How to Build a Digital Library

2nd Edition

Print ISBN: 9780123748577
eBook ISBN: 9780080890395
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 7th October 2009
Page Count: 656
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How to Build a Digital Library reviews knowledge and tools to construct and maintain a digital library, regardless of the size or purpose. A resource for individuals, agencies, and institutions wishing to put this powerful tool to work in their burgeoning information treasuries.

The Second Edition reflects developments in the field as well as in the Greenstone Digital Library open source software. In Part I, the authors have added an entire new chapter on user groups, user support, collaborative browsing, user contributions, and so on. There is also new material on content-based queries, map-based queries, cross-media queries. There is an increased emphasis placed on multimedia by adding a "digitizing" section to each major media type. A new chapter has also been added on "internationalization,"  which will address Unicode standards, multi-language interfaces and collections, and issues with non-European languages (Chinese, Hindi, etc.).

Part II, the software tools section, has been completely rewritten to reflect the new developments in Greenstone Digital Library Software, an internationally popular open source software tool with a comprehensive graphical facility for creating and maintaining digital libraries.

Key Features

  • Outlines the history of libraries on both traditional and digital
  • Written for both technical and non-technical audiences and covers the entire spectrum of media, including text, images, audio, video, and related XML standards
  • Web-enhanced with software documentation, color illustrations, full-text index, source code, and more


Librarians, digital librarians, metadata librarians, special collections librarians, institutional repository managers, publications managers, documentation managers, library IT support personnel, and Library and Information Science faculty/students.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Principles and Practices

Chapter 1 Orientation: The world of digital libraries

Example One: Supporting Human Development

Example Two: Pushing on the Frontiers of Science

Example Three: Preserving a Traditional Culture

Example Four: Exploring Popular Music

1.1 Libraries and Digital Libraries

1.2 The Changing Face of Libraries

1.3 Searching for Sophocles

1.4 Digital Libraries in Developing Countries  

1.5 The Pen is Mighty: Wield it Wisely

1.6 Planning a Digital Library

1.7 Implementing a Digital library: The Greenstone Software

1.8 Notes and Sources

Chapter 2 People in Digital Libraries

2.1 Roles  

2.2 Identity

2.3 Help and User Support Services

2.4 Working with Digital Collections

2.5 User Contributions

2.6 Notes and Sources

Chapter 3 Presentation: User Interfaces

3.1 Presenting Textual Documents

3.2 Presenting Multimedia Documents

3.3 Document Surrogates

3.4 Searching

3.5 Metadata Browsing

3.6 Putting It All Together

3.7 Notes and Sources

Chapter 4 Textual documents: The raw material

4.1 Representing Textual Documents

4.2 Textual Images

4.3 Web Documents: HTML and XML

4.4 Presenting Web Documents: CSS and XSL

4.5 Page Description Languages: PostScript and PDF

4.6 Word-Processor Documents

4.7 Other Documents

4.8 Notes and Sources

Chapter 5 Multimedia: More raw material

5.1 Introducing Compression and Transforms

5.2 Audio

5.3 Images

5.4 Video

5.5 Rich media

5.6 Music

5.7 Notes and sources

Chapter 6 Metadata: Elements of orga


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"This book provides broad coverage of related work in the field. That is handy, since there is a large international community working on DLs."-- Edward A. Fox, Director, Digital Library Research Laboratory, Blacksburg, VA

"These chapters (along with the others) are well written and fully illustrated by screen shots and other examples, making the presentation of the technical content very effective.... [T]his is a very worthwhile addition to the literature of digital libraries"-- Thomas D. Wilson, Professor Emeritus at the Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield, Visiting Professor at Leeds University Business School, Visiting Professor at the University of Boras, Sweden.