 May 2012 04:42
Last Modified: 04 May 2012 04:42

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