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Exploring Digital Libraries: Chapter by Chapter Summary by Facet Publishing

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From Facet Publishing, on the new book by Karen Calhoun. From book cover: "thought-provoking and practical, [the text] not only weaves an enormous amount of content into a manageable resource for teaching and learning, but also covers new topics in the field, including digital library roles on the social web and in libraries' digital future."

Exploring Digital Libraries: Chapter by Chapter Summary by Facet Publishing

  1. 1. EXPLORING DIGITAL LIBRARIES Foundations, Practice, Prospects
  2. 2. WHAT IS IT? The most up-to-date, thought-provoking and comprehensive textbook on digital libraries.
  3. 3. WHO IS IT FOR? LIS students, educators, working librarians, library leaders and anyone wanting a highly readable overview of the field and its importance to the future of digital libraries.
  4. 4. WHAT DOES IT OFFER? 1) It will bring readers up-todate on the progress, nature and impact of digital libraries, bridging the gap since the publication of the best-known digital library texts.
  5. 5. WHAT DOES IT OFFER? 2) It frames digital library research & practice in the context of the social web & makes the case for moving beyond collections to a new emphasis on libraries’ value to their communities.
  6. 6. WHAT DOES IT OFFER? 3) It introduces several new frameworks and novel syntheses that elucidate digital library themes, suggest strategic directions, and break new ground in the digital library literature.
  7. 7. WHAT DOES IT OFFER? 4) It calls a good deal of attention to digital library research, but is written from the perspective of strategy and in-depth experience.
  8. 8. WHAT DOES IT OFFER? 5) It provides a global perspective and integrates material from many sources in one place.
  9. 9. WH0 IS IT BY? Karen Calhoun is a librarian, writer and international speaker with wide-ranging experience leading libraries in the digital age.
  10. 10. WHAT TO EXPECT chapter by chapter
  11. 11. 1. EMERGENCE AND DEFINITIONS OF DIGITAL LIBRARIES This chapter traces the first decade of progress in digital libraries (1991-2001) with emphasis on the foundational innovations, vision, motivations, new technology, funding and early programs that prompted their emergence and rapid development. It next turns to the question of how to define the concept of ‘digital libraries’ in an environment of multiple perspectives and continuous technological and societal change.
  12. 12. THIS CHAPTER IS AVAILABLE FOR FREE click here to download a PDF
  13. 13. 2. OUTCOMES OF DIGITAL LIBRARIES’ FIRST DECADE This chapter identifies & discusses a set of significant outcomes from the first decade of digital library research & practice. It describes accomplishments that set dominant themes & continue to shape the field of digital libraries. This chapter offers a framework for understanding the work of thousands of people during that period, one that reveals the interplay of people, enabling technologies & the collections, services & communities they support (see figure on the next slide).
  14. 14. 2. KEY OUTCOMES OF THE FIRST DECADE OF DIGITAL LIBRARIES A new field of digital library research and practice Enabling Technology Collections, Services, Communities Technical innovation Producers and Providers Scholarly communications Digitization Metadata and standards Foundations of digital libraries Open access Working digital libraries and their communities
  15. 15. 3. KEY THEMES AND CHALLENGES IN DIGITAL LIBRARIES This chapter identifies the key themes of the second decade of progress in the field. A concept map visualizes the results of an analysis of second-decade digital library literature & provides new insights into the field by exposing thematic connections between technologies, collections, social forces & online community building. The chapter concludes by considering the key challenges facing digital libraries: interoperability, community engagement, intellectual property rights & sustainability.
  16. 16. 4. DIGITAL LIBRARY COLLECTIONS: REPOSITORIES This chapter begins with an exploration of the parallel but separate developments of the web, digital library repositories & hybrid libraries. It then examines digital library repositories covering topics including: numbers, usage & discoverability of repositories; current position & roles; systems & software; federations & dissemination of repository content; next-generation repository systems; and cyberinfrastructure, data & eresearch support.
  17. 17. 5. HYBRID LIBRARIES This chapter takes a detailed look at the interplay between library users, hybrid library collections & enabling technologies for hybrid library systems & services. The chapter then examines changing information-seeking behaviours & preferences, explores how they have fostered new collections strategies, & analyses the impact of both on discovery services & other enabling technologies for hybrid libraries. The chapter ends with some thoughts about the evolutionary paths of hybrid libraries, repositories & the web.
  18. 18. 6. SOCIAL ROLES OF DIGITAL LIBRARIES This chapter begins by exploring the past and present understanding of the value of libraries to their communities. Taking a well known framework that lays out libraries’ social roles as a starting point, the chapter then suggests a possible new framework to describe the social roles of digital libraries. The remainder of the chapter explicates this framework, exploring aspects of each social role. The sections offer examples, consider benefits and challenges, and draw attention to key readers from digital library researchers and practitioners.
  19. 19. 7. DIGITAL LIBRARIES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES What sets thriving, long-lived digital libraries apart from those that attract only modest attention or have faded into memory? Why have some digital libraries had a distinctive impact on the communities they were built to serve, while others are more or less ignored? This chapter examines these issues.
  20. 20. 8. PROSPECTS OF OPEN ACCESS REPOSITORIES This chapter focuses on the potential of open access repositories for having a positive impact on scholarship & increasing the social & economic value of digital libraries. Topics include: subjectbased & institutional repositories & their value; issues around recruiting repository content; legal frameworks, copyright & open access; disciplinespecific norms, practices & reward systems; the discoverability of scholarly content; the sustainability of repositories; e-research data management; and prospects for the emergence of a global ecosystem of repositories.
  21. 21. 9. DIGITAL LIBRARIES AND THE SOCIAL WEB: SCHOLARSHIP This chapter examines the origins and chaotic, fast-moving nature of the social web, explores the possibility of digital libraries as social platforms and introduces a visual framework that attempts to bring some coherence to the many confusing elements of digital libraries’ evolution toward the social web. The chapter then turns to the branches of the visual framework that pertain to the social web’s existing emergent, or potential impacts on scholarship, research and researchers.
  22. 22. 9. DIGITAL LIBRARIES AND THE SOCIAL WEB: COLLECTIONS AND PLATFORMS This chapter continues the consideration of digital libraries’ responses to the social web. It builds on the visual framework introduced in the previous chapter to consider the transition of digital collections to platforms that align well with how people find information, work and play on the social web; are highly visible and invite interaction; and re-mix and re-use data from other sources. The chapter closes with some thoughts about future digital libraries and libraries’ digital futures.
  24. 24. THE BOOK IS OUT NOW! Click here to order the book from the Facet Publishing website Customers in the US & Canada can click here to order from the ALA Remember, you can browse a free sample chapter by clicking here
  • LendvayMiklos

    Nov. 5, 2017

From Facet Publishing, on the new book by Karen Calhoun. From book cover: "thought-provoking and practical, [the text] not only weaves an enormous amount of content into a manageable resource for teaching and learning, but also covers new topics in the field, including digital library roles on the social web and in libraries' digital future."


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