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Open E-Resources in Libraries

Open E-Resources in Libraries
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Author(s): Vesna Injac-Malbaša (National Library of Serbia, Serbia)
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 29
Source title: Progressive Trends in Electronic Resource Management in Libraries
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Nihar K. Patra (National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship & Management, India), Bharat Kumar (Management Development Institute, India) and Ashis K. Pani (XLRI, Jamshedpur, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4761-9.ch009

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Abstract

In general, electronic resources include articles, online journals, e-books, e-theses, databases, Websites, portals, gateways, blogs, etc. The author distinguishes Open Access (OA) resources mainly intended for researchers and open digital heritage mainly intended for the general public. The author’s objective is to present the background of OA resources, different OA initiatives and software, first institutional repositories, open archives browsers and harvesters, open access registries, activities in Europe and UNESCO, and personalities who are the most important advocates of OA. Concerning the open digital heritage, the author’s objective is to present the most important international and national projects like the European Library, Europeana, the World Digital Library, Gutenberg Project, Google Books Project, Hathitrust Digital Library, Digital Public Library of America, International Children’s Digital Library, the Library of Congress Digital Library, Gallica of the French National Library, National Digital Library of China, etc. The author’s opinion is that libraries have to accept all challenges of the open e-resources for researchers and open digital heritage and that the future of open access for all users is not impossible. The world’s knowledge should be accessible as a public good to every citizen of the planet.

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