Organizational Aspects of the Virtual/Digital Library: A Survey of Academic Libraries

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1997

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Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics

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The virtual or digital library (V/DL) is presently being investigated across disciplines. Technology-related topics capture most of attention, while organizational issues are little studied. Rather than looking at V/DL as a specific technology, the present study takes an organizational approach. It places V/DL in the content of the academic library, focusing on relevant opinions of the library heads. The study's findings suggest that the library heads typically understand V/DL as digital materials, are mainly supportive of V/DL understood in this way, and demonstrate the tension between old and new orientations.

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social informatics, Digital Library

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Travica, B. (1999). Organizational aspects of the virtual library: A survey of academic libraries. Library and Information Science Research, 21(2), 173-203.

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Working Paper