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Electronic Library, The

ISSN: 0264-0473

Online from: 1983

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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The role of a digital librarian in the management of digital information systems (DIS)

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Title:The role of a digital librarian in the management of digital information systems (DIS)
Author(s):V. Sreenivasulu, (V. Sreenivasulu is an Information Specialist (Data, Computer and Software Group, DCSG), Indian National Scientific Documentation Centre (INSDOC), New Delhi, India.)
Citation:V. Sreenivasulu, (2000) "The role of a digital librarian in the management of digital information systems (DIS)", Electronic Library, The, Vol. 18 Iss: 1, pp.12 - 20
Keywords:Electronic publishing, Information superhighway, Information systems, Librarians, Libraries, Management
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/02640470010320380 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Stresses that the multimedia nature of the next generation of digital libraries requires the digital librarians (DL) to be essentially a type of specialist librarian who has to manage and organize the digital library, handle the specialized tasks of massive digitization, storage, access, digital knowledge mining, digital reference services, electronic information services, search co-ordination, and manage the archive and its access. The digital librarian acts as guardian of the information superhighway/the universal digital library or the global digital library and acts as a symbiotic human-machine guru. This article also highlights the roles and functions of a DL in information retrieval, content delivery, navigation, and browsing. It envisages the professional education and training for digital librarians in the management of digital information systems. It denotes the DL’s interface functions, roles, skills and competencies for the management of digital information systems in the important areas of imaging technologies, optical character recognition, markup languages, cataloguing, metadata, multimedia indexing and database technology, user interface design, programming, and Web technology. This paper finally advocates and targets the task of creating a new job title – digital librarian – to take care of digital libraries and to manage the digital information system.

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