Quick insight into information-investment issues for presidents, CAOs, and other campus leaders from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Number 10, June 2002
The Issue for Presidents and CAOs:
What to Expect from Digital Library Development
|University presidents personally promoted the development of some of today’s most respected digital libraries, and several arose out of campus-wide strategic planning for enhancing a university’s ability to compete for grants and contracts, good students, and distinguished faculty. These are among findings of a new study that will give academic executives of institutions of all sizes insight into digital library development.The Digital Library: A Biography, is the tentative title of the study, planned for July publication by the Digital Library Federation (DLF) and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). Drawing on a survey of DLF-member institutions, the study describes how differences in leadership, organization, and relationships with academic departments and information technology staffs have influenced the varying character of digital libraries, and identifies stages in their development.
The Start-Up Digital Library:
Experimenters in the “Skunk-Works”
|The DLF survey indicates that university digital libraries in their start-up phase have had these characteristics:
The Mature Digital Library:
Building it so They Will (and Can) Come
|The survey indicates that as digital libraries mature they take on these characteristics:
This is where many digital libraries are now.
The Future Digital Library:
Collaboration Within and Beyond the Campus
|The authors of the study, Daniel Greenstein and Suzanne Thorin, believe that as digital libraries continue to develop they will have the following characteristics:
|The study will be made available on CLIR’s Web site and in print form in July. Access information will be posted at https://www.clir.org/whatsnew.html.