Digital libraries and their communities
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Exploring Digital Libraries, Chapter 7
What sets thriving, long-lived digital libraries apart from those that attract only modest attention or have faded into memory? Why have some digital libraries had a distinctive impact on the communities they were built to serve, while others are more or less ignored? This chapter of Exploring Digital Libraries examines these issues. It builds on table 2.1’s descriptions of a sample of working digital libraries that have been successful since they began in the first decade of digital libraries (1991-2001). It also takes up themes from chapter 6, which examines the ways that digital libraries produce, or could produce value for the communities they serve.
This is a preprint of a chapter whose final and definitive form was co-published in Exploring Digital Libraries: Foundations, Practice, Prospects by Facet Publishing (2014) and ALA Neal-Schuman (2014).
Libraries and community; Online communities; Computer networks--Social aspects; Digital libraries--Planning; Success factors; User-centered design; Digital library sustainability
Calhoun, Karen. “Digital libraries and their communities.” In Exploring Digital Libraries: Foundations, Practice, Prospects. London: Facet Publishing; Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman, 2014. ISBNs 9781856048200, 1856048209; 9781555709853, 1555709850.