[EAS] Personal Digital Libraries

Peter J. Kindlmann pjk at design.eng.yale.edu
Tue Jul 26 22:17:26 EDT 2005

Dear Colleagues -

With travels and various other preoccupations I haven't been sending 
you many EAS-INFO mailings. Probably not a problem for you.

This article touches on an interesting issue. As the personal files 
and downloads on our computers ever expand, how do they do so in 
relation to any larger organizational principles, like those of 
libraries? Mostly not. Instead our computers become a mini-universe 
of materials at various levels of (dis)organization, with operating 
system tools like the new Spotlight feature in Mac OS 10.4 proposing 
to be a miniGoogle. This article considers the situation in larger 
terms, such as "Lifetime Personal Webspaces" 

All best,  --PJK

(from CIT Infobits -- June 2005)


Academics have always amassed large collections of personal research
materials: journals, letters, clippings, photographs, slides, and
books. Digital capturing, computer storage, and retrieval tools have
made even vaster collections both possible and practical. In "Plenty of
Room at the Bottom? Personal Digital Libraries and Collections" (D-LIB
MAGAZINE, vol. 11, no. 6, June 2005), Neil Beagrie looks at the impact
that growth of personal libraries will have on individuals and the
libraries in their institutions. He envisions the need for more
services to help control, protect, organize, and present these
materials. And he suggests that more formal networking can make
personal collections a part of the larger body of materials available
to researchers. The article is available online at

D-Lib Magazine [ISSN: 1082-9873] covers innovation and research in
digital libraries. D-Lib is published, online and free of charge,
eleven times a year by the Corporation for National Research
Initiatives (CNRI) and is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency (DARPA). For more information, contact: D-Lib Magazine,
c/o Corporation for National Research Initiatives, 1895 Preston White
Drive, Reston, VA 20191 USA; tel: 703-620-8990; fax: 703-620-0913;
email: dlib at cnri.reston.va.us; Web: http://www.dlib.org/.

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