Friday, January 18, 2008

Digital Library Initiatives at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Jan/Feb 2008 issue of D-Lib Magazine has a brief but interesting overview of the digital initiatives at the Library of The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the largest State funded university library in the nation.

Digital library initiatives at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign began in 1994 for the dual purposes of providing digital access to the University Library's rich collections and conducting digital library research to advance the creation and use of digital resources. Today the UIUC Library is actively engaged in large-scale digitization of its collections through in-house and out-sourced projects, and its participation in the Open Content Alliance and the CIC Google Library Project. It has also recently launched the Illinois Harvest web portal, which provides organized and thematic access to digitized and born-digital resources about Illinois, created by Illinois scholars, or included among the digital collections of the University of Illinois Library. The Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS) is a set of digital collections and related services that together constitute the campus institutional repository.
The article also mentions the Digitized Book of the Week blog, that features news and highlights of the digitization initiatives at the Library of UIUC.

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rajF9 said...

Introduction – Digital Library Development

Libraries are rightly called the store house of valuable knowledge. It was invented in 5th century BC with both fiction and non fiction books and today there are millions of library all over the world. With rapid growing advancement in every field more and more documents are becoming available in printed forms and Libraries keep and preserve materials making availability of all the historical items.

Many Libraries in India have not yet catalogued all of their holdings and searching the physical format of over 100 years has become a difficult task. Due to the invent of new technologies, many providers are now providing customized digitization services to the libraries around the world.

Digital Library Advantage -
Digital libraries need not keep large and expensive stores of bulky and decaying paper. Libraries can shrink from large warehouses to small rooms and catalogs can be electronic, electronically updatable, and computer generatable, making them easier, faster, and cheaper to search, produce, and update. Libraries will not need to buy multiple copies to allow for book scuffing, book destruction, or to place one book in several categories.

Nor will they need binderies to bind journals or magazines into volumes, or to rebind old books. Nor will they need reshelvers. Also, the library can more easily refer readers to other books with similar subjects, tastes, or interests.
Libraries will not need to chemically treat their decaying books, microfilm them, or transcribe them to large-print, or audio. All transformations are easier with electronic books.
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