ATG Book of the Week: Exploring Digital Libraries: Foundations, practice, prospects

by | Jan 6, 2014 | 0 comments

Exploring digital - Exploring Digital Libraries: Foundations, practice, prospects
Author: Karen Calhoun
Paperback: ISBN: 978-1-85604-820-0; £49.95
Imprint: London: Facet, 2014


“Exploring Digital Libraries is an authoritative and in-depth treatment of the digital library arena that focuses on the functional and strategic, providing an unsurpassed overview of what’s happening now and what will happen in the future. It is unique in drawing together the author’s original applied research and experience serving digital libraries, a review and analysis of key readings and existing digital library literature and the results of recent interviews with key educators, researchers and implementers in the digital library arena to produce a book that is both thought-provoking and practical.


LIS students, educators and researchers getting to grips with digital libraries, library and information professionals getting started with digital projects, preparing training and workshops and those who want a primer for professional development.



“This book provides an overview of the digital turn in libraries. It is informed by the rich and varied professional experience of its author, by extensive research across several national  and international contexts, and by a rare synthesizing ability. It fills a clear gap in the library literature, exploring technical and research developments from the perspective of evolving library services and organization.”
– Lorcan Dempsey

“Despite all of the rhetoric about digital libraries over the past decade, what do we really know about their success? Calhoun uses hard data to determine which projects have been successful and which have not–and why. More importantly, she inspires all of to think about what digital libraries could be–again, not with aspirational language, but with hard evidence. This is the definitive statement of the development of digital libraries to date. Calhoun has been a leading thinker in designing the digital future, and, as it turns out, she is equally good at assessing our progress.”
– Deanna Marcum, Managing Director, Ithaka S+R

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