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Trends of building and accessing digital collections and problems of digital divide in the emerging digital era

Author:

IV Malhan

Department of Library Science, University of Jammu, Jammu, IN
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Abstract

The instant accessibility of information through the Internet and development of the World Wide Web have accelerated digitization work in libraries publishing houses and in enormous other organizations concerned with collecting, storing and communication of information. The paper depicts reasons for growing acceptability of digital collections and new kinds of challenges the digital media poses for the libraries and information centres. Portrays the growing unbundling of information in digital form and indicates the trends of development of new information products and knowledge management tools in the emerging digital environment. The growing digitization of information has created an information explosion to a level which the humanity has never witnessed before. In such a scenario cooperation, collaboration, synergy and convergence of work and efforts are the means to ensure accessibility of best possible information services to user communities. The growing volume of digitized information have bridged the information accessibility gap for some by providing access to enormous volume of information on desktop but it has created the problem of digital divide for those who have no access to information technology infrastructure or lack competencies to effectively use it. It suggests that a massive collaborative effort is required for imparting information literacy to people to build their capacities to derive adequate benefits from the digital revolution.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sllim.v2i1.436

Sri Lankan Journal of Librarianship and Information Management Volume 2, No.1 pp.5-10

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How to Cite: Malhan, I., (2009). Trends of building and accessing digital collections and problems of digital divide in the emerging digital era. Sri Lankan Journal of Librarianship and Information Management. 2(1), pp.5–10. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sllim.v2i1.436
Published on 24 Mar 2009.

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