Enhancing community and collaboration in the virtual library.

Procter, Rob, McKinlay, Andy, Goldenberg, Ana, Davenport, Elisabeth, Burnhill, Peter and Cannell, Sheila (1997) Enhancing community and collaboration in the virtual library. In: Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries. Lecture Notes in computer Science, 1324 . Springer -Verlag, pp. 25-40. ISBN 3 540 63554 8

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The advent of the virtual library is usually presented as a welcome development for library users. Unfortunately, the emphasis which is often placed upon convenience of access tends to reinforce the perception of the use of information resources as a solitary activity. In fact, information retrieval (IR) in the conventional library is often a highly collaborative activity, involving users' peers and experts such as librarians. Failure in the design of virtual library services to take into account the ways in which physical spaces help engender a sense of community and facilitate collaboration will result in its users being denied timely and effective access to valuable sources of assistance.
We report an investigation of collaboration issues in IR. We begin by defining a generic model of collaboration, and of collaborative spaces. Finally, we describe the design of a prototype multimedia-based system intended to facilitate a sense of community and collaboration between its users

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 3 540 63554 8
Additional Information: First European Conference, ECDL '97, Pisa, Italy, September 1-3 1997, Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: information retrieval; collaboration; virtual library;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 020 Library & information sciences
Library of Congress Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Item ID: 3151
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2010 14:58
Last Modified: 16 May 2014 12:35

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