Different Types of Digital Libraries Essay

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Digital libraries are libraries in which collections are stored in a digital format. A digital library has also been known as a virtual or electronic library. In this essay, different types of digital libraries will be compared. This essay will provide an in depth look at the many different digital library programs that have had a profound impact on the field of digital libraries. Archival formats will be explored. Techniques for the conversion of textbased formats into digital formats will be analyzed and compared. This essay will also uncover the pros and cons of a digital library compared to a traditional library. Suggestions for the future of digital libraries will also be considered.

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The EAD format is better suited for encoding the hierarchical relationships between the different parts of the collection and displaying them to the user (Brenner et al, 2006). Recent trends have been capitalizing on the strengths of both formats to improve access to digital collections.

In the 1990s and beyond, digital libraries changed the way we have thought

about how we retrieve information. What exactly is a digital library? According to Donald Waters, digital libraries are "organizations that provide the resources, including the specialized staff, to select, structure, offer intellectual access to, interpret, distribute, preserve the integrity of, and ensure the persistence over time of collections of digital works so that they are readily and economically available for use by a defined community or set of communities" (Waters, 1998). This definition allows for a great degree of interpretation. The concept of digital library has multiple senses that one might invoke in various contexts. For example, the concept may refer simply to the notion of collection without reference to organization, intellectual accessibility or service attributes. This extended sense seems to be in play, for example, when we hear the World Wide Web described as a digital library. The concept might also refer to the organization underlying the collection, or even more

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