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Within the library world, there is a growing interest in the use of XML in journals, not least because of its implications for e‐journal archiving. But what is actually happening in the commercial journals market? How far have XML and its related standards permeated the production of real...
Outcome-based evaluation is increasingly used for digital library projects. The point of outcome-based evaluation is to establish a project's effectiveness with its target audience. Although many small-scale human-oriented project outcomes do not readily lend themselves to survey or statistical...
Many thousands of researchers are now using personal bibliographic managers such as Reference Manager, EndNote and ProCite to access bibliographic databases via the Z39.50 protocol. With the EndNote software as an example, this paper demonstrates how researchers are using a standard search...
The rapid and continuing evolution of information technology has occasioned large stocks of electronic resources in libraries and created pressure for both library professionals and users to continue learning in order to provide effective service and make adequate use of the new information...
An increasing number of colleges and universities throughout the world are adopting electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) as either an option or a requirement for graduate degrees. This movement has resulted in questions about the role of these electronic documents in the world of scholarly...
SFX is an XML‐based product designed to inter‐link electronic resources with other resources in context‐sensitive manner. SFX was first developed at the University of Ghent by Herbert Van de Sompel and has been released as a commercial product by Ex Libris. Use statistics garnered from...
For libraries, a chronic lack of space is nothing new and is an international phenomenon. It has become a truism that the rise of digital information, electronic documents and the “media revolution” has not (at least for the time being) solved the space deficit. Precisely the opposite. Space...
This article describes the University of Iowa's process of system migration from selection and data conversion to implementation and presentation of this new system to staff, faculty, students, and the public. Following a three-year selection effort, Ex Libris' Aleph500 was chosen as the new...
Electronic reserves help registered campus users who need anytime‐access to documents. Electronic reserves comprise digital files, mostly HTML or PDF formats. In some circumstances the HTML or PDF file is “readable” to the sighted individual, but are sometimes either partially or completely...
This paper discusses the genesis of e‐books and derives a comprehensive definition from various definitions reported for them. It lists the various types of e‐books with their characteristics and the major players in the market. It also highlights the pros and cons of e‐books, and compares...
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