Digital Libraries

  • William Hersh
Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)

Our discussion of information retrieval (IR) systems thus far has focused on the provision of retrieval mechanisms to access online content. Even with the expansive coverage of some IR systems, such as Web search engines, they are often part of a larger collection of services or activities. An alternative perspective, especially when communities and/or proprietary collections are involved, is the digital library (DL). Sharing many characteristics with “brick and mortar” libraries, DLs provide some additional challenges.

Borgman (1999) notes that libraries of both types elicit different definitions of what they actually are, with researchers tending to view libraries as content collected for specific communities and practitioners alternatively viewing them as institutions or services. Weise (2004) reminds us that a library is still a physical place and that there is virtue to that place. She describes the value of the library, its mission, and the importance of professionalism in...


Digital Library Electronic Health Record Digital Object Identifier Information Retrieval System Digital Right Management 
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© Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • William Hersh
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  1. 1.Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical EpidemiologyOregon Health & Science UniversityBICC PortlandUSA

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