Emerald Insight | Library Review | Personal Digital Libraries: a self-archiving approach
Use the link to access pay-per-view options for the article published in Library Review available from Emerald. The abstract reads as follows: "Purpose - Literature presents a wide range of perceptions to the term Personal Digital Libraries (PDL). In this paper we examine PDL as a self archiving approach mainly based on the individuals’ activities. The rationale of using PDL and the capabilities that PDL should offer are also discussed. The key questions, we focus on, are the following ones: 'What are the critical features of the PDL?' and 'Are there technologies that enable the implementation/incorporation of such capabilities in a low cost software product?'. Design/methodology/approach - We focus on 'a user centred view of information process', and examine how PDL could assist individuals to 'create, seek, share and manage the life of information' (Foster et al., 2010). The capabilities that PDL should support, and the related technologies, are also discussed. Then, we describe some experimentation with a prototype implemented and used to clarify our view for the creation of PDL supporting/providing the mentioned capabilities. Further discussion and conclusions are finally presented. Findings - The technology is mature enough for building up Personal Digital Libraries (PDLs) with the specified features/capabilities. Originality/value - A new perception to the term Personal Digital Libraries is presented. This perception try to combine the self archiving approach of information, based on a low-cost tool, and the user-centred approach to manage the 'life of information'. This type o library is mainly used to cover personal needs. Users benefit from this type of PDL by: (a) personalised handling of information, (b) reduced time to search and seek specific documents in their personal collections, (c) less possibility for broken links or unavailable documents. We must also mention that, new opportunities seem to appear for offering PDL as services in the cloud."