Hybrid Library the Objective of Research Proposal

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g. "Remember to read this article before writing essay"; (7) the ability to save a list of search results to the personal area and also to edit a saved search; (8) Ability to add individual resources contained within search results to their personal area; (9) Personalized current awareness - searches that can be re-run automatically at a specified time; (10) the ability for the user to share their resource collections with other system users by assigning read and perhaps also edit rights to other users; (11) Ability to personalize the look of their personal area - the colors etc.; and (12) Where relevant, the ability to change the title/name of the personal area, collection names in personal area, names of resources in personal area etc." (Pearce and Berko, nd) Finally, the customization functionality enables the library staff in tailoring the system to meet the specific needs of both the library and its users.

The work of Hampson (1999) entitled: "The Impact of the Hybrid Library on Information Services Staff" relates that the barriers and challenges to development of a Hybrid Library include those as follows:

1) costs;

2) infrastructure;

3) academic staff;

4) users;

5) publishers; and 6) institutional.

The work of Gesellschaft (2003) entitled: "The Hybrid Digital Library" states that in recent years there has been a growth in the use of "information technology especially through the development of so-called virtual museums model. The idea of the virtual museum which seems to be asserting itself, is, in fact, the idea of the digital clone of the real museum, accepting all of its structural features. To have meaning and utility, the "virtual" museum of the web should rather be constructed with a radically different configuration from the 'real' museum. In cyberspace the real museum should constitute only the point of departure and return of journeys that are confined neither to the internal perimeter of the museum, nor to the same typology of items or the same discipline or genre to which it relates. The visitor should be permitted explorations not only of objects, but also of ideas and persons, of places and events, of books and documents, whenever this information is preserved. The transition of cultural heritage in the cyberspace has thus to be conceived as the creation of a totally new architecture of knowledge: a meta-museum/library/archive, with no walls nor physical separations. A totally different construct from the way in which cultural heritage is arranged in the real world." (Gesellschaft, 2003) Stated as key words in this process are those of:

1) hybridization;

2) re-composition; and 3) systematic enhancement. (Gesellschaft, 2003)

All of these are used in context of "...the network of meaningful connections among the items of cultural heritage." (Gesellschaft, 2003) According to Gesellschaft (2003) "In the cyberspace the documentation and communication strategies can be finally conceived independently of the curatorial priorities and vision. The autonomy of documentation activity from curatorial concerns will permit to stress the connections and conceptual relations among items of cultural heritage which in the real world are preserved in different places and containers. In the long run, this new perspective will produce an unheard of integration of knowledge, thanks to the enhancement of the enormous multiplicity of threads which connect the various digital items stored in the immense repository of the web. All this obviously implies the establishment of new forms of programmatic cooperation among content providers." (Gesellschaft, 2003) Gesellschaft, goes on to relate that presently the "...interoperability among different digital archives is guaranteed on a large scale only by search engines; that is by a third party (the other two being content-providers and users), which has no role in the content production. Search engines work from the outside, ignoring the conceptual structure of data that they filter. As everybody well knows, search engines use above all statistic methods and string search. Because of their extrinsic filtering procedures, search engines cannot guarantee content-driven search." (2003) Added to this, states Gesellschaft are the economic concerns in implementing these types of applications.


There are vital aspects of implementation and deployment of the Hybrid Library that must be considered including the applications that will be utilized as well as the costs for these types of systems. What is certain is the need for integration supporting the Hybrid Library because the Hybrid Library will soon be demanded by library users who are quickly becoming adapted to accessing information that is vital to them via the Internet.


Medina, AG, and Coso, T. (2005) "Libraries - a voyage of discovery" World Library and Information Congress: 71th IFLA General Conference and Council

Pearce, J. And Berko, M. (nd) Hybrid library requirements defined by HeadLine. National Library of Australia.

Pearce, J. And Berko, M. (nd) the Hybrid Library Revisited. National Library of Australia.

Rusbridge, C. And Royan, B. (2000) Toward the Hybrid Library: Development in UK Higher Education. In IFLA Council and General Conference Proceedings 66th Jerusalem, Israel, August 13-18, 20000. Online available at http://www.ofla.org/IV/ifla66/papers/001-142e.htm.

Hampson, a. (1999) the Impact of the Hybrid Library on Information Services Staff. Birmingham University Integrated Library Development and Electronic Resource. 14 Jan 1999. Online…

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