Digital Libraries and Information Access: Research Perspectives

Digital Libraries and Information Access: Research Perspectives

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Edited by G. G. Chowdhury, Edited by Schubert Foo

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  • Publisher: Facet Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 16mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 21 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1856048217
  • ISBN 13: 9781856048217
  • Sales rank: 762,523

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An authoritative and truly global exploration of current research in digital libraries. Internationally-renowned academics discuss what has been achieved with digital libraries and what we can expect in the future through the prism of research. The increasing number of digital libraries in all sectors and the pressure of ever demanding and diverse user needs has encouraged development of user-centred interfaces, intelligent search and retrieval capabilities, effective metadata description and contents organization. In addition to the two editors who are renowned for their works in digital library research, this collection brings together established international names in the field to analyse these developments in relation to users and information access and the future trends and challenges that practitioners will face. Readership: LIS students, academics and researchers interested in digital libraries and access and those developing, managing or just starting out with digital libraries.

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Professor Gobinda Chowdhury BSc Hons, MSc, PhD, FCLIP is Professor in Information Science at iSchool@northumbria, and Head of the Department of Mathematics and Information Sciences at Northumbria University. Before joining Northumbria University he was a Professor and Director of the Centre for Information and Knowledge Management at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. For over 25 years he has worked as an academic and researcher in information science in different parts of the world including Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia. For the past few years he has been actively involved in the iSchools activities. Professor Chowdhury has written or edited 15 books and over 150 research papers. 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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"...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

Table of contents

Foreword - Christine L Borgman 1. Digital libraries and information access: introduction - Gobinda Chowdhury and Schubert Foo 2. The design and architecture of digital libraries - Hussein Suleman 3. Metadata and crowdsourced data for access and interaction in digital library user interfaces - Ali Shiri and Dinesh Rathi 4. Information access - Gobinda Chowdhury and Schubert Foo 5. Collaborative search and retrieval in digital libraries - Dion Hoe-Lian Goh 6. The social element of digital libraries - Natalie Pang 7. Towards socially inclusive digital libraries - Chern Li Liew 8. Users' interactions with digital libraries - T. D. Wilson and Elena Maceviciute 9. Digital libraries and scholarly information:technology, market, users and usage - Jeonghyun Kim, Angel Durr and Suliman Hawamdeh 10. Digital libraries and open access - Gobinda Chowdhury and Schubert Foo 11. iSTEM: integrating subject categories from multiple repositories - Christopher C. Yang and Jung-ran Park 12. The usability of digital libraries - Sudatta Chowdhury 13. Intellectual property and digital libraries - Michael Fraser 14. Digital preservation: interoperability ad modum - Milena Dobreva and Raivo Ruusalepp 15. Digital libraries and information access:research trends - Gobinda Chowdhury and Schubert Foo.