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OCLC Systems & Services

ISSN: 1065-075X

Online from: 1985

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Emerging technology, innovation, and the digital library

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Title:Emerging technology, innovation, and the digital library
Author(s):H. Frank Cervone, (Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana, USA)
Citation:H. Frank Cervone, (2010) "Emerging technology, innovation, and the digital library", OCLC Systems & Services, Vol. 26 Iss: 4, pp.239 - 242
Keywords:Digital libraries, Innovation, Organizational development, United States of America
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/10650751011087594 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – This paper aims to discuss the issues and impact of emerging technologies and innovation in libraries.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper is a general overview of the concepts and application of emerging technologies and innovation to library practices.

Findings – Librarians need to be careful about how terminology such as emerging technology is used as emerging technology in one sector is not new in others and to have credibility, librarians must understand how those differences may play out within their overall organizations. When libraries are situated in parent organizations that value experimentation and innovation, libraries must be willing to experiment and innovate with services and processes. Furthermore, because technology changes quickly, libraries need to be agile in evaluating and implementing technology.

Originality/value – This paper fills a gap in the digital library project management literature by providing an overview of the issues related to implementing and using emerging technology and innovative practices within libraries.

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