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Digital Libraries & Information Access Paperback – July 31, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Facet Publishing (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856048217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856048217
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,861,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...with such a broad range of content and very recent research included, this book would definitely be useful to librarians doing work related to digital libraries...It would also make a very appropriate textbook for an introduction to digital libraries." -- Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship "Professors Chowdhury and Foo are to be commended on assembling this thoughtful body of work on digital libraries from around the world. The volume is a valuable addition to library collections, digital and otherwise." -- Christine L Borgman "...a stimulating book that covers the field very well." -- Journal of Librarianship and Information Science "Chowdhury and Foo have shaped a compilation of thoughtful approaches to current issues in digital libraries as they relate to information access. The authors throughout provide numerous opportunities to extend the reader's exploration of these topics by virtue of well-chosen case studies, timely examples, and identified trends, as well as the comprehensive bibliographies included with each chapter. Readers seeking to better understand the fundamentals of how users engage with digital libraries as well as gain a contextual grasp on both the historic and contemporary attendant research will be able to satisfy both of these goals." -- Library Resources and Technical Services "Digital Libraries and Information Access is a mine of information...Chapters are consistently and helpfully laid out, each with an introduction which functions as an abstract, a summary to remind us what we have just read, and at least two pages of references. Descriptions, evaluations, comparisons and case studies are present in abundance, and these assist with general readability. This is a book by experts, clearly written, with an authoritative yet accessible tone, and a useful index. It is highly recommended." -- Australian Library Journal

About the Author

G. G. Chowdhury, BSc Hons, MSc, PhD, FCLIP is a Professor of Information and Knowledge Management and Director of the Centre for Information and Knowledge Management at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has co-written several best-selling books with Facet Publishing including Information Users and Usability in the Digital Age and Introduction to Modern Information Retrieval and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Documentation, Library Review, Journal of Information Science, World Digital libraries: an international journal, and Online Information Review. Schubert Foo BSc, MBA, PhD, CEng, CITP, FIMechE, FBCS, PPA(P) is Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Humanities at Nanyang Technological University. He was a former member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Information Science, Journal of Information and Knowledge Management and International Yearbook of Library and Information Management. He has co-written and edited a number of books including Knowledge Management Tools and Techniques, Design and Usability of Digital Libraries: Case Studies in the Asia Pacific, Social information retrieval systems: Emerging technologies and applications for searching the Web effectively, Handbook of Research on Digital Libraries: Design, Development and Impact

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Since digital collections and their access are playing an increasing role in library collection the information in this book is timely and important for librarians and academics who are interested in information sciences. The authors who contributed the chapters are mostly non-American reflecting the true international nature of a field that is a near as your Internet connected device.

The term, “digital library” is only about 15 years old, yet outside of information science and library professionals, it is not used. Systematic research in the field of digital libraries is more recent and not always done under the term, “digital library.” Librarians use the term to mean a selected collection of electronic resources. Digital libraries contain collections of materials with the same kinds of selection, organizing, storing, accessibility, and preservation goals that exist for libraries of print and non-print collections. Usefulness of the collection includes promotion and instruction in the products, but these aspects of the topic are not covered in this book.

This book is a scholarly collection of studies; not a how-to practical book. Most of the topics are more concerned with academic, functional and theoretical matters rather than practical matters, which are quickly out of date. The authors deal with topics such as access, search and retrieval, usability, intellectual property rights and preservation. This is an important book to read now before your library is lost in a sea of mixed up digital resources. Since this is a book for librarians and other information science professionals, it is best suited for an academic library collection or scholars in the discipline.

Daniel D. Stuhlman
Malcolm X College and University of Illinois libraries
Chicago, IL

Originally appeared in Catholic Library World, 83:3, March 2013 page 221.
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