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A Not Too Technical Explanation of XML in the library

A Not Too Technical Explanation of XML in the library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

At the heart of every librarian is the desire to organize information so that it is accessible; a library without a cataloging system is just a pile of books. ....

 

The challenge before librarians today is to take the seemingly unknowable expanse of electronic resources, and catalogue it so that it is available to users searching from many different portals, in different languages and in different platforms. In this present challenge, XML is the best option for organization and delivery of information. Once translated and catalogued under XML standards, the bibliographic information of any scanned text or object is comprehensive, with more depth and cataloguing detail than ever before. This in turn affects library applications such as inter library loans and the storing and accessing of digital libraries or archives.

 

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Library Usage On The Rise Across Canada As Libraries Adapt To New Technology

Library Usage On The Rise Across Canada As Libraries Adapt To New Technology | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"MONTREAL - It's a sunny fall afternoon — likely one of the last warm days this year — yet Montreal's largest library is buzzing.The Grande Bibliotheque's rows of sofa chairs and sleek desks are packed with people tapping on laptops, flipping..."

 

"Despite the rise of smart phones and ebook readers, many Canadian libraries are busier than ever.

And the renaissance may be due in part to the very technology that was expected to threaten their existence.

Across the country, library usage is up 45 per cent over the past decade, from 16.6 to 24.1 transactions on average per capita, according to a recent report prepared by Lumos Research for the Canadian Urban Libraries Council.

Much of that growth has been driven by digital information.

The use of electronic databases more than doubled, and Internet visits to library websites and catalogues grew five-fold in the period, according to the report."

 

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