KKLIC's Digital Library Service

"The digital library is emerging as an organization that extends the breadth and scale of scholarly and cultural evidence and supports innovative research and life-long learning. To do this , it mediates between diverse and distributive information resources on the one hand and a changing range of user communities on the other. In this capacity, it establishes "a digital library service environment"-that is, a networked and Web-accessible information space in which users can discover, locate, acquire access to, and, increasingly, use information. Although access paths will vary depending upon the resource in question, the digital library service environment makes no distinctions among formats. books, journals, paper-based archives, video, film, and sound recordings are as visible in the digital environment as are online catalogs, finding aids, abstract and indexing services, e-journal and Internet resources, and other "electronic" holdings. Dan Greenstein, CLIR issues. No.14 (March/April 2000.p.l.)

Key characteristics are:

  • all formats in a digital library services environment library collections and electronic holdings books and e-books journals and e-journals pre-prints and e-prints archives and e-archives video, film and streaming video sound recordings and digital sound traditional and digitized collections

  • varying paths to access library and information resources library catalogs, indexes, citation databases search engines on the Web print and online finding aids librarians, faculty and colleagues

  • access to information resources managed by the library or made available by individuals or other organizations

  • delivery of library services via the Web as well as access at the library