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Digital libraries in academia: Challenges and changes

Adams, Anne and Blandford, Ann (2002). Digital libraries in academia: Challenges and changes. In: Goos, G.; Hartmanis, J. and van Leeuwen, J. eds. Digital Libraries: People, Knowledge, and Technology. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2555. Berlin: Springer, pp. 392–403.

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Although web accessible digital libraries (DLs) have greatly increased potential information accessibility within academia, the use of these resources varies widely across disciplines. This study, within contrasting departments (Humanities, Computing and Business) of a London university, reviews the social and organisational impacts of DLs across these disciplines. In-depth interviews and focus groups were used to gather data from 25 lecturers and librarians, and results analysed using the grounded theory method. Webaccessible DLs are identified as changing the roles and working patterns of academic staff (i.e. lecturers, librarians and computer support staff). However, poor accessibility due to inappropriate implementation strategies, access mechanisms, searching support & DL usability reduces the use of these resources. Consequently, web and personal collections without guarantees of quality are widely used as an accessible alternative. One conclusion is the importance of implementation strategies (e.g. giving feedback on document context, collection boundaries, ownership, accountability and support) in informing DL design.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2002 Springer
ISBN: 3-540-00261-8, 978-3-540-00261-1
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 21032
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Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 08:19
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 09:34
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