Digital libraries: definitions, issues and challenges

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TitleDigital libraries: definitions, issues and challenges
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsCleveland, G, Dataflow, IFLAUniversal
PublisherIFLA, Universal dataflow and telecommunications core programme
Keywordsdigital collection, digital library, theory
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The idea of easy, finger-tip access to information— what we conceptualize as digital libraries today— began with Vannenar Bush’s Memex machine (Bush, 1945) and has continued to evolve with each advance in information technology. With the arrival of computers, the concept centered on large bibliographic databases, the now familiar online retrieval and public access systems that are part of any contemporary library. When computers were connected into large networks forming the Internet, the concept evolved again, and research turned to creating libraries of digital information that could be accessed by anyone from anywhere in the world. Phrases like “virtual library,” “electronic library,” “library without walls” and, most recently, “digital library,” all have been use