1st Edition

Becoming a Digital Library

By Susan J. Barnes Copyright 2004

    This excellent reference traces the construction and maintenance of the digital collections and services that have been available day in and day out to users worldwide for more than a decade. It examines applicable guidelines for any library looking to build and manage systems, conduct and evaluate projects, and scout new directions for mainstreaming and hybridizing the building of a digital library. Including contributions from seasoned experts in specializations such as staffing, collection development, and technology project management for digital libraries, Becoming a Digital Library discusses the techniques for finding and training the right people to build a digital library.


    Susan J. Barnes is Resource Sharing Coordinator, Pacific Northwest Regional Medical Library, University of Washington, Seattle. The author of numerous professional publications, she is a member of the American Library Association, the Medical Library Association, and the Washington Medical Library Association. She received the B.S. degree (1976) in horticulture from Washington State University, Pullman, and the M.S. degree (1978) in librarianship from the University of Washington School of Librarianship, Seattle.

    "The accomplishments of the Mann Library staff in the digital arena are numerous and far-reaching in their impact….

    "…This book is an outstanding example of Mann Library's teamwork….Reading the various chapters is sure to benefit those seeking advice on the digital library highway, but in a broader sense, this book is vital for anyone seeking to build a healthy, vibrant, and successful organization."
    Sarah Thomas, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A.