The digital Engineering Library: Current technologies and challenges

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Digital library technologies and implementations continue to evolve. Current digital library work emphasizes the integration of distributed information resources with support services that facilitate locating, retrieving, and organizing this digital content. The present working environment of distributed information resources includes publisher full-text repositories, periodical index databases, Web-based resources, Web portals and search engines, and local information resources such as the online catalog and custom databases. Emerging full-text standards, such as the extensible Markup Language (XML), and linking standards, such as the Digital Object Identifier (DOI), will play prominent roles in improving access and retrieval over these heterogeneous digital resources. Several example applications, developed at the Grainger Engineering Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and designed to address digital library integration and linking issues, are presented. The role of libraries and librarians in this evolving digital library environment is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEngineering Libraries
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding Collections and Delivering Services
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781317719274
ISBN (Print)9780789016720
StatePublished - Apr 23 2014


  • Digital libraries
  • Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
  • Full-text resources
  • Information retrieval technologies
  • Simultaneous search techniques
  • XML

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Mischo, W. H. (2014). The digital Engineering Library: Current technologies and challenges. In Engineering Libraries: Building Collections and Delivering Services (pp. 129-146). Taylor and Francis Inc..