Understanding Digital Libraries (Google eBook)

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Elsevier, Jan 20, 2005 - Computers - 456 pages
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This fully revised and updated second edition of Understanding Digital Libraries focuses on the challenges faced by both librarians and computer scientists in a field that has been dramatically altered by the growth of the Web.

At every turn, the goal is practical: to show you how things you might need to do are already being done, or how they can be done. The first part of the book is devoted to technology and examines issues such as varying media requirements, indexing and classification, networks and distribution, and presentation. The second part of the book is concerned with the human contexts in which digital libraries function. Here you’ll find specific and useful information on usability, preservation, scientific applications, and thorny legal and economic questions.

- Thoroughly updated and expanded from original edition to include recent research, case studies and new technologies
- For librarians and technologists alike, this book provides a thorough introduction to the interdisciplinary science of digital libraries
- Written by Michael Lesk, a legend in computer science and a leading figure in the digital library field.
- Provides insights into the integration of both the technical and non-technical aspects of digital libraries

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User Review  - martyr13 - LibraryThing

Interesting book about the history, present, and future of digital libraries, but I probably wouldn't be reading it from cover to cover if it wasn't assigned material. Read full review

Review: Understanding Digital Libraries (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Multimedia and Information Systems)

User Review  - Coral - Goodreads

I gave up on reading this upon graduation from library school. I doubt I'll go back. I'll leave this much from my previous review (the one where I thought I"d keep reading this until I was done): "Some of the technology specifics are adorably outdated. I smiled." Read full review


Chapter 1 Evolution of Libraries
Chapter 2 Text Documents
Chapter 3 Images of Pages
Chapter 4 Multimedia Storage and Retrieval
Chapter 5 Knowledge Representation Schemes
Chapter 6 Distribution
Chapter 7 Usability and Retrieval Evaluation
Chapter 8 User Needs
Chapter 10 Economics
Chapter 11 Intellectual Property Rights
Chapter 12 A World Tour of Digital Libraries
Chapter 13 Scope of Digital Libraries
Ubiquity Diversity Creativity and Public Policy

Chapter 9 Collections And Preservations

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About the author (2005)

Michael Lesk has put his computer expertise to work helping libraries and other institutions with digital computer technology. Lesk's ties to the computer world really began in the 1960s; he did retrieval code work for the SMART project while acquiring a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics. In the 1970s he helped the Unix computer processing project come to life, providing input into creating word processing, networking, and other features. The following decade Lesk ran a research group at Bellcore and focused on computer-format dictionary and geographic programs. In the 1990s Lesk centered on chemistry computer applications. He helped organize OCLC and other online Internet search engines. Along the way, Michael Lesk also worked with the Commission of Preservation and Access concerning digital preservation; his journeys in the broad computer field have included stops in New York, Massachusetts, and London. As visitor professor in computer science at London's University College, Lesk also serves as the division director of the information and intelligent systems wing of the National Science Foundation. In 1994, Usenix awarded Lesk The Flame, its lifetime achievement award.

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