Advances in Librarianship, Volume 27 (Advances in by Frederick Lynden

By Frederick Lynden

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Third Generation The third generation digital library is now emerging, and the community has made significant progress in adoption of best practices and standards, including guidelines for digitization and metadata, OAI for interoperability and the Open Archive Information System (OAIS), which has been approved 30 Meg Bellinger et al. as an ISO standard as a reference model for digital archives. Library stakeholders have begun to focus on issues of sustainability, integration, interoperability, and collaboration.

As an ISO standard as a reference model for digital archives. Library stakeholders have begun to focus on issues of sustainability, integration, interoperability, and collaboration. Lougee points out that at this stage, research libraries are positioned as knowledge organizations to become both more integral and active to supporting the campus mission for e-learning opportunities (Lougee, 2002). ” (Greenstein, 2002). For all the three authors, best practices and standards and collaborative efforts are at the core of activities to ensure sustainability and interoperability.

In fact, as Greenstein points out, early automation in general has been characterized as the application of new technology to old processes (Greenstein, 2002). While digitization was taking place in an experimental mode, digital library research was getting significant funding. Besser notes that significant federal funding in the 1990s engendered the adoption of the term “Digital Library,” and tended to focus pure research in computer science on issues of architecture and information retrieval.

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