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A model for creating a virtual library in Iranian universities of medical sciences

A model for creating a virtual library in Iranian universities of medical sciences This paper aims to propose an integrating model for creating virtual libraries in Iranian universities of medical sciences.Design/methodology/approachThis study was conducted with an analytic survey method. The statistical population comprised 66 Iranian universities of medical sciences, of which 59 libraries participated in the study. A researcher-made checklist was used for data collection. To ensure the accuracy of data, interviews and, in some cases, observations were also performed. Statistical estimates, including frequency, percentage, cumulative frequency and diagrams, were used for data analysis, and the system analysis method was used for modeling.FindingsResults demonstrated that the library software programs of the studied universities of medical sciences do not have desirable interoperability capabilities. Only Azarsa program can exchange information with other systems. In terms of metadata and its standards, the studied libraries use programs with various standards, with MARC and Dublin Core standards being the most frequently used ones in the studied sample.Originality/valueThe model proposed here for integration is a hybrid model which can translate metadata standards and use the Z39.50 and OEI protocol to transfer data. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Electronic Library Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
0264-0473
DOI
10.1108/el-01-2019-0017
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Abstract

This paper aims to propose an integrating model for creating virtual libraries in Iranian universities of medical sciences.Design/methodology/approachThis study was conducted with an analytic survey method. The statistical population comprised 66 Iranian universities of medical sciences, of which 59 libraries participated in the study. A researcher-made checklist was used for data collection. To ensure the accuracy of data, interviews and, in some cases, observations were also performed. Statistical estimates, including frequency, percentage, cumulative frequency and diagrams, were used for data analysis, and the system analysis method was used for modeling.FindingsResults demonstrated that the library software programs of the studied universities of medical sciences do not have desirable interoperability capabilities. Only Azarsa program can exchange information with other systems. In terms of metadata and its standards, the studied libraries use programs with various standards, with MARC and Dublin Core standards being the most frequently used ones in the studied sample.Originality/valueThe model proposed here for integration is a hybrid model which can translate metadata standards and use the Z39.50 and OEI protocol to transfer data.

Journal

The Electronic LibraryEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 6, 2019

Keywords: Digital libraries; Interoperability; Information exchange model; Information exchange protocol; Libraries of Iranian universities of medical sciences; Standard metadata; Medical sciences universities; Iran

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