Volume 20, Number 1 January 2000
Designing and managing your digital library
The digital library concept requires that libraries be information
architects in order to build effective, scalable Web sites to...
by Kim Guenther
Discusses the digital library and defines "just in time," as
applied to libraries, as information delivered where it is needed,
when it is needed, in a format that is useful. Says that this
strategy requires libraries to adopt 24/365 service and to offer
services through the digital, electronic, or virtual library.
Discusses standards and how to build a virtual library from the
ground up, replacing bricks and mortar with bytes and bandwidth.
Notes that the library on the Web requires blending product design
and strategies that assess market viability and quality (customer
profiling and data mining). Mentions using customized and
personalized portals to bring communities together and provide users
with a familiar and highly useful Web interface. Concludes that the
digital library represents a viable alternative to the physical
library's products and services.
Includes one diagram, one screen display, and one sidebar.
Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts
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