Digital libraries: integrating content and systems

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Chandos Publishing, 2006 - Business & Economics - 203 pages
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Summary: Low cost Internet technology has transformed library services by allowing libraries to play a creative and dynamic role in the delivery of information to their users. This book helps managers, systems personnel, and graduate students understand the challenges of providing digital library services with a number disparate content providers and software systems. It also helps readers understand what libraries must do to deliver a user experience customized to the needs of individual institutions. Key Features: 1.Familiarizes readers with general and library specific technologies required to provide digital library services 2.Helps readers better understand trade offs between in-house and vendor solutions 3.Provides library decision makers with technology staffing guidance 4.Helps decision makers develop a digital library plan The Authors: With three decades of combined library experience, Mark Dahl, Kyle Banerjee, and Michael Spalti are widely recognized for their ability to clearly explain complex technologies and their relevance in a library setting. Mark Dahl is Assistant Director for Systems and Access Services at Lewis & Clark College's Watzek Library in Portland, Oregon, USA. Kyle Banerjee is the Head of the Automated Systems Unit at the Oregon State Library in Salem, Oregon. Michael Spalti is Associate University Librarian for Systems at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Readership: This book is an indispensable guide for new systems librarians and an invaluable reference for library directors and other seasoned professionals charged with planning, implementing or maintaining digital library services. Contents: The challenge of integration - the need for integration; problems; opportunities Standards necessary for integration - general (communication, authentication, data interchange); library specific; emerging Enabling technology - web servers; scripting languages; databases; data interchange technology Authentication and security - obstacles to authentication; directory services; data, network and server security; Interfacing with integrated library systems - emerging ILS roles; data exchange and interoperability Licensed electronic resource management - functions and examples of electronic resource management systems Digital asset management - types and functions of digital asset management systems; integration of digital asset management systems; search integration of digital asset management system content; digital collection assessment and development Integration with content providers - federated searching; resolvers; expanding role of search engines Web portals - roles of a library web site; commercial vs. locally designed content management systems; usability Positioning for the future - possibilities and limitations of planning; organizational structure and design of digital libraries; staff needed to build and support digital libraries; developing and maintaining the expertise to meet future challenges

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Enabling technologies
The role of standards in digital library integration
Authentication identity management and security

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