Economic Significance of Digital Libraries: A Structured Review

  • Azino O. Akpokurerie
  • Marian Nina-Okpousung
Keywords: digital library, library users, electronic resources, digitalization


Traditional concept of library is mostly based on print materials; a very important part is how the introduction of technology has affected the communication and interaction between librarians and library users. In traditional libraries users have face-to-face contact with the librarians. They communicate through their eyes; they use oral or nonverbal communication such as facial expression. Presently, attention is shifting from print towards materials in electronic form. Digitalization has increased the means to make materials more readily available by adding advanced search features to access these documents.. Digital mode gives better transmission speed and quality than analog transmission. This paper defined digital libraries, their roles and advantages, their ability to meet users and library economic needs. Challenges related to inadequate finance, infrastructure and lack of expertise are among issues hindering digital libraries establishment. Recommendations made were that specific legislation and financial support be given to libraries from all tiers of government as well as consultation with right owners and other stakeholders is essential to know their peculiarity and need in establishing digital library.

Keywords: digital library, library users, electronic resources, digitalization


Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 2360-994X
print ISSN: 2141-4297