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Enhancing community and collaboration in the virtual library

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRESEARCH AND ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY FOR DIGITAL LIBRARIES
EditorsC Peters, C Thanos
Place of PublicationBERLIN 33
PublisherSpringer-Verlag GmbH
Pages25-40
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)3-540-63554-8
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Event1st European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries (ECDL 97) - PISA, Italy
Duration: 1 Sep 19973 Sep 1997

Publication series

NameLECTURE NOTES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
PublisherSPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN
Volume1324
ISSN (Print)0302-9743

Conference

Conference1st European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries (ECDL 97)
CountryItaly
Period1/09/973/09/97

Abstract

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 TR. 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.

    Research areas

  • information retrieval, collaboration, virtual library

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