By Ian H. Witten, David Bainbridge
Given smooth society's have to keep watch over its ever-increasing physique of data, electronic libraries should be one of the most vital and influential associations of this century. With their versatility, accessibility, and financial system, those centred collections of every thing electronic are quick turning into the "banks" during which the world's wealth of data is stored.
How to construct a electronic Library is the one booklet that provides all of the wisdom and tools had to build and keep a electronic library-no subject how huge or small. across the world famous specialists supply an absolutely built, step by step procedure, in addition to the software program that makes all of it attainable. How to construct a electronic Library is the superbly self-contained source for people, businesses, and associations wishing to place this strong software to paintings of their burgeoning details treasuries.
* Sketches the historical past of libraries-both conventional and digital-and their impression on current practices and destiny directions
* deals in-depth assurance of today's useful criteria used to symbolize and shop details digitally
* makes use of Greenstone, freely obtainable open-source software-available with interfaces within the world's significant languages (including Spanish, chinese language, and Arabic)
* Written for either technical and non-technical audiences
* Web-enhanced with software program documentation, colour illustrations, full-text index, resource code, and extra
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The changing nature of books The technophile visionaries whose dreams we shared above were not talking about a virtual library in the sense of an automated catalog. They wanted the full text of all documents in the library to be automated, not just a metadata surrogate. They took it for granted that books are adequately represented by the information they contain: the physical object is of no consequence. The information in library catalogs and bibliographies can be divided into two kinds: the first having reference to the contents of books; the second treating their external character and the history of particular copies.