This title brings together a wide range of perspectives on the rapidly developing field of digital libraries, covering both the opportunities and challenges that this innovation provides for both users and providers. Individual chapters focus on the changing role of the librarian caused by digital libraries and what role (if any) they will perform in the future, as well as the experiences of users of digital libraries, including the change in usage of libraries that digitization has caused and the user demography of the digital library. Attention is also given to the options and challenges presented to publishers by digital libraries, along with the effect on library catalogs and classification structures, and also the advantages and disadvantages of digital information systems.
Several chapters provide case studies of user and provider experiences of digital libraries, providing the reader with real-life scenarios to complement the theoretical discussion. As such, anyone interested in this exciting and highly significant area will find this book to be a valuable resource.
1. The Growth of the Role of Librarians and Information Officers in Digital Libraries, Christian Lupovici.
2. The Tao of the Digital Library: A Library without a Librarian?, Joachim Schöpfel and Jacques Creusot.
3. The Reader Faced with a Digital Library: The Experience of the Pasteur Institute, Emmanuelle Jannès-Ober.
4.University Students’ Information Strategies: From Institutional Expectations to Real Uses, Marie Despres-Lonnet.
5. The Digital Mind/Spirit: Digital Libraries and Democracy, Olivier Fressard.
6. Accessing Library Catalogues in the Age of Digital Libraries and Search Engines: Gaps, Disruptions and Transformation?, Dominique Lahary.
7. Stakes and Prospects of Heuristic Visualization for OPAC Use, Sophie Chauvin.
8. 3D Interaction for Digital Libraries, Pierre Cubald.
9. Using Facets to Classify and Access Digital Resources, Michèle Hudon.
10. Digital Libraries: Law Publishing Online in the Service of Infomediation, Fabien Girard de Barros.
11. Which Digital Publishing Option for the Virtual User at French Universities?, Ghislaine Chartron and Marc Minon.
12. The Revel@NiceProjet, The Creation and Perspectives of an Institutional Site, Michel Roland.
13. Use and Users of Digital Journal Libraries: A Deep Log Analysis, David Nicolas.
14. Digital Collections in Libraries: Development and Continuity, Hélène Roussel.
15. Ergonomics Standards and the Uses of Digital Libraries, Nicole Lompré.
16. A Documentary Information System at the University, Corinne Leblond.
17. Do Libraries Have a Future in Academia?, Robert Campbell.
Fabrice Papy is a senior lecturer and researcher in Information & Communication Technology at the University of Paris 8, France.