Best practices in digital asset management for electronic texts in academic research libraries
Dr. Paul Cesarini, Advisor
Digital information is becoming increasingly prevalent and libraries must develop new
strategies to effectively archive electronic materials. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to
identify and synthesize best practices of digital asset management of electronic texts in academic
research libraries. The study was a “snapshot” of major topics related to digital asset
Minimal research has been conducted to identify best practices in this field when
compared to the amount of research that has been conducted for the print domain. The main
issues that are seen in existing literature are digital materials selection, funding, digital rights
management (DRM), and information authenticity. Several major trends also arose from the
literature, including digital library architecture, metadata standards and search strategies, and
bibliographic management software.
A modified Delphi study was used to gather qualitative data from librarians at several
institutions within the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Eight librarians from several
ARL institutions participated in two E-mail questionnaires. Participants were selected by
identifying research-extensive libraries on the ARL website and selecting potential participants
based on their job titles. Data was analyzed by identifying major themes and patterns that arose
in the individual responses.
Participants all possessed baccalaureate degrees, but had varied educational backgrounds,
representing fields such as computer science, history, humanities, and natural sciences. Most of
the participants also held advanced degrees in library science. Each library represented by the
participants had a unique organizational structure and used different systems and strategies.
There was significant discussion about the use of proprietary versus open-source software,
content management systems, and other specific digital asset management strategies.
Participants revealed that each library has a specialization and fulfills a specific role
within the ARL libraries. Software selection and preferred strategies and methods were also
discussed by the participants, but these issues were trivial compared to more major issues raised
in the responses such as the fundamental roles of digital libraries and the desire for consortia.
The consensus among the participants was that digital libraries must work to cooperate within
their own university libraries as well as with other digital libraries.
School:Bowling Green State University
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:digital libraries electronic information resources academic
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