Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Poets of Kashmir: A Digital Library

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Poets of Kashmir: A Digital Library

Article excerpt

INTRODUCTION

Information explosion, literature flood, publication deluge, mushroom growth of computer and communication technologies and networks worldwide not only made the task of bibliographical control difficult, but also forced the contemporary librarians to make a paradigm shift from the age old traditional library operation to automation with the help of latest technology (Thapa, 2007). The idea of easy, finger-tip access to information-what we conceptualize as digital libraries today-began with Vennuear Bush's Memex machine and has continued to evolve with an advancement in information technology. With the arrival of computers, the concept centered on large bibliographic databases, the now familiar online retrieval and public access systems that are part of any contemporary library. When computers were connected into large networks forming the Internet, the concept evolved again, and research turned to create libraries of digital information that could be accessed by anyone from anywhere in the world. Phrases like "virtual library," "electronic library," library without walls" and, most recently, "digital library," all have been used interchangeably to describe this broad concept (Bearman, 2007).

Digital library is "the collection of services and the collection of information objects and their organization, structure, and presentation that support users in dealing with information objects available directly or indirectly via electronic/digital means." The impact of Information and Communication Technology on library and information centres is profound. Libraries are facing tremendous challenges in all dimensions and it has become imperative for information professionals to redefine their role in disseminating information to the users (Koohang & Ondracek, 2005). The development of information technology in the field of digital libraries has attracted many research efforts during the last years. Members of the library and information profession have become acutely aware in recent years. One area receiving significant attention is the development of access to information through digital libraries. Much of the existing research in the digital library field is concerned with the practical application or implementation of digital libraries. There are many thousands of digital library projects currently underway in all sectors of the library community. The approach towards setting up the digital library standards, software technologies and best practices is definitely taking a shape. To cope up with the information needs with speed and relative accuracy and reliability, the digital library has emerged as the most important and reliable resort, and so knowledge discovery in these type of libraries becomes a predominant factor (Sonkar, Makhija, Kumar & Singh, 2005).

Digital content is today being produced in quantities that are deeply transforming the enterprise and the creative media industries. Conditions for production and consumption are also rapidly changing as more and more content is produced by users. New ways of expressing and representing cultural and scientific content in digital form are creating new opportunities for people to experience and share assets. Digital libraries are playing great role in highlighting the unexplored literature and also helps in giving credibility to the writers or the contributors. Open source software's incorporate an interface that makes it easy for people to create their own library collections.

Kashmir has remained a seat of learning and knowledge, religious and philosophical discourses since centuries. Kashmir has a rich and vibrant cultural history and a tradition of learning and scholarly pursuit since times immemorial. Through the ages, it has been a melting pot of ideas, which have been distilled into the finest traditions of learning, tolerance and cultural cohesion. It reflects the contributions made by thinkers and men of letters like Charak, Bhartrihari, Bilhana, Kalhana and saints and sages called Rishis and Sufis. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.