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|Title:||Digitizing library resources for new modes of information use in Uganda|
|Author(s):||Helen M. Byamugisha, (Makerere University Library, Kampala, Uganda)|
|Citation:||Helen M. Byamugisha, (2010) "Digitizing library resources for new modes of information use in Uganda", Library Management, Vol. 31 Iss: 1/2, pp.42 - 56|
|Keywords:||Digital libraries, Information retrieval, Uganda|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/01435121011013395 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||This paper was originally presented at the International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML 2009) Chania, Crete, Greece: 26-29 May 2009.|
Purpose – People have become increasingly dependent on digital information and the internet as a medium for gaining and exchanging information. However, despite promising developments, numerous challenges that are related to digital content and collection, interoperability, standards, knowledge organization systems, users and usability, legal, organizational and social issues, staff education, infrastructure, language barrier, and technology remain. This paper aims to address these issues.
Design/methodology/approach – This paper investigates the challenges to digital collection and content in Uganda.
Findings – This paper concludes that digital libraries are a key technology especially for developing countries.
Originality/value – Digital libraries can assist human development by providing a non-commercial mechanism for distributing humanitarian information on topics such as health, agriculture, nutrition, hygiene, sanitation, water supply, and many other areas ranging from disaster relief to medical education. The paper recommends that adapting quickly to new digital technology is vital for success.
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