An updated how-to-do-it manual for building digital libraries

For Immediate Release
Thu, 09/20/2018


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — Whether you’re embarking on the challenge of building a digital collection from scratch or simply need to understand the conceptual and technical challenges of constructing a digital library, the new second edition of “Building Digital Libraries,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is the ideal guidebook to keep at your side. This thoroughly updated and reworked How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians by Kyle Banerjee and Terry Reese, Jr. details how digital resources are created, distributed, and accessed, and shows how librarians can keep up with the latest technologies for successfully completing these tasks. Demystifying core technologies and workflows, this book comprehensively covers:

  • needs assessment and planning for a digital repository;
  • choosing a platform;
  • acquiring, processing, classifying, and describing digital content;
  • storing and managing resources in a digital repository;
  • digital preservation;
  • technologies and standards useful to digital repositories, including XML, the Portland Common Data Model, metadata schema such as Dublin Core, scripting using JSON and REST, linked open data, and automated metadata assignment;
  • sharing data and metadata;
  • understanding information-access issues, including digital rights management; and
  • analyzing repository use, planning for the future, migrating to new platforms, and accommodating new types of data.

Banerjee has twenty years’ library experience, extensive systems knowledge, and has planned and written software to support ILS, digital collections, and resource-sharing system migrations since 1996. He has coauthored two other textbooks about digital libraries and has written numerous articles on library automation. Reese, Jr. is the head of digital initiatives at the Ohio State University Libraries. Over the past seventeen years, his research interests have centered on the changing nature of library metadata and the ways in which this data can be reused and transformed in different contexts. He is the author and creator of MarcEdit, a cross-platform library metadata editing tool that is designed to lower the technical barriers for users working with various forms of library metadata, and author of numerous other publications.

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