Overview for Digital Cataloguing
A digital library is a library in which collections are stored in digital formats and accessible by computers. The digital content may be stored locally, or accessed remotely via computer networks. A digital library is a type of information retrieval system. The first use of the term digital library in print may have been in a 1988 report to the Corporation for National Research Initiatives The Technology used to create digital libraries has been even more revolutionary for archives since it breaks down the second and third of these general rules. Most digital libraries provide a search interface, which allows resources to be found. There are a number of software packages for use in general digital libraries, for notable ones see digital library software. The advantages of digital libraries as a means of easily and rapidly accessing books, archives and images of various types are now widely recognized by commercial interests and public bodies alike and the cost of maintaining a digital library is much lower than that of a traditional library.