Purpose – To argue that theoretical models from non‐LIS disciplines can be of practical benefit to practitioner LIS research. In the area of digitisation collection development policy, such models highlight the importance of digital library preservation issues. Design/methodology/approach – An application of formal models from cultural theories derived from structuralism and semiotics to LIS problems. Findings – Theoretical models from non‐LIS disciplines help illustrate and understand problems such as developing information literacy in the digital library environment or creating a balance between the need to develop new digital collections and the preservation of the digital collections which have already been created. Research limitations/implications – This is a theoretical argument that could be tested by practical case study investigation. Practical implications – The paper suggests that resourcing should be applied to digital preservation activity rather than a fresh round of digitisation of print originals, the preservation implications of which are uncertain. Originality/value – This paper gives some original perspectives on practical LIS challenges by applying abstract ideas from the area of cultural theory and applied linguistics.
Library Review – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 1, 2006
Keywords: Digital libraries; Collections management