Digital Libraries and Virtual Workplaces: Important Initiatives for Latin America in the Information Age.






Edited by Johann van Reenen

University of New Mexico






Published by the

Organization of American States, Washington, DC, USA



Digital Libraries and Virtual Workplaces: Important Initiatives for Latin America in the Information Age.


CONTENTS:


Preface


Chapter 1. Work and Productivity in the 21st Century

Johann van Reenen, University of New Mexico, UNM Libraries, and the Ibero-American Science & Technology Education Consortium, Albuquerque, NM, USA


Chapter 2. E-business, e-ideas, e-government, e-policies, and e-education

Ramiro Jordan, University of New Mexico and the Ibero-American Science & Technology Education Consortium, Albuquerque, NM, USA


Chapter 3. Scholarly publishing and intellectual property in the electronic environment

Johann van Reenen, University of New Mexico, UNM Libraries, and the Ibero-American Science & Technology Education Consortium, Albuquerque, NM, USA


Chapter 4. Overview of Digital Library developments

Edward A. Fox, Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA


Chapter 5. Overview of a Guide for Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Edward A. Fox, Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA


Chapter 6. The technology infrastructure supporting digital library developments

Nancy K. Dennis, Collections and Technology Services, University of New Mexico General Library, Albuquerque, NM, USA


Chapter 7. Digital Libraries and distance education

Ana M B Pavani, Departamento de Engenharia Elétrica, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil


Chapter 8. Digital Information for Latin American Social Medicine: A case study

Holly Shipp Buchanan, Howard Waitzkin, Jonathan Eldredge, Russ Davidson, and Celia Iriart, Health Sciences Center, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA.


Chapter 9. Science and technology information and digital library initiatives in Latin America

Johann van Reenen, University of New Mexico, UNM Libraries, and the Ibero-American Science & Technology Education Consortium, Albuquerque, NM, USA


Chapter 10. Databases and Portals for knowledge management

Soraya Abad-Mota, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Departamento de Computación y Tecnología de la Información, Caracas, Venezuela


Chapter 11. The Future role of the OAS in support of digital library developments in Latin America.

Carlos Paldao, Organization of American States, Washington, DC, USA



Summary (223 words)


Digital Libraries and Virtual Workplaces: Important initiatives for Latin America in the Information Age.


In a world becoming increasingly connected electronically the divide between people working in different at different levels, in different departments, organizations, and countries are melting away. It is becoming easier to "cross" political, economic and national borders. However, to participate in this global workplace, workers will need:


This monograph addresses all of these issues in the context of the development of digital libraries. To develop the software, digital content, human resources and services needed for successful digital library projects require innovation and working in new ways. The chapter authors were drawn from a variety of information technology situations. They provide, first, an understanding of the broad concepts and principles underlying the global electronic information economy. Secondly, the skills needed to develop digital library projects and detailed examples of successful projects, and finally, ways to integrate and deliver a variety of digital information and educational services based on digital library content and functions.